Speaker Events

York University will host a ceremony to recognize the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 3, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
First Floor Café of the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence

The ceremony commemorates the lives of 14 young women who died at École Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989. They were killed because they were women in an engineering school.

The ceremony takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the First Floor Café of the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence. A light lunch will be provided.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, this day represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women, Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQ2+, people with disabilities and others who are marginalized in society.

This pan-university ceremony is a collaborative initiative between President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton; the Lassonde School of Engineering; the Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion; the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education; and the Community Safety Department.

21st Century Socialism: Reform or Revolution?
A Talk by Professor Murray Smith, Professor of Sociology, Brock University
November 30, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Ross Building, N120
Refreshments will be served

The expert in Marxist political economy and social theory, Professor Smith is an author of many books, including Invisible Leviathan: Marx's Law of Value in the Twilight of Capitalism (2018).  Marxist Phoenix: Studies in Historical Materialism and Marxist Socialism (2014) and Global Capitalism in Crisis: Karl Marx and the Decay of the Profit System (2010).  He has also written numerous articles in academic journals such as the Canadian Journal of Sociology, Science & Society, Historical Materialism, Rethinking Marxism and Labour/Le Travail.

Poster Smith-30.11.18 (.pdf)

The talk is supported by The Critical Geography Reading Group (CGRG)

Contacts: criticalgeographyreading@gmail.com or rajudas@yorku.ca

Jews from Islamic Lands:
Narratives of Expulsion, Memory and Identity
November 22, 2018
11:00 AM | 280 York Lanes

Sephardi Voices is an audio-visual history project to document and preserve the testimonies of Sephardi/Mizrahi Jews from Islamic lands now living in a transnational Diaspora and Israel.  The project explores the meaning of home and otherness in the context of expulsion, migration and resettlement. The presentation portrays through a few audio-visual narratives from the Sephardi Voices Archives the interface of memory and identity through the experience of several Sephardi displaced that range from the Atlantic Ocean (Morocco) to the Tigris-Euphrates Rivers (Iraq) to illustrate the potential of the archive for scholarly research and to foster educational outcomes including rewriting curricula to rework the Zionist and Israeli metanarrative.

The final part of the presentation will highlight the Iraqi Jewish Archive that is under threat to be returned to Iraq. A short video reveals how Sephardi Voices uses testimonies and historical artifacts to advocate for the protection of cultural heritage and encourages the plight of the Sephardi to be recognized like other populations in terms of human rights.

Presenter: Dr. Henry Green, Professor Religious Studies, is the former Director of Judaic and Sephardic Studies at the University of Miami. He is the Founding Director of MOSAIC: the Jewish Museum of Florida and of Sephardi Voices, an international audio-visual project to document the testimonies/life-stories of Sephardi/Mizrahi/Babylonian/Persia Jews who migrated voluntarily or were displaced from North Africa and the Middle East post-WWII. He has given testimony to the USA Congressional Human Rights Caucus and to Canadian Parliamentary Committees. Dr. Green was involved in the Knesset (Israeli) legislation that established an annual memorial day in 2015 ---Yom Plitim--- for Refugees from Islamic Countries.
RSVP to cjs@yorku.ca

CRS Seminar Series "The Whole System has Become More Punitive" Refugee Protection in Canada
November 22, 2018
2:30 - 4:00 PM
519 Kaneff Tower

Guest speaker: Idil Atak, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Ryerson University

Over the past decade, Canada’s refugee protection system has been the subject of important changes. The previous Conservative Government (2002-2015) made regulatory changes and adopted legislations amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) (S.C. 2001, c. 27). The Balanced Refugee Reform Act (Bill C-11, 2010) and the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act (Bill C-31, 2012) have introduced a number of measures in Canada’s refugee status determination system which include: the “designated country of origin” criteria, “designated irregular arrivals”, new procedural framework, such as expedited refugee claim hearings and restrictions to legal recourses. Based on the results of a research project that involved interviews with over 60 participants in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, this presentation explores some of the practical and human rights implications associated with these measures. It is argued that the new measures have resulted in violations of asylum seekers’ human rights. They have had a detrimental impact on third parties involved in the refugee protection system, such as legal counsels and service providers. In addition, these measures are likely to increase irregular migration in Canada. The presentation highlights the urgent need for policy changes.

Idil Atak is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Criminology of Ryerson University. She is Editor-in-Chief of International Journal for Migration and Border Studies and a member of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration’s (IASFM) Executive Committee.

