Graduate Program in Sociology
New Faculty Appointment
Professor Cary Wu
Cary Wu is an assistant professor of sociology at York University. His research on political sociology, migration, and urban studies have appeared in peer-reviewed journals including PNAS, Social Forces, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, International Political Science Review, Urban Studies, Geoforum, The American Sociologist and The China Review.
He has also published opinion articles in Macleans, Global Dialogue, and The Ubyssey and shared research with the public via national and international radio and newspaper forums such as CBC Radio, Roundhouse Radio, Fairchild Radio, Financial Times, and University Herald.
He acts occasionally as a reviewer for journals such as American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Sociology of Education, Urban Studies, City & Community, Frontiers Psychology, International Political Science Review, and Social & Cultural Geography.
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.
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.
Canadian Sociological Association
Outstanding Doctoral Student
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).
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
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 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.
Canadian Sociological Association
Outstanding MA Program Student
Recipient: Leigha Comer
For 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.
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, 2016 and Recipient of the Canadian Sociological Association Outstanding PhD Program Student
Recipient: Markus Kip, PhD
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.
We're pleased to introduce you to our most recent graduates! We couldn't be more proud.
Hello all, it is almost time for Robbie Burns night! This coming Friday, Jan 25th I'll be hosting a dinner in celebration of the Bard at my place and you're all invited.
Please RSVP if you are interested in coming so I can get an idea of how much food to prepare!
There will be food, drink, music, and probably a few botched poems as well.
Looking forward to seeing some of you come out!
Halfway through the school year, halfway (ha!) through winter, halfway through a tumultuous mindwarp of a presidency: it's time to come out and be halfway social.
The Halfway Social will be:
· Monday Jan 21
· starting at 5:30
· at the Underground
Rawan Abdelbaki, Sylvia Bawa, Selom Chapman-Nyaho, Adam King, Eric Mykhalovskiy, Jarrett Rose, and at least a couple of the students in my grad methods class have said they hope to join in. We hope you can too, the more the merrier!
P.S. No promises to pay for everybody's food & drinks.
Social Event in Advance of Angela Davis Lecture
November 1, 2018
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.
The York Sociology Graduate Association
First Social of the Year!
Friday, October 19, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the social.
The Graduate Program in Sociology congratulates its newest graduates!
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.
Meet some of the program's newest MA and PhD graduates.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
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 email@example.com (.pdf)
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...
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)
June 21, 2017
The Graduate Program in Sociology is extremely proud of its most recent graduates. We wish you all well!
Saturday, February 11, 2017
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
Saturday, February 11, 2017
420 Spadina Avenu
Come on out and celebrate the Lunar New Year/Spring Festival.
Inauguration Get Together
Thursday, January 19, 2017
All members of the graduate program in sociology are invited to come to this... interesting and unusual moment.
YSGA Social: Pub Night!
Friday, December 2, 2016
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 20, 2016
The Graduate Program in Sociology congratulates our October 2016 graduates. We wish you all the best!
Annual Bake Sale for the Workers' Action Centre
Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 27
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.
October 15, 2016
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
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 22, 2016
The Graduate Program in Sociology congratulates our June 2016 graduates. We wish you all the best!
The website for York’s emerging sociology graduate journal, New Sociology: Journal of Critical Praxis, is now available!
New Sociology: Journal of Critical Praxis
For more information on our mandate, submission guidelines, and editorial board, check us out at: https://nsjcp.journals.yorku.ca/.
Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates about New Sociology.
New Sociology Editors
POSITION Research Assistant
START DATE August 2019 or asap
RATE Commensurate with education and experience
Under the direction of Professor Guida Man, the Research Assistant (RA) will support the work of a SSHRC funded project (phase II) “Developing a comprehensive understanding of elder abuse prevention in immigrant communities.” The ideal candidate will bring relevant education, research experience, skills to the research team. She/he/they will have an opportunity to develop research skills as well as engage with researchers, community advocates, and community leaders.
· Establishing connections and meeting with community partner agencies and stakeholders
· Preparation of documents required for participant recruitment and data collection including their translation into Chinese as required
· Assisting the research team with Cantonese speaking Chinese participant recruitment and data collection
· Organizing and facilitating focus group discussions
· Transcribing and translating focus group discussions and participation in data management and analysis, as required
· Assisting the research team in developing manuscripts, reports and other publications
· Preparing other knowledge dissemination material (such as fact sheets, policy briefs, abstracts, posters, and conference presentations), as required
· Providing information required for project website and progress reports
· Doctoral or Masters students with training or equivalent education and experience in sociology, psychology, social work, mental health, counselling, health promotion, and/or community-based research
· Fluency in Cantonese is required.
· Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
· Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team
· Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook software
· Demonstrated ability to meet timelines and achieve project objectives and targets
In addition, the RAs must have a willingness to learn and seek opportunities to develop their own research capacity and skills throughout their appointment.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION
Please send a cover letter, a CV, and the names and contact information of 3 referees via email to Professor Guida Man email@example.com as soon as possible.
Note: Please email with the following subject heading “Application: Research Assistant – Cantonese-SSHRC IG” to ensure that your application receives timely consideration.
We thank everyone who is interested in applying for the position. Please note that only candidates short-listed for interviews will be contacted. Please do not make phone inquiries.
Refugee Rights Day 2019 | Panel Discussion,
Syria Response and Refugee Initiative Reception and “The Road Less Travelled” Exhibit Launch | April 4, 2019 |12:00-2:30pm
McLaughlin College, the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) and its Syria Response and Refugee Initiative, with co-sponsors the Department of Sociology and Centre for Public Policy (Osgoode Hall Law School), York University, are proud to present:
Refugee Rights Day 2019 | Panel Discussion, Syria Response and Refugee Initiative Reception and “The Road Less Travelled” Exhibit Launch | April 4, 2019 |12:00-2:30pm
McLaughlin College Junior Common Room (014)
**Light lunch and refreshments will be served**
Please RSVP to https://goo.gl/forms/4i9fiI1IgdIGxFWf1
This event and day of reflection marks Refugee Rights Day in Canada (April 4th) and a reception to recognize the efforts of York-based refugee sponsors and mark the formal conclusion of York’s Syria Response and Refugee Initiative (SRRI), a Syrian refugee resettlement and education project (2015-2019) hosted by its Centre for Refugee Studies.
Speakers will discuss the origins and contemporary relevance of Refugee Rights Day, refugee policy in Canada and reflect upon their York-based engagement in refugee issues.
This event will also mark the formal launch of a mixed media exhibition “The Road Less Travelled,” (at 2pm) by Professor Nergis Canefe of York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies and Department of Politics, which will be displayed in the McLaughlin College Art Gallery (001 McLaughlin College) throughout the month of April.
Professor Michaela Hynie, Faculty of Health & Centre for Refugee Studies, York University
Welcome and Opening Remarks:
Professor James C. Simeon, Head of McLaughlin College, School of Public Policy and Administration, LA&PS, York University
Geraldine Sadoway, Human Rights and Refugee Lawyer (LLM), Author and Instructor
John Carlaw, Project Lead, York University Syria Response and Refugee Initiative Graduate Fellow, Centre for Refugee Studies
Humaima Ashfaque, Student Ambassador, Syria Response and Refugee Initiative Student Refugee Program Coordinator- WUSC Keele Campus Committee
Edwar Dommar, Amnesty International at York, WUSC Keele & Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge Volunteer
Refugee Rights Day highlights the 1985 Supreme Court Singh decision, which found that anyone on Canadian soil is covered by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Bill of Rights. This paved the way for all refugee claimants in Canada to have the right to an oral hearing of their case and the establishment of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).
In addition to refugee claims, refugees also obtain protection in Canada through resettlement. Amidst a changing policy environment, since Fall, 2015 ten York-based refugee sponsorship teams have been part of the pan-GTA Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge and York’s Syria Response and Refugee Initiative. These efforts have been combined with ambitious educational programming and community engagement, including work with more than 18 different student groups as well as campus and community partners. For its part, York’s Keele Campus World University Service of Canada Committee was recently recognized by WUSC as its 2018 National Committee of the Year. York’s Glendon and Keele Campus WUSC committees collectively sponsor five new refugee students each year to study and live in our university community.
Please join us to reflect upon refugee rights in Canada, including the contemporary relevance of the Singh decision and state of contemporary refugee policy in Canada and mark some of York’s recent contributions!
You are invited to celebrate the publication of Emily Laxer’s book Unveiling the Nation. The Politics of Secularism in France and Quebec, on Tuesday April 23rd at 4 p.m.
You are invited to celebrate the publication of Emily Laxer’s book Unveiling the Nation. The Politics of Secularism in France and Quebec, on Tuesday April 23rd at 4 p.m. in YH A 304 on Glendon campus.
A presentation of the book (in French and English) will be followed by a discussion and a reception.
RSVP by April 16 at firstname.lastname@example.org
The event is sponsored by the Research Group sur le Canada francophone, Francophile et en français.
The author :
Emily Laxer is a Sociologist specializing in political sociology; immigration; citizenship and nationalism; and gender. Her research broadly 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 shaping the boundaries of nationhood in France and Québec. Her work has been published in such peer-reviewed journals as Ethnic & Racial Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Nations & Nationalism, and Comparative Studies in Society and History.
