Speaker Events

Who Am I? Who Are We? Family, History and Immigrant Identities | The Coptic Canadian History Project's 3rd Annual Conference | George Spragge Classroom | Archive of Ontario | 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd. | Saturday May 4, 2019 | Refreshments

Sponsored by the Avie Bennett Historica Chair in Canadian History, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies and the Archives of Ontario

Speakers include noted academics from across the province whose work engages with new approaches to Immigration and Ethnicity in North America. Registration is free and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required to attend.

Third Annual CCHP Conference

 

The York University Geography Alumni Network Lecture
Killing the Border Life/La Vida Fronteriza: Trump's Wall
Professor Melissa W. Wright, Pennsylvania State University
Thursday, March 14th, 2019, 5:30pm-7pm | Kaneff Tower, Room 519

The looming of Donald Trump’s plan to build a “big” and “beautiful” border wall represents an alarming threat for social and environmental well-being across the Mexico-US borderlands.  In this talk, Melissa W. Wright will discuss how the border wall, and its surrounding debates, raise multiple issues central to political ecological and human geographic scholarship into governance across the borderlands. Her particular focus is a comparison of the different kinds of "border thinking" that frame these debates and that provide synergy for those coalitions fighting to protect the ecological and social well-being of this endangered landscape.

Melissa W. Wright is Professor and Department Head of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Professor of Geography at Pennsylvania State University. Her research investigates the rapidly changing situations in northern Mexico along its border with the United States focusing on issues of governance, state terror, and social movements.

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 ycar@yorku.ca.

SUNDAY MARCH 3, 2019 | 2PM
Tribute Communities Recital Hall,
Accolades East Building
York University
Concert followed by reception

TTC line 1 to York University Station

Validated parking at the Student Services Parking Garage

REGISTER at cjs@yorku.ca

The Israel and Golda Koschitzky
Centre for Jewish Studies and
the Centre for Refugee Studies present
CENTRE FOR REFUGEE STUDIES

Music by
Leo Smit, Geza Frid,
Daniel Belinfante,
Dick Katenburg and
Henriette Bosmans

MUSIC IN
THE TIME OF
Free and Open to the Public
cjs.yorku.ca
Piano works presented and performed
by DEBORAH NEMKO

Do you want to be part of efforts to promote rights for refugees? Want to participate in in-depth discussions on pressing issues affecting refugees and immigrants in Canada? Looking for an opportunity to share information and strategies with others from across Canada?
Participate in the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Working Group meetings in Toronto, 1 and 2 March 2019.

Anyone interested is welcome to participate, especially CCR members; however meetings are closed to media and government employees.
There is no cost to participate and there is no need to register in advance.
FRIDAY 1 March 2018: Salvation Army, 160 Jarvis St., Toronto
9:30am - 5pm: Inland Protection Working Group meeting
SATURDAY 2 March 2018: Salvation Army, 160 Jarvis St., Toronto
9:30am – 4:30pm: Overseas Protection & Resettlement Working Group meeting
9:30am – 4:30pm: Immigration and Settlement Working Group meeting
Not able to come to Toronto for the Working Group meetings? Here’s how to connect:
The CCR will be holding a virtual meeting for CCR members in English on Tuesday 26 February at 1:30 pm Eastern, for those unable to participate in the CCR Working Group meetings in person. The virtual meeting will be an opportunity to:
· Hear recent updates on priority issues
· Give input on matters on the agenda of the working group meetings
· Suggest workshop themes at the upcoming Spring Consultation in Victoria
· Raise current issues of concern (for possible follow up by the Working Groups)
CCR members can click here to register for the English-language virtual meeting. You must be logged in to your account on the CCR website to access this page.
Il y aura une rencontre virtuelle en français le mardi 26 février à 15h (Heure de l’Est).
On the agenda
Proposed agendas for the meetings will be available on the Working Group webpages for logged-in CCR members and will also be sent by email to the CCRLIST. Handouts will also be available with background information on the Working Group webpages shortly before the meetings.
And there’s more if you are concerned about human trafficking issues:
Access to Justice for Trafficked Persons Legal Case Study Hack, Toronto, 28 February 2019
This in-person networking and training meeting will be an opportunity for immigration and refugee lawyers to collaborate with front-line service providers. Using a participatory and case study approach, the group will learn and share knowledge of recourses, challenges and best practices in addressing the legal needs of exploited and trafficked persons.
For more information about location and time soon available at ccrweb.ca/en/meetings

Graduate Student Conference | Biopolitics: In Many Ways | Saturday, February 16 | 10:30AM – 6:00PM | Rogers Communications Centre  | Ryerson University (RCC-230)

On Saturday, February 16, Technē: WLU Biopolitical Research Group is jointly hosting an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on biopolitics (Ryerson University).

