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New Faculty Appointment - Emily Laxer

Graduate Program in Sociology
New Faculty Appointment
Professor Emily Laxer

The Program is pleased to welcome to Dr. Emily Laxer, the Graduate Program’s newest appointment. Emily Laxer is Assistant Professor of Sociology at York’s Glendon College. Her research examines how contests for political power shape the incorporation of ethno-religious minorities in largescale immigration countries. In a current study, she focuses on the impact of party political debates over Islamic religious coverings in circumscribing the boundaries of nationhood in France and Canada (including Québec). Emily received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 2015 and subsequently held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. Her forthcoming book – Unveiling the Nation: The Politics of Secularism in France and Québec – will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2019.

Congratulations...

One of the Recipients of Prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Leigha Comer - July 2018

York celebrates recipients of prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship | 2018 | Recipient: Leigha Comer

Comer’s proposed thesis The Social Organization of Opioid Use for Chronic Pain in Canada examines the day-to-day lives of individuals using opioids to manage their chronic pain.

“In light of the significant increase of opioid-related deaths and harms in North America – the ‘opioid crisis’ – there have been a series of policy decisions intended to curb opioid use,” says Comer. “The problem with these policies is that they target the use of opioids for chronic pain as a ‘primary pathway’ through which opioids are misused and diverted, and so they criminalize people who need opioids for pain relief without recognizing the complex ways in which they come to use opioids in the first place.”

Comer notes that current policies attribute these individuals as criminals as opposed to vulnerable members of society who have a right to pain relief. “My goal is to give a voice to people with chronic pain, and to recognize them as key stakeholders in policy decisions targeted at curbing the ‘opioid epidemic.’ I'd like to bring more attention to how people with chronic pain actually come to use opioids for their pain,” she says.

In addition to thanking Sociology faculty and staff members Harris Ali, Pat Armstrong and Audrey Tokiwa, Comer’s supervisor, Eric Mykhalovskiy, has been a steadfast supporter throughout the application process. “My methodology and my theoretical framework are very much inspired by his work, and in particular his emphasis on producing knowledge for people that will have real impacts on their lives.

CSA Awards - Vivian Stamatopoulos

Canadian Sociological Association
Outstanding  Doctoral Student
2017/2018
Recipient:  Vivian Stamatopoulos

Vivian Stamatopoulos is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). She holds a Bachelor or Arts from the University of Toronto and  Master of Arts (Sociology) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from York University (Sociology).  Vivian's research interests centre on child and youth-based caregiving (i.e., Young Carers) and she is currently collaborating with a team of Canadian researchers to examine transitions to adulthood in the context of youth-based caregiving.  When not conducting research, she is teaching a range of courses from Research Methods to Youth Cultures to Qualitative Research.  Vivian considers teaching one of her greatest joys and has been awarded with the Faculty of Social Science & Humanities Teaching Award (UOIT), the President's University Wide Teaching Award (York University) and the John O'Neill Award for Teaching Excellence (York University).

Welcome Baby

Congratulations go out to Leigha Comer, who on March 12, 2018, gave birth to baby boy named George Finn.  George weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces.  The new family is doing well.

 

 

 

 

Michael Baptista Essay Prize - Carlo Charles

Michael Baptista Essay Prize
Awarded to Carlo Charles, MA Candidate

Congratulations to Carlo Charles, who is this year's recipient of the Michael Baptista Essay Prize for his paper, “Transnational Social Field:  A Framework to Analyze National Identity and the Haitian State’s Cultural Politics of Belonging in the Haitian Diaspora”.

Carlo would like to acknowledge Professor Hyun Ok Park’s academic guidance, investment and interest in this work.

Postdoctoral Supervisor Award - Pat Armstrong

Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award
Professor Pat Armstrong

York University’s Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) honoured Professor Pat Armstrong with the Faculty’s inaugural Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award. The newly established award recognizes professors who demonstrate exemplary support for postdoctoral scholars at York University, exceeding general supervisory expectations.   For the full story, please see York's yfile.

CSA Awards - Leigha Comer

Canadian Sociological Association
Outstanding MA Program Student
2016/2017
Recipient:  Leigha Comer

Photo of StudentFor my Master's thesis, I conducted a content analysis of the chronic pain content at three undergraduate medical schools in Ontario. Overall, I found that the medical schools differ significantly not only in the amount of pain content structured into each curriculum, but also how key topics such as pain mechanisms, pain management, and opioid prescribing practices are taught. I also found that each curriculum describes pain patients as "difficult" and "overwhelming." Content on pain management tends to link chronic pain with addiction, and pain patients are frequently framed as unrewarding to work with, demanding, and non-compliant. My hope is that my work will contribute to the growing literature on promising practices for pain management, and particularly the need to promote both technical skills and positive pain beliefs among medical students.

Welcome Baby

Congratulations go out to Amanda Salerno, who on March 18, 2017, gave birth to baby girl named Gabriella Elena Emma.  Gabriella weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces.  The new family is doing well.

Graduate Program in Sociology Distinguished Dissertation Award/CSA Award

Graduate Program in Sociology Distinguished Dissertation Award, 2016 and Recipient of the Canadian Sociological Association Outstanding PhD Program Student
Recipient:  Markus Kip, PhD

 

Photo of graduate studentThe Ends of Union Solidarity: Undocumented Labour and German Trade Unions

This dissertation focuses on the contested practices of union solidarity with undocumented migrant workers in Germany. Unionists part ways when it comes to the practical meaning of solidarity with workers who lack work permits. To some union members, undocumented migrant workers ought to be included in the bonds of union solidarity by virtue of being workers. To others, undocumented migrant workers are primarily illegal and unfair competitors undermining existing practices and institutions of solidarity. Since 2008, six union centres for undocumented migrant workers called MigrAr (German “Migration & Arbeit”, English “migration & labour”) have been established by labour activists. Their institutionalization under the umbrella of German unions continues to arouse controversies among their members.

This research builds on an activist ethnography following the Extended Case Method. The researcher is positioned as an activist in the MigrAr centre in Berlin. In a critical encounter with Jürgen Habermas's work, the research charts the significance of instrumental and normative rationalities in union controversies around undocumented labour, since it became a topic two decades ago. The fieldwork shows that activists’ engagement for expanding union solidarity cannot be properly understood in relation to Habermas’s account of instrumental and normative rationality alone.

The dissertation, moreover, contests Habermas's dismissal of material reproduction, especially in relation to work and citizenship, as significant for the development of solidarity. Contrary to Habermas's premise of symmetrical reciprocity in his notion of solidarity, this research demonstrates that activists understand their own practice as being premised on conditions of asymmetry. Differences pertain among activists, as to whether this requires holding on to established labour standards and union procedures, or whether specific measures are required to practice union solidarity under the condition of undocumented workers’ legal, economic, and social vulnerabilities. Affirming the latter approach, activists in the Berlin centre encounter multiple obstacles to implement it in union organizations as the ethnography details. Drawing on participant observations and interviews, I argue that the activist practice of solidarity is motivated by what I call political imagination; the ability to imagine activist practices as a contribution towards realizing an alternative form of union solidarity.

To the award committee: Thank you! I feel humbled by this notice. This dissertation has been made possible by the outstanding support from my supervisor, Ratiba Hadj-Moussa, as well as by supervisory committee members Mark P. Thomas and Roger Keil. Many members of the graduate programme have contributed to the production of this piece of work. Here I would like to express my deep gratitude to AK Thompson, Alan Bourke, Audrey Tokiwa, Jesse Carlson, Sheryl Peters and Tia Dafnos, particularly for their feedback and help during the final phase.

Since April 2016, I work as a postdoc at the Graduate School of Urban Studies, Faculty of Architecture at Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany. Looking at newly built housing for refugees in Germany as well as contemporary approaches to postwar modernist architecture in an international setting, I am using architecture as a lens to understand hegemonic and contested notions of social solidarity.

Program Events

Informal Social Event, November 1, 2018

Social Event in Advance of Angela Davis Lecture
November 1, 2018
4:30 PM
Angela Davis Lecture - 7:00 PM
Purchase tickets at the old Student Centre, Room 106

Amber Gazso and Kathy invite you to join them at the Underground on Thursday, November 1st for a pleasant social gathering - anticipating a great event to follow.

YGSA Social, Friday, October 19, 2018

The York Sociology Graduate Association
First Social of the Year!
Friday, October 19, 2018
6:00 PM
Ballroom Bowl
145 John Street

This Friday, October 19th, at 6:00 pm, we will be meeting at the Ballroom Bowl (located at 145 John St.). If you take the subway South to Osgoode Station, it is about a 5 minute walk. Come out and enjoy a night of bowling and drinks, to celebrate the end of SSHRC and OGS-related stress!

Feel free to contact tfinlay@yorku.ca if you have any questions about the social.

 

October 2018 Convocation

The Graduate Program in  Sociology congratulates its newest graduates!

Welcome Back Reception

Welcome Back Reception
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 200 p.m.
Sociology Staff Lounge
2169 Vari Hall

On September 5, the Program welcomed the new cohort, as well as welcomed back both faculty and students to a new academic year.

June Convocation

Meet some of the program's newest MA and PhD graduates.

YSGA Social

YSGA Social
Saturday, February 24, 2018
8:00 p.m.
Snakes and Lattes Games Cafe
600 Bloor Street West

All members of the YSGA and their families, as well as sociology faculty, are invited to the first social of the winter term.  For more information, please contact ysga@yorku.ca (.pdf)

Welcome to the Start of a New Term

Thursday, January 18, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Underground Restaurant

Come out and celebrate the start of a new term, the new subway, a new campus pub...

YSGA Social

YSGA Social
November 18, 2017
Bar and Karaoke
360 Yonge Street
6:00 - 9:00

The YSGA is hosting its first social of the year.  All members of the York Sociology Graduate Association and their families, as well as sociology faculty and staff are invited. (.pdf)

October 2017 Convocation

Convocation
June 21, 2017
Aviva Centre

The Graduate Program in Sociology is extremely proud of its most recent graduates.  We wish you all well!

YSGA Social

YSGA Social
Saturday, February 11, 2017
6:30
Trinity Common
303 August Avenue (Kensington Market)

All members of the Graduate Program are invited to the YSGA's 3rd social event of the year.  Come on out and celebrate the winter term with great food and drink! (.pdf)

Lunar New Year/Spring Festival

Lunar New Year/Spring Festival
Saturday, February 11, 2017
11:30
Mother's Dumplings
420 Spadina Avenu

Come on out and celebrate the Lunar New Year/Spring Festival.

Inauguration Get Together

Inauguration Get Together
Thursday, January 19, 2017
5:30
Underground Restaurant

All members of the graduate program in sociology are invited to come to this... interesting and unusual moment.

YSGA Social

YSGA  Social:  Pub Night!
Friday, December 2, 2016
8:00 p.m.
Elephant & Castle
378 Yonge Street (Yonge and Gerrard)

All members of the program are invited to the second YSGA social (pdf).  Let's get together for dinner and drinks at the Elephant and Castle and celebrate the end of the term!

Please RSVP to ysga@yorku.ca.

October 2016 Convocation

Convocation
October 20, 2016
Aviva Centre

The Graduate Program in Sociology congratulates our October 2016 graduates.  We wish you all the best!

Annual Bake Sale for the Workers' Action Centre

Annual Bake Sale for the Workers' Action Centre
Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 27
11:00-3:00
Sociology Graduate Lounge, 2071 Vari Hall

Azar Masoumi and Danielle Landry will be holding a bake sale to raise funds for the amazing Workers' Action Centre.  If you are on campus, please do drop by, enjoy some sweets and support a very good cause!

If you can't make it to the bake sale, you can still support the initiative by donating online to their team Bowl'nforce.  Even the smallest of donations is appreciated.

YSGA Social

YSGA Social
October 15, 2016
7:30-9:30
Bar + Karaoke
360 Yonge Street, #2

The York Sociology Graduate Association (YSGA) will be hosting its first social event of the year.  All graduate students and faculty in the Graduate Program in Sociology are invited to attend.

Welcome Back Reception

Welcome Back Reception
September 14, 2016
2169 Vari Hall

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016 the Graduate Program hosted a "Welcome Back Reception" where the incoming cohort were introduced to faculty and students in the program.

June 2016 Convocation

Convocation
June  22, 2016
Aviva Centre

The Graduate Program in Sociology congratulates our June 2016 graduates.  We wish you all the best!