The book :
Over the last few decades, politicians in Europe and North America have fiercely
debated the effects of a growing Muslim minority on their respective national
identities. Some of these countries have prohibited Islamic religious coverings in
public spaces and institutions, while in others, legal restriction remains subject to
intense political conflict. Seeking to understand these different outcomes, social
scientists have focused on the role of countries’ historically rooted models of
nationhood and their attendant discourses of secularism.
Emily Laxer’s Unveiling the Nation problematizes this approach. Using France
and Quebec as illustrative cases, she traces how the struggle of political parties
for power and legitimacy shapes states’ responses to Islamic signs. Drawing on
historical evidence and behind-the-scenes interviews with politicians and activists,
Laxer uncovers unseen links between structures of partisan conflict and the
strategies that political actors employ when articulating the secular boundaries of
the nation. In France’s historically class-based political system, she demonstrates,
parties on the left and the right have converged around a restrictive secular
agenda in order to limit the siphoning of votes by the ultra-right. In Quebec,
by contrast, the longstanding electoral salience of the “national question” has
encouraged political actors to project highly conflicting images of the province’s
secular past, present, and future.
At a moment of heightened debate in the global politics of religious diversity,
Laxer’s Unveiling the Nation sheds critical light on the way party politics and
its related instabilities shape the secular boundaries of nationhood in diverse
The Centre for Feminist Research Presents:
Celebrating Twenty Years of Looking White People in the Eye
Lecture by Sherene H. Razack, Distinguished Professor and Penny Kanner Chair in Gender Studies, UCLA
Introduced by co-editors of the special issue of Canadian Journal of Women and the Law celebrating the book’s 20th anniversary: Dr. Gada Mahrouse (Concordia), Dr. Leslie Thielen-Wilson (Nipissing) and Dr. Carmela Murdocca (York)
In honour of Dr. Sherene Razack's ground-breaking book Looking White People in the Eye: Gender, Race and Culture in Courtrooms and Classrooms (now in its fourth edition), and her important and on-going contributions to critical race feminisms and socio-legal studies.
Date: Monday, March 18, 2019
Location: Founders Assembly Hall (152 Founders College), York University
Accessibility: Accessible space. Wheelchair-accessible and gender-neutral bathroom nearby. Wayfinding signs will be posted. Everyone welcome.
Founders Assembly Hall
RSVP to: email@example.com
Dr. Sherene Razack is one of Canada’s leading critical race feminist theorists and is especially known for developing an analytic that shows how racial violence is often legally and socially authorized and is integral to the making of states, and how racial violence is gendered and sexualized. Dr. Razack is the founder of the virtual research and teaching network Racial Violence Hub (RVHub).
Co-sponsored by: Department of Social Science, Department of Sociology, Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, the Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies, the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, the Department of Equity Studies, the Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation.
The 2019 edition of The Geneva Challenge - Advancing Development Goals International Contest for graduate students
The Challenges of Global Health
The 2019 edition of The Geneva Challenge - Advancing Development Goals International Contest for graduate students. This year, students are invited to develop analysis-based proposals on "The Challenges of Global Health".
The 2019 edition of the Geneva Challenge is a project funded by Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and was supported by the late Kofi Annan as the high-patron of the contest. The Geneva Challenge aims to encourage interdisciplinary problem solving analysis among master students on advancing human development within the scope of a relevant topic.
Global Health is a defining challenge of tomorrow’s world and is a critical concern for both developing and developed countries. As the key to this issue is an interdisciplinary solution, crossing traditional boundaries between academic disciplines, we are inviting Master students from all academic programmes and from anywhere in the world to provide helpful strategic recommendations. Five prizes, one per continent, we will be distributed.
Teams of 3-5 master students must submit an 8,000 word proposal which:
· identify a challenge stemming from global health;
· construct an interdisciplinary analysis on how it affects different aspects of development in a specific (but transposable) context;
· propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity.
The Geneva Challenge 2019 will distribute 25’000 CHF in monetary prizes and the finalists will be invited to publicly present their work in Geneva before a panel of high-level experts. Networking opportunities are also envisioned as part of the prize package.
Registrations close on 24th March 2019.
Submission due by 15th July 2019.
More information is available on: www.graduateinstitute.ch/TheGenevaChallenge
We thank you in advance and remain at your disposal for any question you may have.