The conference program and information can be found here:
https://biopolitics2019.wordpress.com/program/

We have a great line up papers and the event is open to anyone who is interested in learning about biopolitics.

JOINTLY HOSTED BY:
• Technē: Wilfrid Laurier University Biopolitical Research Group
• Cultural Analysis and Social Theory MA Program, Wilfrid Laurier University
• Joint Graduate Program Communication & Culture, Ryerson and York University
• Communications Program, York University, Glendon Campus

Hennick Centre for Business and Law
Institute for Feminist Legal Studies
CARLOS A. BALL | The QUEERING of the AMERICAN CORPORATION
February 14© 2019 | 1230-2PM | IKB 2027
Lunch Served
RSVP Please: https://webform.osgoode.yorku.ca/view.php?id=373359

Carlos A. Ball is Distinguished Professor of Law and Judge Frederick Lacey Research Scholar at Rutgers University. He has published several book on LGBT rights, including The First Amendment and LGBT Equality (Harvard University Press, 2017), After Marriage Equality (NYU Press, 2016), and Same-Sex Marriage and Children (Oxford University Press, 2014). He is currently serving as Senior Editor of Oxford University Press's LGBT Politics and Policy Research Encyclopedia. He teaches courses on Constitutional Law, the First Amendment, and Sexuality, Gender Identity, and the Law.

In this Hennick/IFLS co sponsored talk, Professor Ball will outline his arguments, to be published as "The Queering of Corporate America: How Big Business Went from LGBT Adversary to Ally" (Beacon Press, forthcoming 2019), and answer questions about his arguments and their implications. He will explore the largely untold story of how the U.S. LGBT rights movement, in the decades following Stonewall, helped to turn large American companies from pervasive discriminators against sexual minorities and transgender individuals to defenders of LGBT equality.  Big businesses are essentially conservative institutions that do not usually weigh in on controversial “culture war” issues. His talk will argue that corporate support for LGBT equality—as manifested, for example, recently in corporate America’s vehement opposition to so-called transgender bathroom laws—is an exception to that general rule. At a time when the LGBT rights movement in the U.S. is facing considerable political backlash following crucial victories such as the attainment of marriage equality across the country, corporate America has become a crucial ally of LGBT people.

Link for sharing: https://ifls.osgoode.yorku.ca/qthecorpcarlosball/

Questions? LGonsalves@osgoode.yorku.ca

Conférence Tubman
LE JEUDI 14 FÉVRIER 2019 À 15H
SALLE YORK HALL A301
L’institut Harriet Tubman pour la recherche sur l’Afrique et ses Diasporas présente :
Le racisme et la réitération de la déshumanisation esclavagiste dans le système de santé canadien : Une question d’éthique féministe appliquée

Conférencière: Dre Agnès Berthelot-Raffard
Chercheuse et professeure études féministes et de genre, Agnès Berthelot-Raffard est docteure en philosophie poli­tique et éthique sociale de l’université Panthéon-Sorbonne et de l’Université de Montréal. Ses recherches s’inscrivent dans les champs de la philosophie féministe, de la philosophie Africana et des études philosophiques sur la race.
Une réception au Musée canadien des langues
suivra l’événement.
La Conférence Tubman 2019 est possible grâce au soutien des partenaires de l’Institut Tubman :
L’École d’Études des femmes, du genre et de la sexualité de l’Université York
Le Centre de recherche sur le contact des langues et des cultures
Le Centre Robarts pour les études canadiennes
Le Collège universitaire Glendon

"Racism and the reiteration of slave-like dehumanisation in the Canadian health care
system: A question of applied feminist ethics".  While the talk will be in French,

Dr. Berthelot-Rafford, who is bilingual, can respond to questions
in English.  She is currently affiliated with the Tubman Insitute,
321 York Lands.