Our Faculty and Student Research Events

Call for Abstracts | YSGA's Annual Symposium: Mobilizing Knowledge, Making Connections | March 8, 2019 | Submission deadline; January 30, 2019

The York Sociology Graduate Association  (YSGA) invites you to submit an abstract for “Mobilizing Knowledge, Making Connections,” our 8th annual sociology graduate student symposium.

The symposium will be held March 8th, 2019, at York University.
We welcome submissions from all graduate students, whether at the Masters and Ph.D. level. The symposium is intended to provide a safe space for you to present your research with peers, faculty, and incoming students. Proposals are welcome on any topic relevant to your research.
Each panel will allow 15 minutes per presentation, followed by a 15 minute panel discussion to follow. We welcome both individual and panel submissions (see instructions below).

For panel submissions (3 presentations, 15 minutes each)
Please submit a title, 500 word summary, and 3 keywords for the panel. Also include a short biography (100 words) for each student that will be involved in the panel.
For individual submissions (15 minutes)
Please submit a title, 200 word abstract, 3 keywords, and a short biography (100 words) for your presentation.

Please email submissions to tfinlay@yorku.ca by January 30th, 2019.
For more information or accessibility needs, please email tfinlay@yorku.ca or speak to a member of the YSGA.

Canadian Sociological Association Conference June 3 - 6, 2019 | University of British Columbia | Call for Abstracts opens November 19 and the online system will accept submissions until January 28, 2019

The 53nd Annual Conference of the CSA-SCS will be held from June 3 through to June 6, 2019 as part of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Congress this year taking place at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The Call for Abstracts opens November 19 and the online system will accept submissions until January 28, 2019.

Website: https://www.csa-scs.ca/conference/en/

New Media and Publications Section of the Canadian Sociological Association Website!
https://www.csa-scs.ca/media-publications/
The Canadian Sociological Association is pleased to present a new forum to highlight the extensive work of our members within the broader community. This service is exclusively available to members of the Canadian Sociological Association in good standing.

Benefits to our members include promotion of their most recent media interview or coverage of their research as well as published books and articles. The site also features a media contact list to foster engagement between the media and our members.

Seeking Input from Graduate Students
In preparation for the 2019 Annual Conference of the Canadian Sociological Association, the Student Concerns Subcommittee is organizing a panel that focuses on the interests of sociology graduate students.  We would like to invite you to participate in a survey to help us determine what topics/issues graduate students would like to see addressed in this panel.

The survey will take approximately 3 minutes or less to complete and it will be available until Friday, November 30, 2018 at 5pm.  Please click here to access the survey.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the chair of the Student Concerns Subcommittee, Jennifer Adkins.

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Conférence de la Société canadienne de sociologie
https://www.csa-scs.ca/conference/fr/
La 53e conférence annuelle de la Société canadienne de sociologie (SCS) se tiendra du lundi 3 juin au jeudi 6 juin 2019 dans le cadre du Congrès de la Fédération des sciences humaines qui aura lieu cette année à la University of British Columbia, à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique.

Les demande de résumés de recherche seront acceptées du 19 novembre au 28 janvier 2019.

Médias et publications
https://www.csa-scs.ca/media-publications/
La Société canadienne de sociologie est heureuse de présenter un nouveau forum pour souligner le travail considérable de ses membres au sein de la communauté élargie. Ce service est exclusivement disponible pour les membres en règle de la Société canadienne de sociologie.

Les avantages pour nos membres comprennent la promotion de la plus récente interview avec les médias ou de la couverture médiatique de leurs recherches, ainsi que la promotion des livres et articles publiés. Le site comprend également une liste de personnes-ressources pour les médias afin de favoriser la collaboration entre les médias et nos membres.

Kindest Regards,
Sherry Fox - Executive Administrator / Conference Coordinator
Canadian Sociological Association
Société canadienne de sociologie
www.csa-scs.ca
Annual Conference: www.csa-scs.ca/conference
Canadian Review of Sociology: www.csa-scs.ca/canadian-review

Conference & Special Issue Call for Papers| The Globalization Project: Falling Behind or Failing Forward?| Submissions Due December 31, 2018

June 13 to June 15, 2019
Sala Mostre Regione Piemonte
Piazza Castello, 165,
10123 Torino, Italy

To submit your proposal, please click HERE or visit
www.alternateroutes.ca. Submissions must be received no later
than December 31, 2018. A selection of papers will be considered
as part of a special issue publication of Alternate Routes: A Journal
of Critical Social Research.
Conference Registration Fees:
Permanent Faculty €200; Contract Faculty and Graduate Students: €150.

Organizing Committee: Carlo Fanelli, York University; Heather Whiteside, University of Waterloo; Alessandra Consolaro, Università degli Studi di Torino; Marco Marrone, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia

Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research and the University of Turin, in conjunction with the gallery exhibition Behind the Indian Boom: Invisible India, invites submissions for our latest conference and special issue.

Whether submitting a paper or panel proposal, please enter only one name (Lead Author) in this submission form. Only authors who register and attend the conference will be listed in the final program. In cases where several authors will attend and jointly present a paper, all the names will be listed in the program. After submitting this form successfully your page will refresh, noting “Your response has been recorded.” If this does not occur, please feel free to contact Carlo Fanelli to ensure you submission has been received (editor@alternateroutes.ca).

Call for Papers-Indigenous self-determination in a ‘chronically mobile’ world- December 15, 2018

Indigenous self-determination in a ‘chronically mobile’ world: Critical perspectives from anti-racist scholars of migration and mobility
Journal: Studies in Social Justice
Submission & publication timeline & other details:
Please submit 250 words abstract to Soma Chatterjee & Tania Das Gupta at chatterjeedasgupta@gmail.com by Dec. 15, 2018

https://journals.library.brocku.ca/index.php/SSJ/index

Issue Editors - Soma Chatterjee, PhD. Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, York University; Tania Das Gupta, PhD. Professor, Department of Equity Studies, York University

In a world of ‘accelerated dispossession’ (McNally, 2013), the right to migration is often a key pathway for freedom, albeit one that is unequally accessed by dominant and subaltern actors. And yet, the exercise of this right (e.g., via cross-border migration and subsequent justice claims) risks compromising the rights of Indigenous peoples who are internally displaced. As Dean Saranillio (2013) compellingly put it in the context of Hawaii: “the avenues laid out for immigrants’ success and empowerment are paved over native lands and sovereignty”. However, in the contemporary global order immigrants, migrants and refugees continue to meet Indigenous nations in contested geopolitical territories, and are faced with the complex responsibility of carving out a workable and just co-existence. It is in this context of world-wide migratory movements and ongoing occupations that we situate this special issue.

Please clearly indicate which of the three categories your contribution belongs to. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions.
Abstract selection: by January 15, 2019
Final paper submission to guest editors: May 31, 2019
Initial review by editors and invitation for double blind review: August 31, 2019
Reviews, revisions and final completion of special issue by: July-Aug, 2020

Call for Papers: CARFMS19 | Panel Decolonizing Ethics: Critical Reflections on Research, Power and Privilege in Forced Migration Scholarship | Abstracts are due before December 12, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: CARFMS 19 INTERROGATING INTEGRATION
Center for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto
May 14th to May 16, 2019

PANEL: Decolonizing Ethics: critical reflections on research, power and privilege in forced migration scholarship
Organizers: Neil Bilotta (McGill University), Christina Clark-Kazak (University of Ottawa), Maritza Felices-Luna (University of Ottawa), Dina Taha (York University)

Research with people in situations of forced migration poses particular ethical challenges to academic researchers and practitioners. The traditional ethical principles maintained by formal entities such as research ethics boards (e.g. REB) and scholarly discourse regarding “research ethics protocols” are not only limited in scope but in definition. For example, the underpinnings of research ethics protocols vary according to culture, social location, and positionality. Thus, recognizing that: (a) the contemporary understanding and practice of “research ethics” is a product of a Euro-centric/colonizing ideology; and (b) research with forced migrants poses particular ethical and methodological challenges arising from the unequal power relations between the researcher and the researched, the criminalization of migration, extreme vulnerability and politicized research contexts among others, we invite scholars to engage with ethical questions beyond REBs and to reimagine the meaning of ethical research and its implications.
In particular, how can researchers perceive central issues such as: decolonizing academic knowledge production; power and privilege in academic knowledge production; the shifting roles and identities of the researcher; the socio-economic realities of partnership organizations; and data ownership/access, through an ethical lens or as ethical issues. A major objective is to strive for ethical paradigms that a drive for a more meaningful and egalitarian dialogue with and for people in situations of displacement.
Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):

- How can researchers reimagine traditional ethical principles (consent, confidentiality, no harm…etc.) using indigenous and non-Western practices and ways of knowing?

- How can local and contextualized research contribute to understanding and reimagining “ethics” in research?

- What are some ways to trace and minimize power and privilege in academic knowledge production?

- Are there any methodological innovations and/or contemporary methodological lenses that can balance the power and decolonize knowledge production?

- What are some practical ethical dilemmas and situations that researchers have encountered when doing research with people in situations of forced migration?

- Who makes the decision on what is “problematic”? or what is ethical? For instance, how are ethical codes of “respect for persons” and “doing no harm” understood from the perspectives of the researcher and the researched?

- What are some alternative approaches to ethical guidelines and what are their limitations?

- How can we rethink notions such as: vulnerability, partnership, accountability, and ethics of witnessing in forced migration research?

- What do concepts such as ethical reflexivity, objectivity and researcher neutrality and the crisis of representation really mean from a critical/anticolonial and indigenous perspective?

- What responsibility does Forced Migration Studies have towards reconceptualizing “research ethics” with forcibly displaced communities?

If you are interested in contributing to this panel please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words before December 12, 2018 at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/UaQWUXamiiqGMzWA3
If you have any questions please contact neil.bilotta@mail.mcgill.ca or mfelices@uottawa.ca

Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always - Lesley Wood is part of a Panel Discussion Event on December 10, 2018 | International Human Rights Day

As part of its Lunch Talk Series, McLaughlin College at York University will present “Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always” a panel discussion to recognize International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Dec. 10 commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In 1950, the assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all states and interested organizations to observe Dec. 10 of each year as Human Rights Day.

This is one of the most important international human rights instruments ever produced by the United Nations, and it has been the inspiration and model for all other human rights conventions, charters and codes that have been adopted since.

This year’s International Human Rights Day will feature a number of speakers who will underscore the significance of the UDHR and this year’s theme, “Our Freedoms, Our Rights, Always.” The event will be moderated by James Simeon, head of McLaughlin College and associate professor in the School of Public Policy & Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS).
Panellists for the discussion include:

Michael Creal, professor emeritus in the Department of Humanities (LA&PS) and member of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, and Chair of the Southern Ontario Sanctuary Coalition.

David Leyton-Brown, former head of McLaughlin College and professor emeritus in the Department of Politics (LA&PS) at York University.

Lesley Wood, associate professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology (LA&PS) at York University. Wood is interested in how ideas travel, how power operates, how institutions change, how conversations influence practices, how people resist, how authorities act and how these patterns are tied to broader relations of power.

The event will be held in the Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College, and light refreshments will be provided. It is co-sponsored by the Office of the College Head, McLaughlin College, the Department of Sociology, and the Centre of Public Policy & Law.

For more information, contact Vicky Carnevale at vcarneva@yorku.ca or ext. 33824.

CRS Seminar: Book Launch: The Syrian Exodus in Context (and launch of Syrian refugee archive for scholarly use) @ 626 Kaneff Tower
Nov 28 @ 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

CRS Seminar: Book Launch: The Syrian Exodus in Context (and launch of Syrian refugee archive for scholarly use) @ 626 Kaneff Tower
Nov 28 @ 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Guest speaker: Nergis Canefe, Associate Professor of Politics, Public Policy and Law, York University

This book examines the Syrian crisis and exodus by focusing on the experiences of the dispossessed rather than the recipient states.

The development of the online archive “Refugee Resettlement in Canada” was led by Professor Nergis Canefe with support from the York University Libraries, the Centre for Refugee Studies and York University Vice-Provost Academic Alice Pitt.

Professor Nergis Canefe (PhD & SJD) is a Turkish-Canadian scholar of international public law, politics and human rights. She has held posts in several European and Turkish Universities and is currently a faculty member at York University, Canada. She is an executive or board member of several international organizations related to forced migration, currently including IASFM. Her latest book are The Jewish Diaspora as a Paradigm (2014), Syrian Exodus in Context (2018) and Limits of Universal Jurisdiction: A Critical Analysis of Crimes against Humanity Legislation (forthcoming) and Transitional Justice: Critical Perspectives from the Global South (forthcoming). She is also a painter with several solo exhibits of her designs.