The Geneva Challenge - Advancing Development Goals International Contest for graduate students
Mobilizing Knowledge, Making Connections
York Sociology Graduate Association (YSGA) Invites you to the 8th Annual Graduate Symposium this Friday, March 8, 2019
9:00am - 5:30pm
Sociology Common Room 2101 Vari Hall
All graduate students and faculty in the Graduate Program in Sociology are encouraged to attend.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Trump and the Politics of Resentment: Populism and American Character, a talk on Tuesday 5 March, 3:00pm
A talk by Lauren Langman, Professor
Loyola University, Chicago
Tuesday 5 March 2019
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Verney Room, South 674 Ross Bldg
In order to understand Trump, populism and the current politics of resentment in the US, Lauren Langman argues that we not only need to return to Marx’s theory of capitalist crises. We also need to see populism and authoritarianism through the lens of the Frankfurt School’s critique of capitalism’s psycho-cultural crises. These crises, and their recent product, Trump, have deep historical roots in American social character. There is another progressive yet episodic dimension of American character, however, that is again emerging to challenge the aggression and resentment evident in American populism today.
Lauren Langman is a professor of sociology at Loyola University of Chicago. He has long worked in the tradition of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, exploring the relationships between culture, identity and politics/political movements. His latest books are on American Character, God, Guns, Gold and Glory and Inequality in the 21st C: Marx, Piketty and Beyond.
Seminar presented by
Department of Politics
Department of Sociology
Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Reflections on the Contemporary Political Situation in India | Tuesday, 5 March 2019 | 11:30am to 1:30pm | Room 280A, Second Floor, York Lanes | Keele Campus| York University
This symposium aims to critically explore the contemporary situation in India, in terms of political, economic and social rights of the citizens.
The Global Rise of the Far-right and India
Shyam Ranganathan (Philosophy)
Entering Sabarimala Ayappa Temple: Devotion, Desacralization and Women’s Demand for Constitutional Rights
Shobna Nijhawan (Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics)
Spaces of Inclusion and Exclusion in Contemporary India
Deepak Mishra (School of Social Sciences, JNU)
Queer Rights in Contemporary India: Juxtaposing 377 and the Transgender Rights Bill
Shraddha Chatterjee, Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies
Discussant: Harshita Yalamarty (Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies)
Chair: Hira Singh (Sociology)
Refreshments will be served. Please send any dietary restrictions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Sociology Annual Lecture |
4:00-6:00pm | Tuesday, 26 February 2019 |
305 Founders College
Renisa Mawani, “Atmospheric Pressures: On Race and Affect”
Abstract: In this paper I place Frantz Fanon’s brief comments on atmosphere in conversation with more recent efforts to theorize affect through the ephemeral, mutable, and material impress of atmosphere. In so doing, I initiate a close reading of Fanon’s essay, “Racism and Culture” alongside his better known and more widely read The Wretched of the Earth. Here, I consider Fanon’s reflections on the psycho-affective traumas of colonialism, racism, and colonial violence through affective registers rather than the more conventional and established psychic ones. In so doing, my objective is not to recuperate an authentic Fanonian voice. Nor is it to dispute the phenomenological and psychoanalytic readings of Fanon that have been so influential in postcolonial studies, critical race theory, and beyond. Rather, my goal is to consider how Fanon’s remarks on atmosphere might be reworked and expanded toward an affective and nonanthropocentric account of race.
Renisa Mawani is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Law and Society Program at the University of British Columbia. Her numerous publications include Colonial Proximities (UBC Press, 2009) and Across Oceans of Law (Duke University Press, 2018).
CFP International Social Inequalities and the Role of the University: Challenges, Confrontations, Conversations | CFP Deadline February 10
CFP International Social Inequalities and the Role of the University: Challenges, Confrontations, Conversations | CFP Deadline February 10
Elena Chou, PhD Candidate email@example.com
Department of Sociology, York University
Intersectional Social Inequities and the Role of the University: Challenges, Confrontations, Conversations
Universities are often touted as the foundation for improving the lives of its surrounding communities: as an avenue for social mobility; as an economic engine; as a base for knowledge production and mobilization; and as a community and cultural hub. At the same time, however, universities as neoliberal capitalist institutions remain elitist and exclusionary, responsible for a variety of social ills. In light of the increasing neoliberalization of the university, what role can universities and academics play in fostering constructive conversations and accountable actions with the broader non-academic communities and audiences within which they are situated? What are the possibilities for the university in working to improve the lives of not only its students as graduates, but also surrounding community members whether local, provincial, national and/or global?
This panel invites papers which explore existing and emerging research projects, studies, and conversations on the ways in which the university re/produces existing intersectional social inequities rooted in the exploitative relationship between the university and the broader communities that the university purportedly serves, but also ways in which these communities can challenge and confront this problematic relationship. Works which examine, but are not limited to, ethnic/racial justice; Indigenous solidarity and reconciliation; settler colonialism/neocolonialism; labour relations and practices; environmental justice and sustainability; im/migration and/or citizenship practices; curricula and pedagogy; health and well-being; rural and/or urban geographies; and social movements with regards to the role of and relationship with the university are all welcome.