Jane Turrittin, Co-ordinator, Centre for Equity in Health and Society (CEHS)

BINBWoC (Bin-Bee-Woc) Graduate Student CollectiveBINBWoC is the Black, Indigenous, Non Binary, Women of Colour Graduate Student | Join us for a drop-in lunch on February 12, 2019 | 11-2pm at Kaneff Tower (749)

Our goal is two fold:
(1) to foster a university space in which students can network and support each other when dealing with racist and sexist institutional structures.
(2) To collaborate on various workshops that focus on developing soft skills that will prepare grad students for present and future work in academia and beyond (Alt-Ac, government, etc.).
Get to know fellow BINBWoC grad students and learn about some of the events we’ll be planning, including a workshop series, “Shit no one tells you: Surviving grad school.” If you have any ideas you’d like to see us do, the drop-in lunch would be a great place to share your ideas!
All BIWoC grad students are welcome!  
Please RSVP by completing the following Google Form:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJvGLPaNYuR9-ik9FVA7icMxflv5YUVt2wYYKdu_jgTzGY-g/viewform?usp=sf_link

The Emergence of a New Wave of Feminism? Gangnam Femicide, Misogyny, and Feminist Movements in South Korea
Thursday, 7 February 2019 | 2:30pm to 5:30pm | Room 802, South Ross Building, Keele Campus

“I did it because women have always ignored me.”

This quote by a man who brutally murdered a woman in her twenties in the middle of Seoul’s busy Gangnam neighborhood on 17 May 2016 has triggered furious responses by Korean young women. Against the official announce by the Police indicating the incident as a random murder, Korean young women calling it “femicide based on misogyny” started a SNS hashtag movement #survived.

In this talk, Professor LEE analyzes women’s collective reaction to the misogynous killing in South Korea, highlighting the significance of women’s passionate aspiration. As examining the issues surrounding the “the Exit no. 10 of Gangnam Station,” she analyzes socio-political backgrounds and meanings of the seemingly unexpected emergence of women’s visible resistance and mourning fervor to be followed by diverse activism including the Pro-choice movement to decriminalize abortion, the #MeToo movement, the Anti-spy camera movement, the Escaping corset movement and so on.

As reading the incident as a symbolic signifier, she argues that the phenomenon of “the Exit no. 10 of Gangnam Station” is not a sign of simple gender conflict but should be understood as a new wave of Korean feminism to share some similarities with the Second Wave Women’s Movement in the U.S. Utilizing online technology, Korean women are not only to challenge gender discrimination in general, but also to deconstruct the socio-cultural perceptions and practice concerning women’s sexuality

Na-Young LEE is Professor in the Department of Sociology at Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea. She has published many books and articles in Korean, in English and in Japanese, covering the subjects of Japanese military ‘comfort women,’ U.S. military bases, prostitution, gendered space, women’s oral history, and migration. In addition, as involving in activist fields of Japanese military sexual slavery, anti-prostitution movement, and anti-US military prostitution movement, she has served on the boards of various academic professional associations for Women’s Studies, Sociology, Oral History, Media Studies, and Cultural Studies in Korea. Her international publication include “Un/forgettable Histories of US Camptown Prostitution in South Korea: Women’s Experiences of Sexual labor and Government Policies” (2017); Women’s Activism and “Second Wave” Feminism (co-author) (2017); “Korean Men’s Pornography Use, Their Interest in Extreme Pornography, and Dyadic Sexual Relationships” (co-author) (2015), among others. Her major research areas are feminist theories, sexuality, post/colonialism and gendered nationalism, trans/national women’s movements, militarism and gender, Japanese military sexual slavery system, prostitution and feminist policy, and feminist oral history.

This talk is organized by Laam Hae (Politics) and Hong Kal (Visual Art and Art History) and presented as part of the Korea in the World, the World in Korean Studies project funded by the Academy of Korean Studies. It is co-presented by the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) and Hope 21.