SUSA Career Talk SOCIOLOGY AT WORK, November 19, 2018 | 2:30 PM | 2101 Vari Hall

Career Talk: Sociology at Work
2101 Vari Hall
(inside the Sociology Department)

Don't miss the chance to hear from two Sociology MA grads who are out working in the field!

They will share their experience and offer a little advice regarding how they have navigated and forged their career paths (including things they did while still in school!).

For more information:  https://susayorku.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/career-talk-sociology-at-work-nov-19th/

Space for this event is limited, if you wish to attend please register here.

Coffee, Tea and snacks provided.

Two YorkU graduates who use sociology at work will discuss their current work, share their experience and offer a little advice to Sociology students, regarding how they have navigated and forged their career paths and the relationship they have had with Sociology at work.
Natalie Weiser MA and Julia Hemphill MA, currently work in health-related research, but have a had a variety of twists and turns along their career trajectories. In addition to speaking to YorkU Sociology undergraduates about the joys of being sociologists at work, they look forward to talking to you about their challenges and discuss the tools and strategies that have been helpful along the way.

They invite you to send along any questions or concerns that you have about using sociology at work in advance of the session at yorkususa@gmail.com

Presented by Sociology Undergraduate Student Association S.U.S.A.

The Future of Social Movements in Canada, November 16, 2018

The Future of Social Movements in Canada
November 16, 2018
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
East Common Room, Hart House,
University of Toronto

Lesley Wood, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology,
York University, presents:
1:30pm-3:30pm Left vs Right
“Antifa and alt-right: movement/counter-movement dynamics in
the post-Trump era,”

Registration required https://bit.ly/2tlLdVL
Accessibility contact anna.slavina@mail.utoronto.ca

Poster: http://sociology.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/SD-Clark-poster4.pdf (.pdf)

IRCC National Essay Challenge for Graduate Students-Working Essay Title by November 15, 2018

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
National Essay Challenge for Graduate Students in Canadian Universities
Submit Working Essay Title by November 15, 2018

To promote innovative, policy-relevant research by up-and-coming scholars, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is running the National Essay Challenge for graduate students in Canadian Universities.

Six Finalists Recieve
-Certificate of Achievement
-Invitation to present at:
1.International Metropolis Conference 2019
2.IRCC Research Matters Event
-$500 plus Travel and Conference Fees Paid
-Possibility of Internship

Requirements
Must be a graduate student enrolled at a Canadian university in 2018-19.
Essay must be either an empirical research paper, using qualitative or quantitative methodologies or an evidence-based policy paper related to IRCC's mandate.
The essay cannot be co-authored and you must have the support of a professor.

How to enter
Send an email to IRCC.NEC-CNE.IRCC@cic.gc.ca to access the National Essay Challenge group on GCcollab, where you will find information about the requirements of the Challenge.
Once you are a member of the National Essay Challenge GCcollab group, you will need to submit your working essay title by November 15, 2018.

IRCC Website https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/careers/national-essay-challenge.html

Building Collaborations and Partnerships in the Social Sciences and Humanities | November 8, 2018

INFORMATION SESSION
Building Collaborations and Partnerships in the Social Sciences and Humanities
10:00 AM
109 Atkinson Building | Harry Crowe Room
Refreshments will be served

This information session is intended for faculty members working in SSHRC disciplines who are interested in getting a better understanding of how to develop fruitful collaborations with academic, community and/or industry partners, as well as build and run large-scale research projects.

Following a roundtable discussion format, this session will be led by SSHRC-funded faculty members who have a successful history with such endeavours:

Pat Armstrong, professor, Sociology, LA&PS – principal investigator of “Reimagining Long-Term Residential Care” and co-editor of the book Creative Teamwork: Developing Rapid, Site-Switching Ethnography;
Stephen Gaetz, professor, Education – director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Homeless Hub;
Carolyn Podruchny, associate professor, History, LA&PS – principal investigator of “Aandse: Anishinaabe ways of knowing and the transformation of university-based knowledge creation and transfer”;
Anna Hudson, professor, Visual Art and Art History, AMPD – director of Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage; and
Janine Marchessault, Department of Cinema and Media Arts, AMPD – director of Archive/Counter-Archive.
Michael Johnny, manager of knowledge mobilization at Innovation York, will also participate and share his expertise as it relates to facilitating partnership building and knowledge mobilization.
This is a great opportunity for York community members, either early career or mid-career, who are ready to change gears, to learn from their peers about the various approaches to forming collaborations and partnerships, and how to successfully maintain them.

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrYW5ogdQ8Vd2zIJU1I8z-li8WduDUyVPvDicZK496OOASag/viewform

CRS Seminar Series Gender, Migration and Security: Canadian Perspectives, November 7, 2018

CRS Seminar Series Gender, Migration and Security: Canadian Perspectives
November 7, 2018
1:30 - 3:30 PM
280N York Lanes

A roundtable discussion with Peace with Women Fellows
Featuring CRS Scholars:
Jennifer Hyndman Gender, Migration and Security
Özgün Topak Canadian Digital Borders and Human Rights
Chris Kyriakides Orientalised Gender Relations in Refugee Resettlement

Dr. Jennifer Hyndman is Professor in the Departments of Social Science and Geography, and is Director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. Her research spans political, economic, cultural and feminist dimensions of migration, and focuses on people’s mobility, displacement, and security.

Dr. Özgün Topak is Assistant Professor of Criminology in the Department of Social Science at York University. His research interests include surveillance studies, migration & border studies and human rights.

Dr. Christopher Kyriakides holds the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship, Social Justice and Ethno-Racialization with the Department of Sociology and is an Executive Committee Member of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.

This event is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP: https://crs1.apps01.yorku.ca/machform/view.php?id=17375

The Problem with Work? November 2, 2018

Feminist Times, Feminist Futures
A series of events celebrating its 20th Anniversary
The Problem with Work?: Strategies for De-commodifying  Everyday Life
305 Founders College

Accessibility: FREE event! Everyone is welcome. Lunch provided. Founders College is wheelchair-accessible. Gender-neutral bathroom on 1st floor. Single-stall, accessible bathroom on 3rd floor. Wayfinding signs will be posted. Please RSVP with dietary needs to cirvin@yorku.ca.

Agenda
• 9.30am: Registration, Introductions and Land acknowledgement
• 10am-12.30pm: “Income Security and the Materiality of Precarious Life” panel
• 12.30-2pm: Lunch
• 2-4pm: “Unconditional Basic Income” talk by Dr. Kathi Weeks

GSWS The Problem with Work Nov 2 2018 Poster (.pdf)

YUFA Race Equity Caucus Presents, Paradoxes: The Art of the Mission, Strategy and Commitment to Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, November 2, 2018

A Public Lecture by Dr. Zoila Airall
Associate Vice President, Campus Life
Duke University
November 2, 2018
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Founders College 152

YUFA’s Race Equity Caucus (REC) has been instrumental in raising concerns around race equity within the context of YUFA’s governance, workload and bargaining, and the broader socio-political and institutional spheres that condition our lives at York University. On November 2, REC is honoured to present a public lecture by Dr. Zoila Airall, the Associate Vice President, Campus Life, Duke University.

Event Organized by Tania Das Gupta

Zoila Airall BIO (.pdf)

https://www.yufa.ca/race-equity-caucus-hosts-public-lecture-by-dr-zoila-airall/

The Women’s March and Intersectional Organizing: The importance of a critical race lens in industrial relations, October 29, 2018

The Global Labour Speaker Series is pleased to host
The Women’s March and Intersectional Organizing: The importance of a critical race lens in industrial relations with Dr. Tamara Lee, Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Rutgers University and
Dr. Maite Tapia, Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michigan State University
October 29, 2018
11:30am-1:00pm
Ross S802, York University

Many scholars concerned with union revitalization in the United States focus on the structural obstacles that have restricted traditional union organizing. We turn our attention away from these well researched impediments to statutory union representation and focus instead on contemporary opportunities for worker organizing in an era of growing workforce diversity and heightened public discourse about identity politics.

Through a unique natural experiment with intimate data access, we examine the intersectional organizing processes of the national Women’s March over the past two years. opportunities for more inclusive frameworks for worker organizing, as well as illustrates the challenges and opportunities to building a more equitable solidarity based on a full acknowledgment of systemic discrimination and a focus on intra-class inequality. Thus, intersectional organizing is an important approach not only for union renewal, but for union relevance in a highly inequitable society.

Dr. Tamara L. Lee, Esq. is an industrial engineer and labor lawyer by professional training. She received her Ph.D. from the department of labor relations, law and history from the ILR School at Cornell University. Her academic research focuses on the popular participation of workers in macro-level political and economic reform in Cuba and the United States. She also conducts research on the political practice of workers under the National Labor Relations Act, the intersection of labor and racial justice, cross-movement solidarity building and the impact of radical adult education on workplace democracy. Her teaching focuses on identity politics in the workplace, and labor market discrimination

Dr. Maite Tapia is an Assistant Professor at the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. Her research revolves around organizing strategies of trade unions and community organizations in the US and Europe, as well as work, migration, and the concept of intersectionality. She has published some of her work in the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Socio-Economic Review, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, and the Journal of Industrial Relations and is co-editor of the 2014 Cornell University Press book “Mobilizing against Inequality: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and the Crisis of Capitalism.”.

This is a free event, however seats are limited. Please RSVP!
RSVP via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-womens-march-and-intersectional-organizing-tickets-51035077290

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/249548399045004/

Light refreshments will be served.  All are welcome.

GLSS Womens March Oct 29 (.pdf)

The Global Labour Speaker Series is organized by the Global Labour Research Centre at York University and is co-sponsored by Department of Social Science, Department of Politics, Department of History, School of Social Work, CERLAC, Faculty of Education, Department of Geography, Department of Sociology and School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Study.

First Public Reading of Henry G20 followed by Post Show Panel Discussion and Talk Back with Artists, Scholars and Activists| October 27, 2018

Panelists include: Activist and Scholar, Lesley Wood; Rob De Luca, Lawyer, Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Alok Mukherjee, Author of Excessive Force
Public Reading of Henry G20 at 1:00 pm
Talkback with Panelists at 3:00 pm
October 27, 2018
The Bentway - Strachan Amphitheatre
Free Admission

Henry G20 is a freely reimagined adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V.  Set in Toronto, this production erupts on the streets during the G20 protests of 2010 – the battle between civilian protestors & the militarized police force.
Conceived and directed by Christine Brubaker, adapted by Christine Brubaker and Constantine Anastasakis and produced by Neta J. Rose, Henry G20 lands itself in the chaos and violence that exploded in our streets, and dives headfirst into the questions that still linger almost ten years later.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/henryG20/

For more information: http://www.thebentway.ca/event/henry-g20/

South Asia Gulf Migration Corridor: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow | Dr. Irudaya Rajan | October 23, 2018

South Asia Gulf Migration Corridor:
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Dr. Irudaya Rajan
October 23, 2018
3:30pm to 5:30pm
519 Kaneff Tower
Chair and Event Organizer:
Tania Das Gupta, Equity Studies,
York University

Dr. Irudaya Rajan is a foremost expert in migration studies, and labour movements in South Asia. In this talk, he will trace how and why the significant South Asia-Gulf migration corridor emerged and endured. He will consider the strategic and economic implications of continued reliance on South-Asian migrants, amidst the broader landscape of labour localization efforts and point to crucial areas of policy attention, including worker welfare, leveraging remittances for development and the need for safer, more accessible and inclusive labour migration processes.

Irudaya Rajan is Professor, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala. Rajan co-authored Politics of Migration: Indian Emigration in a Globalized World(2015) and has published extensively on migration in Kerala and the Gulf states including overseas recruitment, impact on the local economy, migration to the Gulf states and the reintegration of returnees.

Discussants
Margaret Walton-Roberts is Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University and is affiliated with the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her recent research explores issues of gender and skilled migration in India and ASEAN countries.

Jolin Joseph is a Doctoral Candidate in the Graduate Programme in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies at York University. Her research examines the trajectories and lived experience of South Asian migrant domestic workers through the lens of precarity, liminal (il)legality and agency.

This event is presented by the York Centre for Asian Research with support from the Departments of Equity Studies and Sociology and the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University and the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS).