Call for papers – Deadline: 10 February 2019.
To submit an abstract, click here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDHqMJwk7QwOHAdZGSlQtZAr84GR6vt0v20dnzTXDuWVUbpw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1
· An abstract should be submitted to a specific Society for Socialist Studies conference sessions. For the list of open sessions see here http://socialiststudies.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/SSS-2019-Open-Sessions.pdf. If declined, it may then be considered for another session or omnibus session by the organizing committee.
·Abstracts should be between 100-200 words (or up to 400 words if both English and French versions are submitted simultaneously)
·Ensure all co-authors (including email and affiliation) are included.
·The general Society for Socialist Studies policy allows participants up to two different paper presentations and up to three presentations including panels and plenary (participation as session chair or discussant does not count in these limits)
·The association must be notified immediately if there are changes to the abstract or if it has been withdrawn from consideration
·Society for Socialist Studies membership is not required in order to submit an abstract however, association membership http://socialiststudies.ca/membership/ as well as congress delegate registration https://www.congress2019.ca/register is mandatory once the paper has been approved for presentation (deadline: April 15, 2019).
· Paper co-authors neither presenting nor attending the Conference are exempt from these policies
Please join us for The City Institute’s Feminist Urban Studies Reading Group in the Winter 2019 Term
Our reading group will be hosted by Assistant Professor Sylvia Bawa & Dr. Elsa Koleth
Discussions will cover:
The politics of conducting feminist research
Conceptual challenges for feminist research
Approaches to decolonizing research
The practice of feminist urban research in the global south
To access the readings, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com by January 30th, 2019.
For more information or accessibility needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to a member of the YSGA.
York researchers launch Syrian refugee archive for scholarly use
An interesting way to create a digital archive...
August 1, 2018
A team of researchers at York University has developed a web-based archive on Syrian refugee settlement. It is the first web archive at York that is publicly accessible and permanently protected within the library system.
The development of Syrian Refugee Settlement 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.
The project, which was funded by a research grant from the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS), also served as a pilot for faculty Scalar training for the creation of similar archives with scholarly use. The research and development team included Faida Abu-Ghazaleh, archive specialist, Centre for Refugee Studies librarian, York University; and Robyn LeLacheur, former student of Canefe.
The digital, open-source scholarly archive is organized into five topics, including: the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Context; Political Debates in Canada; The History of Private Sponsorship and Private-Public Partnership Programs for Resettlement; Drawbacks of Hybrid/Blended Refugee Resettlement Schemes; and Back to the Future. It features an analytically organized display of important policy and legal documents.
Canefe says since the 1980s, humanitarianism, multiculturalism and system-wide adherence to administrative due process in immigration have been officially presented as trademark features of Canada’s immigration policy framework. While this trilogy informs the formally stated direction of the Canadian state in immigration-related matters, since the early 1990s other factors such as economic imperatives and divided public opinion led to a far more selective approach to immigration, prioritizing Canada’s immediate economic and political interests over humanitarian needs of vulnerable populations.
In light of the projected demand to increase annual newcomer intake from 250,000 to over 400,000 by 2030, issues of immigration policy are likely to remain at the forefront of both political and policy-related debates and the Canadian public will have to make some challenging decisions.
“The global trend in the exponential increase of displaced populations and forced migration indeed requires us not just to engage in new ways of thinking regarding resettlement and new technologies for streamlining admissions but also fortification of the political will to address the institutional fragmentation that currently frames refugee acceptance,” said Canefe. “Concerning the Syrian case, the Canadian model of private sponsorship has opened up the possibility of leveraging government resources with significant investments of time and money by private-sector partners and individual citizens.”
This model of “shared economy” platform to support the admission and integration of immigrants and refugees is worthy of critical note. Public and policy debates predating the official endorsement of this model are also of particular importance as they shed light on the conflicting agendas and future directives that currently dominate Canadian administrative and legal discourses.
“In this broader context, this web archive strives to offer a documented commentary on the most recent addition to the Canadian resettlement scheme, the Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) program,”said Canefe.
The BVOR program was introduced in 2013 as a calculated mixture of private sponsorship and government-assisted resettlement and constitutes a modified version of private sponsorship of refugee and immigrant applicants. While the program was met with significant criticism and skepticism indicating that the government was practically offloading its resettlement responsibilities to private sponsors, there is also the counter argument that without the program, the Syrian crisis significantly impacting the Canadian resettlement landscape could not have been addressed, she says.