For more information: http://crs.info.yorku.ca/calendar

Three Critical Feminist Takes on #METOO
November 22, 2018
12:30 - 2:00 PM | Room 4034 Osgoode Hall Law School
York University

Join the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies as three feminist legal scholars critically think through the ways in which feminists and others are rallying under the banner of #metoo


Lunch served. Please RSVP bit.ly/3CritFem

Link to online information for sharing, poster: https://ifls.osgoode.yorku.ca/3critfeministtakes/


Human Rights in Practice Protecting children in conflict and post-conflict situations
November 21, 2018 | 12:30-2:00 PM
IKB 1003 Osgoode Hall Law School

Direct from Nigeria, York alumna Pernille Ironside (JD ’99) will be in Toronto to receive the Tentanda Via 2018 Bryden Alumni Award. During her visit, we invite you to learn how her York U de­gree coupled with her interest in social justice and human rights led her to work in conflict zones around the world, protecting children and women. Ironside has been working for the United Nations for the past 16 years protecting children and delivering humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable. She currently serves as UNICEF’s Deputy Representative in Nigeria.
Attendance is free but registration is required. Light refreshments provided.
Please RSVP at alumniandfriends.yorku.ca/event/pernilleironside

In partnership with the Office of Alumni Engagement

York-Waterloo Early Career Professional Training Workshop in Urban Studies
November 15-16, 2018
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Founders College Senior Common Room (FC 305)
York University, Keele Campus
Please RSVP by November 5 on Eventbrite

Please join us for our annual workshop on addressing the unique challenges that early career scholars (Ph.D. students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty members) face in transitioning from specialized and individual research programs to academic and non- academic employment. This workshop is a joint enterprise between the City Institute at York University (Professor Linda Peake, City Institute Director and Professor, Social Sciences) and the University of Waterloo (Professor Markus Moos, Associate Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor, School of Planning).

Panels Include:
-  Mental Health and Work Life Balance
-  Grant Applications
-  Teaching/Course Development
-  Social Media and Networking
-  Publishing, Copyright and Open Access
-  CVs and Job Applications
-  Provocations From the Margins: Navigating Difference in the Academy
-  Jobs Outside the Academy

Lunch Talk Series | McLaughlin College
Welcome Refugees? Exploring Resettlement Conditions for Recently Arrived Refugees in Canada
Presented by Michaela Hynie
November 13, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Sr. Common Room | 140 McLaughlin College
Light Refreshments | Everyone Welcome

For more information: http://mclaughlin.laps.yorku.ca/2018/11/welcome-refugees-exploring-resettlement-conditions-for-recently-arrived-refugees-in-canada/

Industry - Academia - Government Supported Research & Development
November 13, 2018
8:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Convention Centre, Second Student Centre
York University
Please Register: Eventbrite

An excellent opportunity for our researchers (and students) to find out about government funding opportunities and meet with companies to discuss research interests.

You are invited - Connect with University and College Researchers, Industry, and Government Funders.  With special panel - Seneca College, Sheridan College, York University Discussing Full Spectrum Research & Development Support for Industry.

Learn how you can develop technologies, solve technical & business problems, and move research and development programs forward.

Come join us!!  And please pass this invitation along to your friends and colleagues.

Dr. Filiberto Penados "Decolonizing Development and Imagining Indigenous Futures"
in Conversation with Dr. Ken Little
November 13, 2018
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
S701 Ross Building, York University
Free and Open to the Public

Co-Sponsors: The Health & Society Program, International Development Studies Program, Department of Anthropology and CERLAC

Poster (.pdf)

The City Seminar Cities and Infrastructure
A One-Day Workshop
An interdisciplinary series of presentations and discussions on urban landscapes, past and present
November 8, 2018
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
305 York Lanes
Everyone is welcome

This one day workshop will think through the different ways in which infrastructure comes to be present in cities, the nature of its relationship with urbanization and how this might involve, perhaps even necessitate, a rethinking of the concept itself. It will bring together colleagues from across the universities of Toronto to compare and exchange conceptual, empirical and methodological insights on the past, present or future work on infrastructure.
Themes include, but are not limited to: incremental infrastructures, informational infrastructures, infrastructure as visioning and worlding strategy, infrastructural citizenship, infrastructural finance, infrastructure and global urbanisms/global sub-urbanisms, infrastructure and statecraft, and infrastructure and sustainable urbanism.

Ranu Basu (York University), Deborah Cowen (University of Toronto), Theresa Enright (University of Toronto), Roger Keil (York University), Matti Siemiatycki (University of Toronto), Linda Peake (York University), David Roberts (University of Toronto) and Kevin Ward (University of Manchester)

City Seminar Poster November 8 (.pdf)

Brexit, Free Movement and the Changing Labour Market
Alice Welsh
November 6, 2018
11:00-11:50 AM | York Hall B213 | Glendon Campus

Alice Welsh is a PhD student at York Law School, University of York (UK) working on the rights of EU nationals in the UK as part of a wider White Rose research network on EU Citizenship and free movement with the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield.

Panel on Immigration Detention
University of Ottawa
November 6, 2018
1:00 PM -  2:30 PM
Faculty of Social Science Building, Room 4006
120 University Private, Ottawa
Open to the Public

Join us for a panel discussion on the current state of immigration detention which will examine systems in Canada and the United States and the broader ripple effects of immigration detention as well as the implications of the upcoming Supreme Court of Canada case of Tusif Ur Rehman Chhina. Each panelist will provide a short presentation, followed by a Q&A in English and French.