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/274581579821186/

Social murder and the Doug Ford government By Dennis Raphael, The Star, October 8, 2018

Professor Dennis Raphael's article published in
The Star on Monday, October 8, 2018:

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2018/10/08/social-murder-and-the-doug-ford-government.html

Between Capital and Labour: State Regulation of Work October 17, 2018

Work & Labour Speaker Series
Between Capital and Labour:
State Regulation of Work
October 17, 2018
4:30 PM
Price Family Lecture Hall, ACE 102
with Stephen McBride, McMaster University

Stephen McBride is Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Globalization in the Department of Political Science, McMaster University. Recent publications include Working? Employment Policy in Canada; The Austerity State and Austerity: The Lived Experience (both co-edited with Bryan Evans).

Between Capital and Labour - WKLS Speaker Series Oct 17 (.pdf)

For more information, please contact Carlo Fanelli: fanelli@yorku.ca

Symposium at University of Toronto: October 12-14, 2018

Kurds, Displacement and Resilience
October 12-14, 2018
University of Toronto
OISE, Room 12-199
252 Bloor St. W.

This event is free and open to the public.

Gülay Kılıçaslan presents on
Friday, October 12th, 2018
Panel 2: Labor and Survival Strategies among Displaced Kurds
1:30-3:00 PM
From Solidarity to Exploitation: The Interaction between Kurdish Forced Migrants in Istanbul

For more information, please contact: iksstoronto2018@gmail.com

Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/kurds-displacement-and-resilience-tickets-50307486045

Oct 12-14 Kurds, Displacement and Resilience (.pdf)

Book Launch - Donald Carveth, October 10, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Caversham Booksellers
98 Harbord Street, Toronto
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Since the classical Freudian and ego psychology paradigms lost their position of dominance in the late 1950s, psychoanalysis became a multi-paradigm science with those working in the different frameworks increasingly engaging only with those in the same or related intellectual "silos." Beginning with Freud’s theory of human nature and civilization, Psychoanalytic Thinking: A Dialectical Critique of Contemporary Theory and Practice proceeds to review and critically evaluate a series of major post-Freudian contributions to psychoanalytic thought. In response to the defects, blind spots and biases in Freud’s work, Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion, Jacques Lacan, Erich Fromm, Donald Winnicott, Heinz Kohut, Heinrich Racker, Ernest Becker amongst others offered useful correctives and innovations that are, nevertheless, themselves in need of remediation for their own forms of one-sidedness. Through Carveth’s comparative exploration, readers will acquire a sense of what is enduringly valuable in these diverse psychoanalytic contributions, as well as exposure to the dialectically deconstructive method of critique that Carveth sees as central to psychoanalytic thinking at its best.

Donald L. Carveth is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology,and Social and Political Thought and a Senior Scholar at York University, Toronto, Canada. He is past Director of the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis and a past Editorin- Chief of the Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis/Revue Canadienne de Psychanalyse.

At Caversham Booksellers, 98 Harbord St Reception 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 RSVP to Caversham Booksellers: (416) 944-0962 or 1-800-361-6120 or events@cavershambooksellers.

Book Launch - Radhika Mongia

Thursday, September 13, 2018
@ 7pm Theatre Centre  

1115 Queen St West (at Dovercourt), Toronto
Free - all welcome
Fully wheelchair accessible

Another Story Bookshop presents the Book Launch for :

Indian Migration and Empire A Colonial Genealogy of the Modern State
by RADHIKA MONGIA

Published by Duke University Press   https://www.dukeupress.edu/indian-migration-and-empire

Featuring a panel discussion with Radhika Mongia, Bhavani Raman (University of Toronto), Nandita Sharma (University of Hawaii) and Alissa Trotz (University of Toronto) (.pdf)

For more information contact: 416-462-1104   www.anotherstory.ca
RADHIKA MONGIA is Associate Professor of Sociology at York University

Co-sponsored by the following units at York University: Centre for Asian Research, Centre for Feminist Research, Centre for Refugee Studies, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Graduate Program in Sociology, and the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies (Osgoode Hall Law School)

New Book from the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study

New book from the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study

Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights: (Neo)colonialism, Neoliberalism, Resistance and Hope

Edited by N. Nicol, A. Jjuuko, R. Lusimbo, N. J. Mulé, S. Ursel, Wahab and P. Waugh

Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights: (Neo)colonialism, Neoliberalism, Resistance and Hope is an outcome of a five-year international collaboration among partners that share a common legacy of British colonial laws that criminalise same-sex intimacy and gender identity/expression. The project sought to facilitate learning from each other and to create outcomes that would advance knowledge and social justice. The project was unique, combining research and writing with participatory documentary video film-making. This visionary politics infuses the pages of the anthology.

The chapters are bursting with invaluable first hand insights from leading activists at the forefront of some of the most fiercely fought battlegrounds of contemporary sexual politics in India, the Caribbean and Africa.

As well, authors from Canada, Botswana and Kenya examine key turning points in the advancement of SOGI issues at the United Nations, and turn a critical eye on LGBT asylum in Canada.

Authors also speak to a need to reorient and decolonise queer studies, and turn a critical gaze northwards from the Global South. It is a book for activists and academics in a range of disciplines from postcolonial and sexualities studies to film making, as well as for policy-makers and practitioners committed to envisioning, and working for, a better future.

About the editors:
The anthology editorial team is comprised of Nancy Nicol (School of Arts, Media and Performance, York University, Canada); Adrian Jjuuko (Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum, Uganda); Richard Lusimbo (Research and Documentation Manager, Sexual Minorities Uganda); Nick Mulé (School of Social Work, York University, Canada); Susan Ursel (Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP, Canada); Amar Wahab (Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University, Canada); and Phyllis Waugh (Envisioning Knowledge Mobilization coordinator, Canada).

Published by Human Rights Consortium, Institute of Commonwealth Studies,
February 2018
c.450pp, 152 x 229mm
Paperback: 978-0-9931102-3-8: £25
Ebook: 978-0-9931102-9-0: £20
PDF: 978-0-9931102-8-3: free to download at humanities-digital-library.org

How to order:
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All enquiries about this book or about publishing with us should be sent to:
School of Advanced Study Publications, Room 248, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU sas.publications@sas.ac.uk
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Book Launch - Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study

Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights: (Neo)colonialism, Neoliberalism, Resistance and Hope

September 13, 2018 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St, Toronto

On the brink of global change, Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights, (Neo)colonialism, Neoliberalism, Resistance and Hope, is bursting with invaluable first hand insights from leading activists at the forefront of some of the most fiercely fought battlegrounds of contemporary sexual politics in India, the Caribbean and Africa. As well, authors from Canada, Botswana and Kenya examine key turning points in the advancement of sexual orientation and gender identity issues at the United Nations, and turn a critical eye on LGBT asylum in Canada. Authors speak to a need to reorient and decolonise queer studies, and turn a critical gaze northwards from the Global South.

Published by: Human Rights Consortium, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London

http://humanities-digital-library.org/index.php/hdl/catalog/book/envisioning

This anthology (edited by Nancy Nicol, Adrian Jjuuko, Richard Lusimbo, Nick J. Mulé, Susan Ursel, Amar Wahab and Phyllis Waugh) is an outcome of a five-year international collaboration among partners that share a common legacy of British colonial laws that criminalise same-sex intimacy and gender identity/expression. The project was unique, combining research and writing with participatory documentary filmmaking. This visionary politics infuses the pages of the anthology.

In light of the British Prime Minister’s recent acknowledgement of the legacy of British colonialism on LGBT human rights in contemporary Commonwealth states and her expression of regret for introducing those laws – this volume is particularly timely. It is a book for activists and academics in a range of disciplines from postcolonial and sexualities studies to filmmaking, as well as for policy-makers and practitioners committed to envisioning, and working for, a better future.

A PDF of the book is available to media in advance of the launch, on request. For more information contact: Nancy Nicol at 647 393-3415, nnicol@yorku.ca.

The resulting volume captures history in the making. Highlights include:

India: on the brink of repealing a 157-year-old British colonial era law
Arvind Narrain, a human rights lawyer in the challenge to the law in India, examines the case against Section 377, the 1861 British colonial law that criminalises "carnal intercourse against the order of nature”. A decision on the case by the India Supreme Court is expected by Oct. Should the Court strike down Section 377 – which is likely, given legal developments in the case - it will transform LGBT rights in a country of 1.3 billion people. As well, the ruling will have huge repercussions in other countries, particularly in the Commonwealth, where there are similar legal battles against colonial-era laws that were modeled on Section 377.
Africa: expanded criminalisation and incremental change
Botswanan and Ugandan human rights lawyers, Monica Tabengwa and Adrian Jjuuko write about ‘expanded criminalisation’ to describe a process in post-independence African countries to further criminalise same-sex conduct across Africa today. Adrian Jjuuko and Fridah Mutesi, lawyers for the Constitutional case against the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) in Uganda, provide a detailed first-hand case study of the successful challenge to the Act. Complementing their chapter, Richard Lusimbo and Austin Bryan examine the growth of LGBTI organising in Uganda in the context of the struggle against the AHA, including the formation of the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, which brought together 50 civil society organisations to oppose the AHA. Kenyan Justice Monica Mbaru, lawyer Monica Tabengwa and ARC International Executive director Kim Vance discuss recent litigation and significant incremental gains in case law based on constitutional protections that guarantee freedom of association in Botswana, Kenya and Uganda. Kenya activists, Jane Wothaya Thirikwa, Guillit Amakobe, Kat Dearham and Po Likimani, examine LGBT organising in Kenya, probing into questions of intersectionality, class, poverty and donor culture with regard to organizing work.

Decriminalisation in the Caribbean: Belize and Guyana
Litigant in the first case to successfully challenge a British colonial-era law that criminalises same sex intimacy in the Caribbean, Caleb Orozco, gives a first person account the struggle for decriminalisation in Belize. In August 2016, the Supreme Court of Belize struck down Section 53 of the Criminal Code, thus decriminalising same-sex intimacy. This legal victory was a result of years of community building locally and from across the region. Pere DeRoy and Namela Baynes Henry examine LGBT rights in Guyana in the context of the cross-dressing law and the challenge to this colonial-era law. Currently a case challenging the cross-dressing law is under consideration by the Caribbean Court of Justice.

Advances in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) recognition at the UN
Vance, Mulé, Khan and McKenzie map the progress of SOGI initiatives at the United Nations and the engagement of civil society. The authors trace key developments such as: the first resolution on sexual orientation and human rights in Geneva in 2003: the development of the Yogyakarta Principles of 2006 and their ongoing relevance and influence; the adoption of the first resolution on human rights and SOGI by the UN Human Rights Council on 17 June 2011; and the appointment of the first ever independent expert on SOGI issues in September 2016.

(Neo)colonialism, neoliberalism and borders
The impact of colonial, neo-colonial and neoliberal policies on sexual orientation and gender identity issues and rights in Canada and internationally is a cross-cutting theme throughout the volume. Kinsman gives a critical perspective on national identity and border security, raising questions with regard to the current asylum regime in Canada. Mulé and Gamble offer critical perspectives on LGBT refugee issues in Canada focusing on the refugee determination system and mental health. Wahab contextualises the Envisioning data from Saint Lucia, and provides a critical examination of neocolonialism, noting that homophobia and human rights cannot be separated from the broader tensions of the struggles for self-determination in the context of neoliberal globalisation. Mbaru, Tabengwa and Vance provide a detailed legal-activist historical overview of the debate on ‘traditions’ at the African Commission and at the UN through the lens of Africa.

Participatory documentary
Participatory documentary was a key part of the Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights project, working with community partners and human rights defenders who are engaged in efforts to transform society and advance lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights in Africa, the Caribbean and India. Envisioning project lead, Nancy Nicol, contributes a chapter on the methodology and outcomes of this work, which includes such films as No Easy Walk To Freedom (2014) on the struggle against Section 377 and the growth of queer organising in India and And Still We Rise (2015) on the impact of and resistance to the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda.

Book Launch Panel:

Nancy Nicol is the principal investigator of the Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights project and the lead editor of the anthology. Nancy is a documentary filmmaker and Professor Emeritus, York University. As part of the Envisioning project, she coordinated the project internationally and contributed principally to the Canada research team, the India research team and the Africa research team. As part of that work, Nancy worked closely with community partners on the participatory documentary work, directed No Easy Walk To Freedom (90 min. 2014) and co-directed And Still We Rise (68 min. 2015) with Richard Lusimbo.

Maurice Tomlinson is a member of, and contributed to, two Envisioning research teams, the Law and Human Rights Mechanisms research team and the Caribbean research team. Currently Maurice is a senior policy analyst with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. He acts as counsel and/or claimant in a number of current cases that challenge anti-LGBT laws in the Caribbean.