In this regard, BVOR has to be examined in relation to both private and government resettlement schemes, and in comparison to the historical use of private sponsorship for Indochinese refugees. The documents presented to the reader in this web archive allow for an examination of the background debates that led to the institutionalization of the BVOR program, the challenges BVOR is intended to address, public and political debates concerning the proposed division of public and private responsibility, and the links made between this particular model and the public acceptance of the en masse resettlement of select Syrian refugees in Canada.
“These debates are essential for assessing the direction of Canada’s future resettlement and refugee policies,” said Canefe.
Canefe has spent more than 20 years doing in-depth qualitative research with displaced communities, and teaching human rights in war-torn societies globally. She is also specialized in international criminal and public law, with particular emphasis on crimes against humanity and critical approaches to transitional justice. Canefe joined York University in 2003 and has been a full-time faculty member, regularly teaching in the departments of Political Science, Social and Political Thought, Socio-Legal Studies, Public Policy, Administration and Law at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Community-based Research and Evaluation | Making the Shift | Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
Making the Shift, a partnership between A Way Home Canada and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, is a youth homelessness social innovation laboratory.
Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Gaetz
A Way Home Canada (AWHC) is a national coalition reimagining solutions to youth homelessness through transformations in policy, planning, and practice. The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) is a research institute that conducts and mobilizes research designed to have an impact on solutions to homelessness, located at York University in Toronto, Ontario.
The COH is offering a 1-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship (with possibility of renewal) in communitybased research and evaluation in Making the Shift (MTS), with a specific focus on preventionoriented projects underway in nine cities and engaging with local evaluators and research assistants supporting these projects. With a high level of responsibility, the Post-doctoral Fellow will work with the MTS Directors and Research Team, AWHC, COH Team and Executive Council,
Demonstration Site partners and stakeholders, and people with lived experiences of marginalization and homelessness. This individual will be responsible for the oversight and coordination of major research activities and outputs of the lab, including co-planning and organizing data collection and analysis. Writing manuscripts and applying for independent grants and fellowships will be required.
Additional duties include database management and supervision of research assistants, practicum students, and volunteers. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong quantitative and qualitative research design and analytic skills, as well as an emerging record of scholarship.
• PhD or equivalent in psychology or a related social science research field
• Strong quantitative and qualitative research design and analytic skills
• Experience working with marginalized and vulnerable populations of adolescents and
emerging adults, including youth who experience homelessness
• Experience conducting community-based research and evaluation
• Experience managing staff, students, and volunteers
• Effective organizational and time management skills
• Outstanding writing and interpersonal skills
How to Apply:
Applicants should submit an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, a letter of interest, their top three
publications (published or in press) as well as a plain language writing sample, and up to three
references by email to the Research Director of Making the Shift, Dr. Ashley Ward:
We thank all applicants for their time and interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who are Canadian citizens or those who are permanent residents of Canada. We are committed to Employment Equity and encourage applications from all qualified candidates.
Ongoing until the position is filled
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.
New Media and Publications Section of the Canadian Sociological Association Website!
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
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
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.
Sherry Fox - Executive Administrator / Conference Coordinator
Canadian Sociological Association
Société canadienne de sociologie
Annual Conference: www.csa-scs.ca/conference
Canadian Review of Sociology: www.csa-scs.ca/canadian-review
Happy New Year! Funded by the recent Korean studies grant, York is launching a Korean studies center, and hosting its inaugural conference on Feb. 1.
Please join us for our Inaugural event featuring two panels, a keynote address, and a reception.
TO REGISTER FOR EVENT PLEASE CLICK HERE: https://inauguralkore.eventbrite.ca
Panel 1 | Lunch | Panel 2| Keynote Address | Reception
RSVP Deadline: January 21, 2019
The Graduate Sociology Workshop presents Peter Nyers and Omer Ozcan | January 14, 2019 | 11:30 AM - 2:20 PM | Kaneff Tower 519
The Graduate Sociology Workshop - Presents -
Irregular Citizenship, Immigration, and Deportation
Enforced Disappearance: A Stretched-out Present and Unending Grief
Co-sponsored by the Centre for Refugee Studies, Department of Sociology, Centre for Public Sociology,
Department of Anthropology and Graduate Program in Sociology.
Peter Nyers is a University Scholar and Associate Professor of the Politics of Citizenship and Intercultural Relations in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University.
The talk is based on Nyers’ recent book, which brings deportation and anti-deportation together with the aim of understanding the political subjects that emerge in this contested field of governance and control, freedom and struggle. Rather than focusing on the typical subjects of removal – refugees, the undocumented and irregular migrants – Irregular Citizenship, Immigration and Deportation looks at the ways that citizens get caught up in the deportation apparatus and must struggle to remain in or return to their country of citizenship. The transformation of ‘regular’ citizens into deportable ‘irregular’ citizens involves the removal of the rights, duties, and obligations of citizenship. This includes unmaking citizenship through official revocation or denationalization, as well as through informal, extra-legal, and unofficial means. The book features stories about struggles over removal and return, deportation and repatriation, rescue and abandonment.