Stéphanie Silverman
Jamie Chai Yun Liew
Delphine Nakache
Emily Regan Wills
Moderator: Nathan Benson


A Public Lecture by ARFL
Association of Retired Faculty and Librarians of York University
Migration in an Age of Reconciliation
Amar Bhatia, Osgoode Hall Law School
November 2, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Renaissance Room Vanier College, Room 001

Amar Bhatia joined Osgoode’s full-time faculty on July 1, 2014 after serving as a Catalyst Fellow and Visiting Professor at Osgoode for the 2013-14 academic year. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and postcolonial literature (Queen’s; Sussex) and received an LLB from Osgoode in 2005.

He articled and worked in union-side labour and employment law in Toronto before returning to graduate school. He subsequently obtained an LLM from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he received the Howland Prize for most outstanding performance in the program. He was awarded a SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship to pursue his SJD at U of T, and is currently in the final stage of his candidacy. His dissertation looks at issues of status and authority of migrant workers and Indigenous peoples under Canadian immigration law, Aboriginal law, treaty relations, and Indigenous legal traditions.

Webinar Climate Change, Migration and Humanitarian Needs
1 November 2018
12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

Presenter: Linn Biorklund Belliveau, Research Consultant at Médecins Sans Frontières and Affiliate at the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University

Discussant: Prativa Baral, Research Fellow, Global Strategy Lab and member of the CCGHR Working Group on the Health Impacts of Climate Change

How to join

With your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://yorku.zoom.us/j/936963669

By phone (for higher quality, dial a local number): Canada +1 647 558 0588

US: +1 646 876 9923, +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968

UK: +44 (0) 20 3695 0088

More international numbers available

Meeting ID: 936 963 669

Linn Biorklund Belliveau is a researcher and advisor, presently at Médecins Sans Frontières, and an affiliate at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. Her specific areas of knowledge include forced migration, transnational networks, and climate politics. Linn has extensive experience with non-governmental organizations and the United Nations in the fields of humanitarianism and human rights. She has worked in a wide range of countries in East Africa, Middle East and Latin America. Currently, she leads efforts aimed at feeding strategic decision making for field operations in climate hotspots, exposing inadequacies of the global migration system and toward improving protection and assistance mechanisms for displaced populations. Linn has a Political Science degree from Stockholm University and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

CFR Meet N Greet + Grad Caucus Meeting
November 1, 2018
2:30 - 5:00 PM
626 KT
Please RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca (RSVPs for catering purposes only)

1) You are invited to the Centre for Feminist Research (CFR) meet n greet!

2:30 - 4 PM
Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible space, gender-neutral & gender-segregated washrooms. Light refreshments provided. Please advise of allergies/dietary needs with RSVP. Kaneff is not a scent-free environment.
FREE event. All are welcome.

Join us for light refreshments, meet feminist faculty, students and community members across York University, and learn about upcoming events, projects and activities - or suggest your own!

2) The meet n greet will be followed by the CFR Graduate Caucus meeting

4 - 5 PM
CFR Graduate Associates are invited to attend for the first 2018-19 meeting of the CFR Graduate Caucus, a space for graduate students to meet each other and brainstorm, collaborate, and propose events, research projects, and activities they want to spearhead through the CFR.

Please RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca. (RSVPs for attendance numbers only)

This is the one I love
October 25, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Stong Master's Dining Room
Stong 101

Clint Burnham will discuss the Cree mirror wawiyatacimowin - little story - asking, is
the mirror a disruptive technology or does it bring out the unconscious of the Cree?

Clint Burnham was born in Comox, British Columbia, which is on the traditional territory of the K'ómoks (Sathloot) First Nation, centred historically on kwaniwsam. He teaches in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University, where he is Chair of the Graduate Program.

The Centre for Sexual Violence Response
Support & Education
October 24, 2018
11 AM - 1 PM
Suite 301, York Lanes

Debbie Hansen, Executive Director, Community Support & Services,
Joanie Cameron Pritchett, Manager, along with the entire team,
cordially invite all members of the University community to an Open House.

You’ll meet the team responsible for providing support and services,
tour the centre and learn more about support networks, the Sexual Violence Policy
and current initiatives such as training and education.

Light refreshments will be served. RSVP not required.

The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education coordinates
supports and resources for all members of the community that have experienced
sexual violence, receives disclosures and complaints, facilitates safety planning and
assists survivors through the complaint process.


CRS Seminar Series
The Tragedy of Europe: How Integration
and Open Borders cause Migration Crises
October 16, 2018
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
519 Kaneff Tower
With guest speaker:  Craig Damian Smith

European attempts to control irregular migration demonstrably cause a range of negative security outcomes in peripheral transit states, including insecurity for migrants, more transnational crime, entrenched authoritarian governments and the erosion of international protection norms. While attention has focused on Europe’s post-2015 migration policies, this paper argues Europe is caught in a decades-long process akin to a classical security dilemma: in pursuing the positive gains of deep integration, Europe necessarily fosters insecurity around its peripheries.

Craig Damian Smith is the Associate Director of the Global Migration Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and an Affiliated Researcher at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.