Jane Wothaya Thirikwa is a social justice activist with more than eight years’ experience in LGBT organising efforts in Kenya. She provided expertise and insights to Envisioning’s Africa research team. She participated in advocacy programmes at both the Gay Kenya Trust and the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya, coordinating grassroots initiatives as well as building partnerships with the wider social justice movement in Kenya. Currently Jane is the global partnerships coordinator at KAIROS Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, Toronto.

Amar Wahab is an Associate Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. He is a co-investigator with Envisioning and a member of its Caribbean research team. His research interests include: sexual citizenship in liberal multicultural and postcolonial nation state formations (mainly related to the Caribbean and Canada); race and queer transnational politics; critiques of queer liberalism; and race, gender and the politics of representation.

Sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research, York University. Wheelchair accessible. Gender neutral washrooms.

Radio Documentary - Luin Goldring

Grade 12, then what?
Radio Documentary - CBC
September 3, 2018

Professor Goldring was interviewed for a radio documentary called “Grade 12, then what?” that aired on Sept. 3, 2018 on CBC. The show, produced by Mary Wiens, addresses barriers to post-secondary education for precarious status youth. The show allows listeners to hear from youth who have gained access to education through York University’s bridging program. It includes interview clips with the co-directors of FCJ Refugee Centre, and York’s president. You can download the podcast from http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/cbc-radio-specials/episode/15588701

Governing the Political: Law and the Politics of Resistance

May 17, 2018 - May 18, 2018
International Institute for the Sociology of Law
Onati, Spain

Organizers:  Deborah Brock and Carmela Murdocca

Organized by Deborah Brock and Carmela Murdocca, the workshop “Governing the Political: Law and the Politics of Resistance” took place on May 17-18, 2018 at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain. The workshop brought together internationally situated scholars from a diverse range of career stages to discuss how law and social regulation can contribute to a politics of resistance and potentially inspire social and legal change. The participants engaged with research and presented work with a focus on Canada, Russia, Italy, Japan, Uganda, Palestine and Columbia. Their research addressed diverse topics as the formation of racial and sexual governance, neoliberalism, rights, risk, resilience, migration, settler colonialism, environmental governance and social movements. In particular, the papers explored queer governance in Russia, Niqabi women’s resistance, homelessness and resistance in Japan, the politics of the living will in Italy, ecogovernmentality, pedagogies of settler colonialism, hate crime and policing in Canada, racialization and conservative politics in Canada, humanitarian governance and the politics of redress, refugee governance in Uganda, the politics of return in Palestine, and the politics of the future in Black Colombian social movements. Collectively, the work explored the relevance of these themes and diverse contexts for examining material conditions of existence and resistance, with the aim of making a contribution, however modest, to emancipatory politics. IISL provided a wonderful atmosphere for learning and thinking and our time there facilitated the burgeoning of new researchrelationships and friendships.

Online Censorship and Forms of Resistance: Experiences from Turkey

The QRRC’s Global Digital Citizenship Lab and
Academics for Peace (Turkey-Toronto) jointly present

ONLINE CENSORSHIP AND FORMS OF RESISTANCE:
EXPERIENCES FROM TURKEY

BÜLAY DOGAN (Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, UPenn, Philadelphia)
“Online Implications of Criminalization: Framing Hacktivism in Turkey”

DAGHAN IRAK (Médialab, Sciences Po, Paris)
“Criminalizing Dissent in Turkey: How the Offline Prevailed over the Online”

Discussant: GÜLAY KILICASLAN (Graduate Program in Sociology and GDCL, York University)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018
2:00pm–4:00pm
Qualitative Research & Resource Centre (N141 Ross)
York University (In case the strike is ongoing, a possible location change will be announced.)

With the rise of authoritarianism in Turkey, the Turkish state has intensified its control over information and communications technologies over the last decade. Increasingly, the AKP government perceives the internet, particularly social media platforms, as a threat to its rule and thus a target of censorship and control on many levels. Various policies, strategies, and techniques have been used to this effect, including restricting or denying access, content filtering, monitoring and manipulating online behaviour through government-sponsored online trolls, online spying, arresting and imprisoning citizens based on their social media posts, as well leveraging social media platforms to the government’s advantage. At the same time, the Turkish state has encountered many forms of resistance, with progressive actors and communities developing ways to bypass online censorship. Given this context, the panel brings together members of Academics for Peace in order to shed light on the digital repertoire of control, criminalization, contention, and hacktivism present under authoritarian regimes in general, and the case of Turkey, specifically.

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology’s Qualitative Research & Resource Centre and the York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship (Fuyuki Kurasawa)

Invited Lecture - Sheila Cavanagh

Noncompliant Bodies: Social Equity and Public Space
Yale School of Architecture
New Haven
April 6, 2018 - April 7, 2018

Sheila Cavanagh was invited to give a special lecture at Yale University:

Global Labour Speaker Series - Migration Borders Freedom

Global Labour Speaker Series - Migration Borders Freedom
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
S802 Ross Building

Join Harald Bauder, Geography, Ryerson University and Discussant Ethel Tungohan, Politics, York University

For more information, contact glrc.ca

Sociology Seminar Series - Thoughts From the Field

Sociology Seminar Series - Thoughts From the Field
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall

The research committee is pleased to host a Sociology Seminar Series event showcasing the work of graduate students.

The theme of the seminar is Thoughts From the Field. This session will provide a platform to share the work of graduate students who have completed, or who are in the process of completing their fieldwork. While the focus is on fieldwork, we also encourage contributions related to all forms of data collection, either completed or in progress.

Graduate students will have 15 minutes to speak about their experiences in the field, any challenges faced, significant considerations made, limitations of data collection, or some discoveries from the field.

The session will take place on March 1st, 12:30-2:20pm, in the Common Room (2101 VH). The series will bring together both graduate students and faculty members to discuss the work of graduate student’s.

Graduate students who wish to share their thoughts should RSVP by Feb.16 to: Sonia D’Angelo, sond3@yorku.ca. Abstract submissions are not required.

A talk by Professor Fuyuki Kurasawa - Perilous Light. On the Visual Economy of Western Humanitarianism

A talk by Professor Fuyuki Kurasawa
Perilous Light. On the Visual Economy of Western Humanitarianism
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
12:30 - 2:00
Osgoode Room 2027

Professor Fuyuki Kurasawa is Associate Professor and York Research Chair in the Department of Sociology.  He is also Director of the Global Digital Citizenship Lab.

Please RSVP for this talk at www.osgoode.yorku.ca/research/RSVP (.pdf)

Teaching Beyond the Syllabus

Teaching Beyond the Syllabus
Thursday, February 8, 2018
12:30-2:00
S752 Ross Building
Facilitated by Dina Taha, Senior Teaching Assistant Program

We all know Academic skills are essential and we try to incorporate them in our tutorials, yet we often find many undergraduate students struggle with them. Core academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing, note taking, and research require a lot of practice and guidance. How do we incorporate such skills effectively and consistently in our tutorials? And what are some of the resources available at York and elsewhere that can help polish those skills? This workshop is designed to serve as a structured brainstorming session to identify core academic skills and discuss effective strategies for incorporating them in our tutorial plans. (.pdf)

Facilitated by Dina Taha, Senior Teaching Assistant Program
12:30 - 2 pm, Thursday February 8, S752 Ross.

The workshop is part of the series "Effecting Teaching" at the Sociology department as well as the foundations TA seminar at the department of Social Sciences. Teaching Assistants from both departments are encouraged to participate.

Please register at:
http://teachingcommonsforms.apps01.yorku.ca/forms/view.php?id=510019

Access to Education Panel

Creating Pathways and Crossing Borders:  Access to Higher Education for Refugees and Precarious Migrants
Thursday, February 8, 2018
12:00 - 2:00
Founders College Senior Common Room
305 Founders College

***This event is part of York University Refugee Awareness Week 2018, details are available at www.yorku.ca/refugees (and an up to the minute schedule is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/1778809858860333/  ***

Critical border scholars have argued that borders are ideological constructs with material consequences that exist not only as boundaries between countries, but also act to limit rights and entitlements for many within them (e.g. Anderson, Sharma, and Wright, Refuge Journal, 2009). These are reflected in refugee camps and in barriers to refugee resettlement and higher education for refugees and others with precarious migration status both locally and globally.

This York U 2018 Refugee Awareness Week panel features three York affiliated initiatives working to facilitate access to higher education for refugees and others with precarious status within and across borders, from Kenya, Malawi, Jordan, Lebanon and Toronto, Canada. These speakers, representing the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project, the World University Service of Canada and York University’s new Access for Students with Precarious Immigration Status Program seek to generate awareness and foster dialogue about global and local realities of access to higher education as well as the role the York University community has, is, and can play in addressing these challenges in a manner consistent with and advancing its social justice and accessible education mandate.

TOPICS/SPEAKERS:

1: Access to Higher Education for Refugees in Dadaab, Kenya: The Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project
Aida Orgocka, BHER Project Manager

2: Resettling Refugee Students: The World University Service of Canada (National and York University Campuses)
Chiedza Pasipanodya, WUSC Ottawa – Regional Liaison Officer
Myriame Flurisca WUSC Glendon
Robert Hanlon, WUSC Keele – Chairman
Aelya Salman, WUSC Keele – Student Refugee Program Coordinator

3) York University’s Access for Students With Precarious Immigration Status Program
Tanya Aberman, Research and Program Coordinator, FCJ Refugee Centre and York U Access for Students With Precarious Immigration Status Program

Discussant: Professor Luin Goldring, Department of Sociology, York University

Panel Chair and Co-Organizer (with WUSC Keele Campus Committee): John Carlaw, Project Lead, York University Syria Response and Refugee Initiative

Event Contact: John Carlaw refugees@yorku.ca

This panel is organized by York’s local World University Service of Canada Committees and Syria Response and Refugee Initiative as part of Refugee Awareness Week 2018. Thank you to the Centre for Refugee Studies and Founders College for support with this activity.

Book Celebration and Talk - Professor Craig Fortier

Book Celebration and Talk
Unsettling the Commons:  Social Movements Within, Against, and Beyond Settler Colonialism
Professor Craig Fortier
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
2:00
Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall

Drawing on interviews with 51 anti-authoritarian organizers to investigates what it means to struggle for “the commons” within a settler colonial context, Unsettling the Commons interrogates a very important debate that took place within Occupy camps and is taking place in a multitude of movements in North America around what it means to claim “the commons” on stolen land. Travelling back in history to show the ways in which radical left movements have often either erased or come into clear conflict with Indigenous practices of sovereignty and self-determination—all in the name of the “struggle for the commons”, the book argues that there are multiple commons or conceptualizations of how land, relationships, and resources are shared, produced, consumed, and distributed in any given society. As opposed to the liberal politics of recognition, a political practice of unsettling and a recognition of the incommensurability of political goals that claim access to space/territory on stolen land is put forward as a more desirable way forward.

Craig Fortier is an Assistant Professor in Social Development Studies at Renison University College, an affiliated college of the University of Waterloo. He holds a PhD in Sociology from York University. Craig has participated in migrant justice and anti-capitalist movements and in support of Indigenous sovereignty for over a decade in Toronto (Three Fires Confederacy, Haudenosaunee, and Huron-Wyandot territories). He is also the centre-fielder for the radical recreational softball team the Uncertainty and the author of the cat blog Diaries of a Cat Named Virtute.

Book Launch - Professor Mark Ayyash, Professor Ratiba Hadj-Moussa and Gokboru Tanyildiz

Book Launch
Contemporary Protests and the Question of Generation in the Middle East and North Africa
Mark M. Ayyash (Mount Royal University, Calgary); Ratiba Hadj-Moussa (York); Gokboru Tanyildiz (York)
Discussant:  Miloud Chennoufi (Canadian Forces Collge, Toronto)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
12:00-2:00
305 Founders College

Sponsored by the Graduate Program in Sociology, The City Institute, Founders College and the Department of Anthropology. (.pdf)

Global Labour Speaker Series - Dr. John Shields, Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard and Lynn Eakin

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
1:00-3:00
S802 Ross Building

This event is co-sponsored by the School of Social Work. The panel will focus on professional precarity dealing with precarious lives in social work and the nonprofit sector.

Dr. John Shields is a tenured Full Professor with over twenty five years of university teaching and research experience in the areas of public administration and public policy, Canadian politics, the political economy of labour market and welfare state restructuring, immigrant settlement and integration policy and practices, and nonprofit sector studies. He has served on various advisory bodies including most recently for the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN). Dr. Shields has published extensively, including the co-authoring of five books and over forty articles and papers and an extensive number of policy papers and conference presentations. His most recent research explores issues related to the marketization of the nonprofit sector, immigration and settlement, public administration reform, labour market restructuring with a focus on precarious work and immigrant populations, and knowledge transfer in support of public policy and advocacy. He has recently published a co-edited a book on Precarious Employment: Causes, Consequences and Remedies (Fernwood 2017).

Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard was appointed to the Senate on November 10, 2016 and is a highly regarded social worker, educator, researcher, community activist and advocate of social change. In 2016, she was appointed Special Advisor on Diversity and Inclusiveness at Dalhousie University and is the first African Nova Scotian to hold a tenure track position. Senator Bernard is a founding member of the Association of Black Social Workers who has also served as an expert witness in human rights cases and has received many honours for her work, including the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada. Senator Bernard is the Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights (RIDR), and a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (SOCI). She is also Vice-Chair of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association.

Lynn Eakin has an MSW from the University of Toronto and has been providing consulting services to the nonprofit sector since 1989. Initially she provided services that included assistance with restructuring, mergers and service partnerships. She also provided rescue management services for organizations in difficulty. Her experiences with these types of assignments lead her, by the end of the 1990s, to shift the focus of her work to respond to what she saw as a growing crisis in the financing and regulation of nonprofit community organizations. One of the founding members of Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), Lynn is currently involved in better positioning the sector to address the cross-cutting policy issues it faces. She continues to engage in sector research and is involved with ONN in identifying, developing and advocating for systemic reforms to improve the ability of the sector to undertake its important work.

RSVP via EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/precarity-and-the-nonprofit-sector-views-from-social-work-tickets-42014692075

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/172329553536116/

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

The Global Labour Speaker Series is organized by the Global Labour Research Centre at York University and is co-sponsored by Department of Sociology, Department of Social Science, Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy.

Book Launch - Carl James and others

Book Launch
The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities
By Frances Henry, Enakshi Dua, Carl E. James, Audrey Kobayashi, Peter Li, Howard Ramos and Malinda S. Smith
Friday, January 12, 2018
2:00 - 4:00
Kaneff Tower
York University

The university is often regarded as a bastion of liberal democracy where equity and diversity are promoted and racism doesn’t exist. In reality, the university still excludes many people and is a site of racialization that is subtle, complex, and sophisticated. While some studies do point to the persistence of systemic barriers to equity and diversity in higher education, in-depth analyses of racism, racialization, and Indigeneity in the academy are more notable for their absence. The Equity Myth is the first comprehensive, data-based study of racialized and Indigenous faculty members’ experiences in Canadian universities.
A landmark study on racism in Canadian universities, The Equity Myth shows how the goal of achieving equity in higher education has been consistently promised, but never realized for racialized and Indigenous faculty members. It further reveals that the policies and diversity initiatives undertaken so far have only served to deflect criticism of a system that is doing little to change itself.

Copies of the book will be available at the event. To purchase the book online, please click here: https://www.amazon.ca/Equity-Myth-Racialization-Indigeneity-Universities/dp/0774834889

About the Authors:
Frances Henry is a professor emerita of anthropology at York University.
Enakshi Dua is the director of the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University.
Carl E. James teaches in the Faculty of Education and in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University.
Audrey Kobayashi is a professor of geography at Queen’s University, Kingston.
Peter Li is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Saskatchewan.
Howard Ramos is the associate dean of research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and a professor of sociology at Dalhousie University.
Malinda S. Smith is a professor of political science at the University of Alberta.

Click here for directions to York University - Keele Campus: http://maps.info.yorku.ca/keele-campus/keele-transit-directions/

Questions? Email juliapyr@yorku.ca.

Research Committee Event - Cancelled

CANCELLED
Research Committee Event
Sociology Seminar Series
November 29, 2017
12:00 - 2:00
Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall

The research committee is pleased to host for the first time the Sociology Seminar Series. The series is designed to offer graduate students the opportunity to discuss, work through and/or showcase their research. Students at different stages in the research process are encouraged to participate.

The series will bring together graduate students and faculty members to discuss the work of graduate student’s. Graduate students will be offered 15 minutes to discuss any, but not limited to, the following:

  • Issues or concerns in design, methodology or process
  • Theoretical/conceptual concerns or proposals
  • Results, patterns or themes in data

The outcome of these sessions is to foster an intellectual community which supports students as they move through the research process. Fellow graduate students and faculty members who attend as audience members should be willing to discuss, offer suggestions and ask questions about graduate research. Refreshments will be provided to help stimulate the conversation!

The inaugural session will take place on November 29th, between 12-2pm, in the Common Room (2101 VH).

Graduate students willing to participate, along with those wishing to take part as supportive and engaging community members, should RSVP by Nov.22 to: Sonia D’Angelo, sond3@yorku.ca.

The event will only take place if a sufficient amount of graduate students volunteer (3 at minimum, and a maximum of 6) to share their research experiences.

Remembering. Death, Memorialization and the Afterlife in the Digital Age

Remembering.  Death, Memorialization and the Afterlife in the Digital Age
Professor Deborah Davidson and colleagues
November 27, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
44 Gaukel Street
Kitchener, Ontario

Please join Professor Deborah Davidson and her colleagues on Monday, November 27 as they discuss death, memorialization and the afterlife in the digital age. (.pdf)

Karl Marx and the Postcolonial Age

Karl Marx and the Postcolonial Age
Presenter:  Dr. Ranabir Samaddar
Distinguished Chair in Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group and O'Brien Residency Fellow, McGill University
November 21, 2017
3:30 - 5:30
Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall

Professor Samaddar’s research focuses on the areas of migration and refugee studies, nationalism and post-colonial statehood in South Asia, new regimes of technological restructuring and labour control, and Marxism. His many works include A Biography of the Indian Nation1947-1997 (Sage, 2001); The Politics of Dialogue (Ashgate, 2004); The Materiality of Politics (Anthem Press, 2007), The Emergence of the Political Subject (Sage, 2009); and Karl Marx and the Postcolonial Age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Chair: Marcello Musto, Department of Sociology
Discussant:  Raju Das, Department of Sociology

Organized by: Marx Collegium, York University

www.marxcollegium.org

Global Labour Speaker Series

Global Labour Speaker Series
New Directions in the Sociology of Work
Pat Armstrong, Distinguished Research Professor
Norene Pupo, Professor
Mark Thomas, Associate Professor
November 14, 2017
2:30 - 4:00
S802 Ross Building

Join us for a discussion of three recent book publications that involve York sociologists Pat Armstrong (Distinguished Research Professor), Norene Pupo (Professor), and Mark Thomas (Associate Professor) engaging in themes related to the sociology of work. In Wash, Wear, and Care, Armstrong and Day assess the neglected but important labour involved in ensuring that clothes promote respect for both the washers and the wearers, analyze the part that laundry and clothing play in nursing homes, and raise questions about the wider social, political, economic, and historical contexts of these facilities. In Crises in Canadian Work, Pupo, Duffy, and Glenday provide a concise overview of current and emerging issues in the sociology of work, examining the Canadian economy and labour markets in relation to the pressures and processes of globalization. In Work and Labour in Canada, Jackson and Thomas draw upon statistics and case studies to identify the economic, social, and political processes that influence contemporary workplace environments and trends, and point to the need for more equitable and democratic strategies to reorganize work.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite.

In Conversation with Professor Tania Das Gupta

Book Launch for Dr. Vanaja Dhruvarajan
Crossing the Laxman Rekha: One Woman's Struggles Against Gender, Racial and Ethnic Bias
In conversation with Dr. Tania Das Gupta
November 8, 2017
2:30 - 4:30
0010 Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building

The “Laxman Rekha,” from the ancient Indian epic Ramayana, was a line drawn to protect Prince Rama’s wife, Sita, from the dangers of the outside world. In Hindu culture today, the notion of the Laxman Rekha has shifted from protecting women to actually circumscribing their conduct; it has become a metaphor for the proper behavior of Hindu women.

Women have always struggled to stretch these boundaries so as to enjoy more autonomy. This book is about one woman’s struggle to transcend the multiple constraints placed on her due to gender, racial, and ethnic biases—from her 1940s childhood in India, to her working and mothering years in the US, Canada, and India from the 1970s to today. Dr. Dhruvarajan’s story also draws parallels between the pains and pleasures experienced by other women of that era, when gender roles were in flux around the world. It was an exciting time, but it was also rife with disappointment. It seemed that for every successful attempt to push past the metaphorical Laxman Rekha, there was a price to pay—and women paid it.

But human nature is resilient. Author Vanaja Dhruvarajan’s story of upheaval and hope—of courage in the face of continual censure and discrimination—opens a window on what it means to survive crossing the Laxman Rekha.

Dr. Vanaja Dhruvarajan is an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University. A native of Bangalore, India, she completed her BA in India and her Master’s and PhD at the University of Chicago. She has done research in India and Canada and has published several books and articles, including Hindu Women and the Power of Ideology, and Gender, Race and Nation: A Global Perspective, coauthored with Jill Vickers. Besides serving as the president of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, and the Canadian Women’s Studies Association, she held the Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair of Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Copies of the book available at the event, or for purchase on Amazon.ca!

Please RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca.

Light refreshments provided.

Book Release - Harris Ali

Book Release
Environmental Management:  Critical Thinking and Emerging Practices
Authors:  Professors Peter Mulvihill and Harris Ali
Routledge, 2017

Positive leadership involves standing back from an issue, assessing the problem, providing a learned interpretation and delivering a rational and well-constructed vision for change or improvement. This is true in the academic world. Professors Peter Mulvihill (Faculty of Environmental Studies) and Harris Ali (Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies), have just released a new book, Environmental management: Critical thinking and emerging practices, which does just that. It’s especially pertinent because the issue is our dying planet.

Read more.

As well, please see the following published recently in the Excalibur.

Unsettling Canada at 150: Memory Discourses in Transnational Contexts

Unsettling Canada at 150:  Memory Discourses in Transnational Contexts
Friday, November 3, 2017
8:30 - 5:30
519 Kaneff Tower
York University
Workshop Organizations:  Daphne Winland (Anthropology), Jenny Wüstenberg (Politics), Michael Nijhawan (Sociology), Duygu Gul Kaya (Sociology)

Please join us for a one-day workshop titled "Unsettling Canada at 150:  Memory Discourses in Transnational Contexts" on November 3, Friday between 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Sponsored by Canada 150@York with additional funds from the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR), Department of Politics, and the Department of Anthropology, the workshop will take stock of the contemporary politics of memory in Canada and the emerging role of transnational memory discourses in this context.

Open to the public, yet registration is required due to limited space.  To register, please RSVP by sending us an email at unsettlingcanada150@gmail.com, or using the form on the conference website https://unsettlingcanada150.wordpress.com/ by Monday, October 30, 2017.

Call For Papers - Special Issue of Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees

Call For Papers
Racialized Refuge, Reception Contexts and the Status-Labelling Space
Special issues of Refuge:  Canada's Journal on Refugees
Guest Editors:  Christopher Kyriakides, Dina Taha, Rodolfo D. Torres, Carlo Handy Charles

Call for papers now available:  https://refuge.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/refuge/announcement/view/172

QED October Webiner with Chris Kyriakides

QED October Webinar
The Dynamic of Trust in Refugee-Host Relations
Presenter:  Professor Christopher Kyriakides
Canada Research Chair and Executive Committee Member
Centre for Refugee Studies
October 28, 2017
10:00 a.m.
York University

QED is excited to present the QED October Webinar on The  Dynamic of Trust in Refugee-Host Relations.

In this webinar, Professor Kyriakides will discuss how the dynamic of refugee-host relations affects and is affected by the Canadian Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. He will outline what he calls 'the existential transactions of worth', focusing on the pre and post arrival exchange of 'resettlement knowledge assets', why they are central to the establishment of trust between sponsor groups and refugees, and the importance of 'trust formation' in determining 'resettlement success', particularly after 'month 13'.

There will be a question and answer period at the end of the presentation.