Omer Ozcan is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and affiliated with the Department of Sociology and Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.
This talk concerns the practices of waiting that occur when people are placed outside of the protection of the law. I trace life stories of Halit and Eyşan, a displaced elderly Kurdish couple, to discuss how the counterinsurgency practice of enforced disappearance, a distinct exercise of sovereign power, produces a specific form of waiting, which I call enforced waiting. I examine temporal effects of the prolonged armed conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on everyday life in Yuksekova where violence is not always instantaneous or spectacular but often gradual and uneventful. I argue that waiting in Kurdistan is intrinsic to sovereign practices and it is the embodiment of continuous and uneventful violence that suffuses across time and space.
Workshop Poster Jan 14 19 (.pdf)
Women more likely than men to experience workplace harassment: StatsCan study | Pat Armstrong, an expert in long-term care at York University, found the report's data on health care incidents lower than expected
Women more likely than men to experience workplace harassment: StatsCan study
The Canadian Press Published: 18 hours ago
OTTAWA — A new study suggests women are more likely than men to experience workplace harassment, and that it's more common in health-related fields.
The Statistics Canada report, "Harassment in Canadian workplaces," suggests most people don't experience abuse on the job but that a significant number do — including verbal abuse, humiliating behaviour, threats, physical violence, and unwanted sexual attention or sexual harassment.
Among roughly 9,000 respondents, 19 per cent of women and 13 per cent of men said they had been harassed at work.
The findings come from 2016 data from the General Social Survey on Canadians at Work and Home, which asked Canadians between the ages of 15 and 64 about incidents of harassment during the previous 12 months.
Senior researcher Melissa Moyser notes much has changed in society since the poll was conducted, pointing to increased general awareness of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour.
"This is definitely pre-MeToo," said Moyser, based in Ottawa but reached in Gatineau, Que., on Monday.
"We would expect that with the sort of growing awareness of sexual harassment, unwanted sexual attention, etc, the results could look different when we do the next version of this."
Both men and women said clients or customers were the most common source of harassment, including 53 per cent of women and 42 per cent of men.
But Moyser said women appear especially vulnerable to this type of abuse because they work in jobs that tend to have a high degree of public interaction such as health care, social services and the education sector.
Overall, those in the health field — including nurses and doctors — had a 23 per cent probability of reporting harassment, including 27 per cent of women and 21 per cent of men.
In contrast, those in natural and applied sciences — such as engineers and computer and information system professionals — had a 9 per cent probability of reporting harassment.
"A lot of that is exposure, because women are interacting with these customers and clients more frequently," said Moyser. "That is who they are being harassed by, and that's also why we see that women are more likely to be harassed than men."
Researchers also linked workplace harassment to workplace well-being, such as job dissatisfaction and level of motivation. Women who reported harassment were three times more likely to say they were unhappy with their job, at 14 per cent, than those who did not. Similar results were found for men.
But Moyser said not enough is known to determine if harassment was a causal factor in less job satisfaction.
"It could be that workplace harassment occurs in the context of workplaces where there are other sorts of toxic elements. It's just generally a negative situation at work."
Harassment by a supervisor or manager was also associated with more negative effects on workplace well-being than harassment by someone else.
The study also linked workplace harassment to personal well-being, with 18 per cent of men and 16 per cent of women who reported incidents saying they had poor mental health, compared to 6 per cent of men and 8 per cent of women who had not been harassed.
Moyser says the general social survey is being "modernized" with possible future questions including more detail on the race of the worker and the sex of the perpetrator. The survey is usually done on a cycle of five to seven years, but future work-related questions could be integrated into another general social survey before that.
Pat Armstrong, an expert in long-term care at York University, found the report's data on health care incidents lower than expected.
Research she conducted about 10 years ago suggested 43 per cent of personal support workers in Ontario, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia experienced physical violence more or less daily at the hands of residents or family members.
"It can be worse in places like residential care, in part because there's more violence going on in general in long-term care for a whole lot of reasons," said Armstrong, a sociology professor at York University, noting the StatCan study was broader than the scope of her research.
The report's other findings include:
-After clients or customers, the next most common source of harassment for men was their supervisor or manager at 39 per cent. Among women, it was colleagues and peers at 34 per cent;
-13 per cent of women and 10 per cent of men reported having experienced verbal abuse;
-6 per cent of women and 5 per cent of men reported experiencing humiliating behaviour;
-Men and women were equally likely to report having experienced threats in the workplace, at 3 per cent.