Link to webinar:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxvAtP7SaZY

21st Annual Day in Applied Psychoanalysis

21st Annual Day in Applied Psychoanalysis
Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:00 - 4:00
George Ignatief Theatre
University of Toronto
15 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario

Gender Through the Looking Glass:  Whose Perspective?  Gender Fluidity in Culture, Literature, and Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Viewpoints (.pdf)

Paul Lynch
MD Psychoanalyst, Boston

Emma Donoghue
PhD Acclaimed Irish-Canadian Writer/Literary Historian

Sheila Cavanagh
PhD Associate Professor, Sociology, Toronto

Oren Gozlan
PsyD Clinical Psychologist/Psychoanalysis

Marco Posadas
MSW Clinical Social Worker/Psychoanalyst

Presentations by Carlo Handy Charles

The Global Labour Research Centre: International Graduate Student Symposium 2017

Global Labour Research Centre
International Graduate Student Symposium, 2017
October 26 - 27, 2017

The Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) at York University is very pleased to welcome you to their third annual International Graduate Student Symposium. The symposium
showcases graduate student research on a wide range of issues related to the study of
work and labour in a global context, and offers an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to share their research in a collaborative environment. (.pdf)

Those interested in attending can resigner with Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/glrc-international-graduate-student-symposium-2017-tickets-35403420584

The Global Labour Research Centre presents Dr. Henry A. Giroux

Trump's America and the Plague of Illiberal Democracy
Professor Henry Giroux
Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest
McMaster University
Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:30 - 8:30
Senate Chamber, N940 Ross Building

All over the globe, liberal democracy is losing its grip on the public imagination, and in the midst of this loss a toxic form of illiberal democracy is taking its place. As institutions that once provided public visions and proactive spaces are stripped of their authority and decay under the scourge of casino capitalism, the foundation is being set for the rise of new modes of authoritarianism. What they all share is both a hatred for democracy and a willingness to feed off the anger and rage of those who have suffered under punishing austerity measures and the restructuring of all aspects of society to the dictates of financial markets and a culture of cruelty imposed by global capitalism. In this lecture, Professor Henry Giroux posits that it is against this wider historical and social context marked by a mounting embrace of illiberal democracy that the authoritarian populism of Donald Trump and other demagogues can be both interrogated and challenged. It is also against this worldwide embrace of illiberal democracy that a debate must begin over rethinking politics outside of the discourse of capitalism.

Dr. Henry A. Giroux holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the Department of English and Cultural Studies. He is on the editorial and advisory boards of numerous national and international scholarly journals, and has served as the editor or co-editor of four scholarly book series. Dr. Giroux is a regular contributor to a number of online journals including Truthout, Eurozine, and CounterPunch. He has published in many journals including Social Text, Third Text, Cultural Studies, Harvard Educational Review, Theory, Culture, & Society, and Monthly Review. His most recent books include: Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education (2014); Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism (Peter Lang 2014, 2nd edition); The Violence of Organized Forgetting (City Lights, 2014); Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of the Spectacle (co-authored with Brad Evans, City Lights, 2015); Dangerous Thinking in the Age of the New Authoritarianism (Routledge, 2016); America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017); and The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of Authoritarianism (Routledge 2018). His primary research areas are: cultural studies, youth studies, critical pedagogy, popular culture, media studies, social theory, and the politics of higher and public education. He is particularly interested in what he calls the war on youth, the corporatization of higher education, the politics of neoliberalism, public pedagogy, the educative nature of politics, the rise of various youth movements across the globe, and the assault on civic literacy and the collapse of public memory.

Space is limited. Please register with EventBrite

Facebook event page

All are welcome.

The John Eleen Annual Lecture in Global Labour is an initiative of the Global Labour Research Centre and is co-sponsored by the Ontario Federation of Labour.

Urban Sociology in an Urban World - Professor Kevin Ward

Urban Sociology in an Urban World
Professor Kevin Ward
Visiting Professor, The City Institute at York University
Monday, October 16, 2017
11:30 - 2:30
2101 Vari Hall

What is the future of urban sociology and does it matter?  Given that we live in what has been variously labelled as the "urban age" or the "urban century", where over half the world lives in a city, where we are witnessing the emergence of "mega cities" of more than 10 million people and where the process of urbanization is transforming relationships across space, then what role should there be for urban sociology?  And how does the possible future contribution of sociology stack up compared to cognate disciplines, such as anthropology or geography?  These questions - and others - will be raised in this workshop.  (.pdf)

12th Annual Center for Refugee Studies Student Conference

12th Annual Center for Refugee Studies Student Conference
"Bordering on Crisis:  Citizenship, Borders and Forced Displacement"
Keynote Speaker:  Professor Nevzat Soguk, University of Hawaii at Manoa
October 12 - 13, 2017
519 Kaneff Tower

Conference registration and participation is free but registration is required.

More information about the conference and the program and the particpants' abstracts and biographies available at: https://crsstudentscaucus.wordpress.com/

To register for the conference: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/12th-crs-annual-students-conference-tickets-35372116954

To register for the keynote speech: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/crs-student-conference-2017-keynote-speaker-lecture-professor-nevzat-soguk-tickets-37735707517

Special thanks to our Sponsors
Trudeau foundation, The center for Refugee Studies, Liberal arts and professional Studies (LA&PS), Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS), Disaster and Emergency management, Political Science, Philosophy, Yokr University Graduate Students association (YUGSA), Social work, Fine Arts and Theater, History, Public Policy, Sociology and Social and political thought.

Marx and Democracy - Professor Terrell Carver

Marx and Democracy
Professor Terrell Carver
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
University of Bristol
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
3:00 - 5:00
2101 Vari Hall

Abstract: In political terms Marx was much more of a democrat than many of his followers have wanted to admit. His political allies in the 1840s were 'bourgeois liberals', and he was wholly on the side of struggles and revolutions to establish constitutional regimes. In terms of suffrage and economics he was of course a 'left' democrat, but one who advocated working class action against middle class forces only with great reluctance. Many of his 'political' works have been devalued, compared with those that have taken pride of place as 'theory'. And some of his 'theoretical' works make more sense when read contextually as political interventions. One of these is 'The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte', which contains a novel theory of democracy, but one not yet appreciated either in the literatures on Marx or on democratic theory. Marx argues that representative democracy and military dictatorship are not poles apart as political constructions, but rather balanced 'on a knife's edge' by ever-present political forces. His account of French revolutionary and counter-revolutionary politics points to the crucial role of elected politicians in representative democracies and how easily they can be turned to abolish the very institutions that they had sworn to uphold. This theory clarifies many of the conflicts and struggles that have taken place since that time - and indeed are occurring in the present - in apparently 'democratic' countries worldwide. (.pdf)

Discussant: George Comninel, Department of Politics, York University

Admission to this activity is free - no registration.

Organized by Marx Collegium, York University
http://www.marxcollegium.org

Contact: marcello.musto@gmail.com

The Global Labour Research Centre presents Jonathan Rosenblum

Lessons of the Fight for $15 in the Trump Era
with Jonathan Rosenblum
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
1:00 - 2:30
S802 Ross Building

Labour organizer Jonathan Rosenblum will discuss the inside story of the first successful fight for $15. Just outside Seattle, an unlikely alliance of Sea-Tac airport workers, union and community activists, and clergy staged face-to-face confrontations with corporate leaders to unite a diverse, largely immigrant workforce in a struggle over power between airport workers and business and political elites. This talk will consider lessons from this campaign that may contribute to building a powerful, inclusive labour movement and enable workers to reclaim their power in the contemporary economy.

Jonathan Rosenblum was campaign director of the SeaTac Airport workers campaign, which he directed for the Service Employees International Union. Prior to SeaTac, he led healthcare organizing campaigns, coordinated multi-union drives in the Seattle area, and was founding organizer of Washington State Jobs With Justice, a labour, faith, student and community coalition organized to fight for the rights of all working people. Jonathan played a key role in thehistoric 2015 re-election of socialist Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant. He also has served in leadership positions in multi-faith coalitions, and is a leader in Kadima (Jewish) Reconstructionist Community in Seattle. He has written and spoken extensively about workers and the future of the social justice movement.

All are welcome. Registration is free.

Café Scientifique - Healthy Cities

CIHR - Institute of Population and Public Health
Café Scientifique - Healthy Cities - Professor Harris Ali
Professor Harris Ali - Chair
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
4:00 - 7:00
Schulich Private Dining Room

The Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), along with the City Institute (CITY), invite you to join them for a discussion (and refreshments) on Health Cities.  Professor Harris Ali, Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Graduate Program in Sociology, will be chairing the event.  Dr. Ali has published on toxic contamination events and disease outbreaks.  His current research focuses on the relationship between globalization, urbanization and infectious disease spread.  His most recent research involves the spread of tuberculosis amongst the homeless in Toronto, environmental justice and political economy, as well as the potential of complexity theory to investigate environmental health phenomena. (.pdf)

Conference Report: Marx's Capital After 150 Years: Critique and Alternative to Capitalism

Marx's Capital After 150 Years:  Critique and Alternative to Capitalism
May 24-26, 2017
Organized by Marx Collegium (York University)
Directorship:  Professor Marcello Musto

An international conference to mark the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Marx’s Capital was held May 24 to 26 at York University.

Organized by Marx Collegium (York University), under the directorship of Marcello Musto, associate professor of sociology, the conference brought together some of the leading scholars in the fields of sociology, political science, and philosophy from more than 20 universities and 10 countries to critically discuss the history, the content, and the relevance of this path-breaking book.

As one of the largest academic events in York University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LAPS) in many years, the three-day event attracted a large audience, with more than 1,000 students, scholars, and activists coming from as far as Nepal, Japan, Mexico and Nicaragua. The closing session, with a keynote speech by Professor Immanuel Wallerstein (Yale University), was attended by more than 300 people.

For more on this story, please see yfile:  http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2017/06/07/york-hosts-international-conference-marxs-capital-after-150-years-critique-and-alternative-to-capitalism/#.WTjM6xL-pjw.twitter

Call for Proposals - Global Labour Research Centre

Call for Proposals
International Graduate Student Symposium
October 26-27, 2017
York University
Deadline for Submissions:  July 21, 2017

The Global Labour Research Centre at York University invites proposals for presentations at its upcoming third annual international graduate student symposium, which will take place on October 26-27, 2017.  To encourage the formation of the broadest intellectual community, they invite proposals on a wide range of issues and areas of research, including, but no limited to: work, employment, and labour rights; migration, citizenship, and work; inequality, work, and labour markets; gender relations at work and in labour movements; revitalization of workers' movements; work and popular culture; labour, colonialism, and decolonization; work, labour movements, and the environment.  Please see their call for proposals for more information. (.pdf)

Symposium Organizing Committee:  Rawan Abdelbaki, Matthew Corbeil, Lacey Croft, Jolin Joseph, Adam King, Professor Mark Thomas

Roundtable: Performing Perversion with Professor Sheila Cavanagh

Roundtable with Professor Sheila Cavanagh
Performing Perversion
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
10:00-11:30
519 Kaneff

Professor Sheila Cavanagh participates in this roundtable through the Summer Institute of Sexuality Studies. (.pdf)

Book Launch - Pat Armstrong

Book Launch
Wash, Wear and Care:  Clothing and Laundry in Long-Term Residential Care
Professor Pat Armstrong and Dr. Suzanne Day
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
4:30
Pantages Hotel, Drama Room 7
200 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario

Clothes are inextricably tied to dignity and personal identity. They take on a particular significance in places such as long-term residential care, where they are among the only personal indicators of identity residents may retain.

In Wash, Wear and Care: Clothing and Laundry in Long-Term Residential Care, Sociology Professor Pat Armstrong and Suzanne Day, a graduate of York’s Sociology Doctoral Program, use the particular case of clothes in nursing homes to raise larger questions about care, women’s labour, privatization and dignity for both those who need and those who provide care.

The book is based primarily on ethnographic research from a seven-year SSHRC-funded project Re-imagining Long-term Residential Care: An internationals Study of Promising Practices and a smaller CIHR funded one on Healthy Aging in Residential Places. Examined through the critical lens of feminist political economy, the neglected issues related to clothes and the labour involved in their care are used to explore the myriad shifting political and economic dynamics experienced by staff, residents, families, volunteers and managers of long-term care homes, the impacts on the health-care system and the implications of health care reform.

Growing out of her research on women’s work and on health care, Armstrong has for more than a decade been researching issues relating to the lives of seniors and the work involved in their care. As of June 2016, she is a co-investigator on a four-year project, “Seniors Adding Life to Years” that received $2 million to study quality of life of seniors living in residential long-term care settings, their caregivers and supporters.

The book will be launched at a public event on May 30 at 4:30pm in Drama Room 7 of the Pantages Hotel, 200 Victoria St., Toronto. Intended to coincide with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the panel on privatization presented by members of the research team will be followed by a reception.

Research Matters' Parliament Hill Pop-Up

On May 17, York University participated in the Council of Ontario Universities (COU)'s Research Matters annual Pop-Up Research Park on Parliament Hill.  Vice-President, Research and Innovation Robert Hache and sociology's Professor Fuyuki Kurasawa attended with Kurasawa's display, on how digital culture is tackling the world's problems, attracting considerable attention from members of Parliament.  Research Matters chose Kurasawa's work to represent York due to is engaging and timely relevance.  For the full story, please see http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2017/05/23/york-u-showcases-research-at-research-matters-parliament-hill-pop-up/.

International Conference - The Marx Collegium

Marx's Capital After 150 Years:  Critique and Alternatives to Capitalism
Professor Marcello Musto, Conference Organizer
May 24, 2017 - May 26, 2017
York University
Toronto, Ontario
http://www.marxcollegium.org/

After the eruption of the international financial crisis in 2008, Marx's Capital received renewed academic and popular attention. Leading newspapers throughout the world discussed again the contemporary relevance of its pages. Faced with a deep new crisis of capitalism, many are now looking to an author who in the past was often wrongly associated with the "actually existing socialism", and who was hastily dismissed after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

For many scholars, today Marx's analyses are arguably resonating even more strongly than they did in Marx's own time. This international conference brings together several world-renowned sociologists, political theorists, economists, and philosophers, from diverse fields and 13 countries. Its aim is to explore diverse scholarly perspectives and critical insights into the principal contradictions of contemporary capitalism and, in so doing, to draw attention to alternative economic and social models.
The presenters will critically reconsider Marx's Capital as a work that continues to provide an effective framework to understand the nature of capitalism and the transformations of our times.

ADMISSION TO THIS CONFERENCE IS FREE - NO REGISTRATION (.pdf)

The Global Digital Citizenship Lab Speaker Series - April 4, 2017

Hate Trolls and Freedom of Expression Online:  What To Do?
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
12:00 - 1:30
103 Rogers Communication Centre
Ryerson University
80 Gould Street

The surge in both online abuse, most commonly gendered, racially-, sexually-, or religiously-based and in technologically-enabled harassment demands we reconsider the thorny question of how democratic societies deal with abusive discourse while preserving the right to free expression.

Panelists will include among others, Penni Stewart, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, York University, and Fuyuki Kurasawa, Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship, York University. (.pdf)

Book Launch - Philip Walsh

Book Launch
The Anthem Companion to Hannah Arendt
with co-editor Philip Walsh
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
3:00-5:00
Founders College Senior Common Room
305 Founders College

Join Professor Walsh and a panel discussion with graduate students who will discuss the influence of Hannah Arendt on their research. (.pdf)

YSGA 7th Annual Graduate Symposium

York Sociology Graduate Association
7th Annual Graduate Symposium
"What is Your Sociological Program?"
Friday, March 10, 2017
9:00 - 5:00
Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall

All students and faculty in the Graduate Program in Sociology, as well as invited guests, are welcome to attend the 7th Annual YSGA Symposium.  Come on out and hear about the research that's being done by your peers.  A complete list of talks will be distributed soon. (.pdf)

Immediately following the Symposium, everyone is invited to attend the social in the Underground restaurant on campus.  Plan to be there for around 6:00 p.m.! (.pdf)

Book Launch - Deborah Davidson

Book Launch
The Tattoo Project
edited by Professor Deborah Davidson
Thursday, March 2, 2017
1:00 - 4:00
McLaughlin Senior Common Room
140 McLaughlin College

Please see the schedule of events running 1:00-4:00. (.pdf)  Please note that Professor Davidson will be available 1:00-4:00 to discuss and sign her book, and to discuss a plan for a York Commemorates Tattoo Exhibit.

The Global Digital Citizenship Lab Speaker Series - Jennifer R. Whitson

Jennifer R. Whitson
University of Waterloo
CITIZEN, SUBJECT, AVATAR: Gamifying Social Problems with Surveillance
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Qualitative Research and Resource Centre
N141 Ross Building

The presentation provides an introduction to gamification and the quantified self. By first defining gamification, games, and play, and then linking the effectiveness of gamification to the quantification of everyday life, the paper shows how quantification in gamification is different from quantification in both analog spaces and digital non-game spaces. The presentation draws from governmentality studies to illustrate how quantification is leveraged in terms of surveillance, using three examples to demonstrate the social effects and impacts of gamified behaviour. These examples range from gamifying everyday life using self-surveillance, to the participatory surveillance evoked by social networking services, to the hierarchical surveillance of the gamified call-centre. Importantly, the call-centre example becomes a limit case, emphasizing the inability to gamify all spaces, especially those framed by work and not play. Ultimately, without knowing first what games and play are, we cannot accurately respond to and critique the playful surveillant technologies that gamification leverage, and the very real, very insidious, governance structures that are embedded within. (.pdf)

Jennifer R. Whitson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology & Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. She works at the nexus of digital games and surveillance studies, having conducted ethnographic fieldwork with game developers since 2012. Her research centres on the shifting production models of the global game industry, tracing how risk management practices, datamining, and digital distribution shape developers' creative work and the larger cultural role of games and play. More generally, she studies digital media surveillance, social influences on software development processes, gamification, and governance in online domains. She is on the board of the University of Waterloo’s Games Institute and their Cybersecurity and Privacy Centre, and is a Research Advisor for Execution Labs, an investment platform for game studios. She is an associate editor of Surveillance and Society, and her work can be found in a number of edited collections, such as The Gameful World (MIT Press), as well as journals such as First Monday, Economy & Society, and FibreCulture.

Discussant: Alex Cybulski (iSchool, University of Toronto)
Sponsored by the York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship (Fuyuki Kurasawa)

Social Theory Reading Group-January 11, 2017

Social Theory Reading Group
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall

Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to attend the Social Theory Reading Group on Wednesday, January 11. The reading for this week is Anna Tsing's "Friction:  An Ethnography of Global Connection".  Anyone who wishes to attend is invited to read as much as they'd like of chapters 1, 2 and 4, or if you'd like, you can read the whole book. (.pdf)

YSGA 7th Annual Symposium - Call for Abstracts

The York Sociology Graduate Association is pleased to invite all graduate students in our program to submit an abstract for its 7th Annual Sociology Graduate Symposium on March 10, 2017 (.pdf).

The Global Digital Citizenship Lab Speaker Series - Linsey McGoey

LINSEY MCGOEY (University of Essex)
THE ELUSIVE RENTIER RICH: Piketty’s Data Battles and the Power of Absent Evidence
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2016
2:00pm–3:30pm
Qualitative Research & Resource Centre (N141 Ross)

The popularity of Thomas Piketty’s research on wealth disparities raises a question: why was wealth inequality neglected in mainstream neoclassical economic theory during the latter half of the twentieth century? To explore this question, I draw on the writing of the early neoclassical economist John Bates Clark, who introduced the notion of the marginal productivity of income distribution at the end of the nineteenth century. I then turn to Piketty’s Capital in order to analyze the salience of marginal productivity theories of income today. I suggest that most of the criticism and praise for Piketty’s research is focused on data that is accessible and measurable, obscuring attention to questions over whether current methods for measuring economic capital are defensible or not. Debates over the robustness of Piketty’s data have had unanticipated effects, such as the implication that mainstream economics is marked by a high degree of internal tension and fruitful disciplinary discord. In reality, mainstream theory resists challenges to core disciplinary beliefs, such as the belief that remuneration levels reflect one’s economic contribution. I explore how ‘absent’ data in economics as a whole helps to reinforce blind-spots within mainstream economic theory.

Linsey McGoey is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex. She’s currently working on two main research projects. The first explores the relationship between global philanthropy and growing economic inequality, with a focus on new, hybrid forms of philanthropy that direct charitable resources to for-profit recipients. The second is a project on abundance and scarcity in economic and social thought, with an emphasis on work by Georges Bataille and Henry George. McGoey is co-editor (with Matthias Gross) of the International Routledge Handbook of Ignorance Studies (2015), and the author of No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy (Verso, 2015). (.pdf)

Discussant: Kean Birch (Department of Social Science, York University)

Refreshments will be provided at the event.

Sponsored by the York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship (Fuyuki Kurasawa)

Social Theory Reading Group - November 30, 2016

Social Theory Reading Group
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall

Picture of Social Theory Reading Group AdvertisementGraduate students from all disciplines are invited to attend the Social Theory Reading Group  on Wednesday, November 30. The reading for this week is Feminism Without Borders by Chandra Talpade Mohanty.  If you're unable to read the whole book, feel free to read the "Introduction" and the last two chapters: "Underwesternized" and "Reorienting Feminism".

 

The Global Digital Citizenship Lab Speaker Series - Dorit Geva

"No to the Ideology of Gender!": French Mobilization Against Same-Sex Marriage and Bourgeois Politics of Distinction
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
Department of Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall

The “Manif Pour Tous” (MPT) is a French social movement that mobilized during the spring of 2013 against legalization of same-sex marriage. Drawing from ethnographic observation of MPT events, supplemented by interviews with founding members, the paper analyzes
the complex moral claims of MPT activists. It seeks to understand why they mobilized against “gender,” at the same time that they claimed that they were not homophobic, and even self-identified as feminist. The paper argues that MPT members viewed their own ideational complexity as standing against the “ideology of gender” propagated by “bobos,” or bourgeois-bohemian secular elites who putatively dominate French universities and the French state. The politics of gender and sexuality have therefore become a stage upon which intrabourgeois class struggles are being played out in contemporary France.

Dorit Geva is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Central European University (Budapest), and is currently a EURIAS fellow at the Collegium de Lyon. After completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at New York University, she was the Vincent Wright Fellow in Comparative Politics at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, and spent four years as a Harper Schmidt Fellow teaching social theory at the University of Chicago before joining the Central European University in 2011. She has published a comparative book on the gender politics of military service in France and the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2013) as well as articles in the American Journal of Sociology, Polity, Politics and Society, and Social Politics. With the support of a European
Commission Marie Curie Grant, she has been gathering data on the gender politics of right-wing movements and parties in France. She remains a Torontonian at heart. (.pdf)

Sponsored by the Jean Monnet Chair at York University (Heather MacRae) and the York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship (Fuyuki Kurasawa)

Book Launch - Centre For Refugee Studies

Centre for Refugee Studies Seminar Series
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Common Area, 8th Floor Kaneff Tower

After the Flight:  The Dynamics of Refugee Settlement and Integration
Co-edited by Professors Morgan Poteet, Department of Sociology, Mount Allison University and graduate of the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University, and Shiva Nourpanah, Department of Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University (with contributions from Michaela Hynie and Susan McGrath, York University).

Social Theory Reading Group - November 9, 2016

Social Theory Reading Group
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall

Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to attend the Social Theory Reading Group  on Wednesday, November 9. The reading for this week is Liquid Modernity by Zygmunt Bauman.

Visions(s) of Politics: The Thought of Sheldon Wolin

Visions(s) of Politics:  The Thought of Sheldon Wolin
November 3-4, 2016
Verney Room
6th Floor South Ross

This conference is free and open to the York community and to the public, but because space is limited please inform the conference organizers that you're coming:  wolinconference2016@gmail.com.

Professor Philip Walsh will be Chairing a session on November 3, 10:30-11:15 called "Dana Villa - Between Arendt and Gadamer:  Re-Reading Politics and Vision".

Reception Contexts

Reception Contexts
October 12, 2016
9:15 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Harry Crowe Room, 109 Atkinson College

Dr. Christopher Kyriakides, York's Canada Research Chair in Socially Engaged Research in Race and Racialization, Department of Sociology, invites you to attend a Panel entitled Reception Contexts, a one-day synergy event hosted in partnership with York's Centre for Refugee Studies.  Reception Contexts will connect graduate students, emerging and established scholars working in the broad areas of ethnic exclusion, racialization and immigration in Europe, North America and the Middle East so as to explore and consider how their work can help to shed light on exclusionary practices related to the reception of 'Syrian refugees' in various national contexts. For more information on this event, including information on the panels, please see here (.pdf).

Social Theory Reading Group - October 5, 2016

Social Theory Reading Group
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
6:10 p.m.
Cucinetta Italian Cafe (York Lanes)

Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to attend the Social Theory Reading Group (.pdf) on Wednesday, October 5 at 6:10 in the Cucinetta Italian Cafe (York Lanes).  This is the first meeting of the Reading Group organized by students in the Graduate Program in Sociology.

Book Launch for Kathy Bischoping and Amber Gazso

Book Launch
Analyzing Talk in the Social Sciences. Narrative, Conversation and Discourse Strategies
Professors Kathy Bischoping and Amber Gazso
April 26, 2016

 

YSGA Presentation Workshop

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the York Sociology Graduate Association hosted a one-day YSGA Presentation Workshop (.pdf) which provided an opportunity for the students to workshop a presentation and get feedback from their peers and faculty.

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