-About 4 per cent of women and less than 1 per cent of men reported having experienced sexual harassment or unwanted sexual attention in the workplace;
-About 3 per cent of women reported having experienced physical violence, versus about 1 per cent of men.
—By Cassandra Szklarski in Toronto
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 (email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 15, 2018
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Presented by Sociology Undergraduate Student Association S.U.S.A.
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,”
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
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.
Building Collaborations and Partnerships in the Social Sciences and Humanities
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
• 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
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
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)
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
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
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.
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,
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.
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).
Professor Dennis Raphael's article published in
The Star on Monday, October 8, 2018:
Work & Labour Speaker Series
Between Capital and Labour:
State Regulation of Work
October 17, 2018
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).
For more information, please contact Carlo Fanelli: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
From Solidarity to Exploitation: The Interaction between Kurdish Forced Migrants in Istanbul
For more information, please contact: email@example.com
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
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.
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
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,
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:
Orders Department, NBN International, 10 Thornbury Road, Plymouth PL6 7PP
Phone: +44 (0)1752 202301
Or buy online at: sas.ac.uk/publications
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
020 7862 8753
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
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, email@example.com.
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 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.
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
May 17, 2018 - May 18, 2018
International Institute for the Sociology of Law
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.
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
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)
Noncompliant Bodies: Social Equity and Public Space
Yale School of Architecture
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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Thursday, February 8, 2018
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:
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.
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 email@example.com
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
Unsettling the Commons: Social Movements Within, Against, and Beyond Settler Colonialism
Professor Craig Fortier
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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.
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
305 Founders College
Sponsored by the Graduate Program in Sociology, The City Institute, Founders College and the Department of Anthropology. (.pdf)
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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.
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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.
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
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.
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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, email@example.com.
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
Professor Deborah Davidson and colleagues
November 27, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
44 Gaukel Street
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
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 Nation, 1947-1997 (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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Light refreshments provided.
Environmental Management: Critical Thinking and Emerging Practices
Authors: Professors Peter Mulvihill and Harris Ali
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.
As well, please see the following published recently in the Excalibur.
Unsettling Canada at 150: Memory Discourses in Transnational Contexts
Friday, November 3, 2017
8:30 - 5:30
519 Kaneff Tower
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 email@example.com, or using the form on the conference website https://unsettlingcanada150.wordpress.com/ by Monday, October 30, 2017.
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 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
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
Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:00 - 4:00
George Ignatief Theatre
University of Toronto
15 Devonshire Place
Gender Through the Looking Glass: Whose Perspective? Gender Fluidity in Culture, Literature, and Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Viewpoints (.pdf)
MD Psychoanalyst, Boston
PhD Acclaimed Irish-Canadian Writer/Literary Historian
PhD Associate Professor, Sociology, Toronto
PsyD Clinical Psychologist/Psychoanalysis
MSW Clinical Social Worker/Psychoanalyst
Cultural Politics of Belonging in the Haitian Diaspora
Carlo Handy Charles
MA Candidate, Sociology
October 27, 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
Trump's America and the Plague of Illiberal Democracy
Professor Henry Giroux
Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest
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
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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
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
"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
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
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.
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)
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
International Graduate Student Symposium
October 26-27, 2017
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 with Professor Sheila Cavanagh
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Professor Sheila Cavanagh participates in this roundtable through the Summer Institute of Sexuality Studies. (.pdf)
Wash, Wear and Care: Clothing and Laundry in Long-Term Residential Care
Professor Pat Armstrong and Dr. Suzanne Day
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Pantages Hotel, Drama Room 7
200 Victoria Street
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.
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/.
Marx's Capital After 150 Years: Critique and Alternatives to Capitalism
Professor Marcello Musto, Conference Organizer
May 24, 2017 - May 26, 2017
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)
Hate Trolls and Freedom of Expression Online: What To Do?
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
12:00 - 1:30
103 Rogers Communication Centre
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)
The Anthem Companion to Hannah Arendt
with co-editor Philip Walsh
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
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)
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)
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.
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
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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)
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).
LINSEY MCGOEY (University of Essex)
THE ELUSIVE RENTIER RICH: Piketty’s Data Battles and the Power of Absent Evidence
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2016
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
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Sociology Common Room
2101 Vari Hall
Graduate 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".
"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)
Centre for Refugee Studies Seminar Series
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
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
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
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
November 3-4, 2016
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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".
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
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
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.
Analyzing Talk in the Social Sciences. Narrative, Conversation and Discourse Strategies
Professors Kathy Bischoping and Amber Gazso
April 26, 2016
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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