Please send inquiries to kore@yorku.ca

Urbanized Interface: The Power of Artistic and Creative Practices Transforming Cities in Mainland China |  February 7, 2019 | 4:00 PM | Room 005, Accolade West Building, Keele Campus, York University

The dynamic interrelations between visual arts and urbanization in contemporary Mainland China have transformed the position and the potential for innovative artistic and creative practices in the production of alternative meanings in and of the city. Initiated by various stakeholders, artistic and creative practices not only raise critical awareness on socio-political issues of Chinese urbanization, but also actively reshape the urban living spaces. This kind of formation of new collaborations, agencies, aesthetics and cultural production sites opens up new possibilities also for foreign artists and practitioners to facilitate diverse forms of cultural activism as they challenge the dominant ways of interpreting social changes. Through a conceptual lens of translocal site-responsiveness, the aim is to deconstruct local/global dichotomies and to contribute to a more rounded understanding of visual arts in China. The analysis of selected examples reveals the interdependence between the varied forms of agency, manifestations, and site/place/space and contextualizes these negotiation processes in both local and global discourses. I posit that urban creativity, whether created by foreigners, locals, or in collaboration, can provide a meaningful engagement with urban environments.

Minna Valjakka is Adjunct Professor in Art History and Asian Studies at the University of Helsinki and Senior

Research Fellow in the Asian Urbanisms Cluster at the Asia Research Institute (NUS). She received her PhD in Art History (2011) and MA in East Asian Studies (2005) from the University of Helsinki. In her postdoctoral research, Dr Valjakka has geographically expanded her expertise into artistic and creative practices in urban public space in East and Southeast Asian cities. Through an interdisciplinary approach bridging together Art Studies and Urban Studies, she examines urban creativity as a response to the distinctive trajectories of geopolitical circumstances, developments in arts and cultural policies, and translocal mediations. Her recent publications include a co-edited book Visual Arts, Representations and Interventions in Contemporary China: Urbanized Interface (with Meiqin Wang). Besides her academic work, Dr Valjakka collaborates with museums by curating and counselling exhibitions and contributing to exhibition catalogues.
This event is organized by Hong Kal (Visual Arts and Art History) and presented as part of the Korea in the World, the World in Korean Studies project at York University.

The Centre for Feminist Research, Sexuality Studies, and the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies present:
Trans Necrointimacies:
Race and the Chalky Affects of Memorialization
Talk by CFR Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies Dr. Nael Bhanji
Introduced by Sexuality Studies Coordinator Bobby Noble
Date: February 5th, 2019
Time: 12-2pm
Location: 280A York Lanes, York University
Accessibility: Accessible space. Wheelchair-accessible and gender-neutral bathroom nearby.
Light refreshments provided. Everyone welcome. RSVP with dietary needs to juliapyr@yorku.ca
Link to Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/581982522272955/

What sorts of affective worldings emerge from the spectacularization and consumption of ‘ordinary’ racialized death?  How can we read projects of memorialization as intimately entwined with the mobilization of national subjects within broader mechanisms of hypervigilance and surveillance against people of colour? What connections can we make between practices of trans memoralization, state-securitization, and counter-terrorism? Tracing the connections between necropolitical intimacy, spectacularized violence, and ‘bare life’ in the circulation of affective belonging, this talk explores the centrality of “necrointimacies” in structuring whiteness as emblematic of contemporary life.

Dr. Nael Bhanji is the 2018-2019 Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies at the Centre for Feminist Research at York University and a lecturer at Carleton University.  Drawing upon critical race theory, trans studies, psychoanalysis, and affect theory, his research explores articulations of necropolitics, racialization, surveillance,  and counter-terrorism within an increasingly globalized trans movement. Nael's work appears in Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition,  The Transgender Studies Reader 2, Trans Studies Quarterly 4.1, Canadian Ethnic Studies, and The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities.  He is presently working on his monograph entitled “Trans Necrointimacies: Race and the Chalky Affects of Trans Memorialization.”

Centre For Feminist Research
Kaneff Tower
York University
Phone: 416-736-5915
cfr@yorku.ca

As Part of Refugee Awareness Week 2019
The Centre for Refugee Studies, its Syria Response and Refugee Initiative and Amnesty International at York present:
Refugees 101 and Advocacy Training
February 1, 2019
York University Senate Chamber
North Ross Building, Room N940
2:30-4:30pm

Please RSVP to: https://goo.gl/forms/x0au6GIsxkqa7rTr2
*** Students from other universities, colleges and community guests are welcome.***

Speakers:

Francisco Rico Martinez
Co-Director of the FCJ Refugee Centre, Toronto

Justin Mohammed,
Human Rights Law and Policy Campaigner
Amnesty International Canada

John Carlaw,
Project Lead, Syria Response and Refugee Initiative
Graduate Research Fellow
York University Centre for Refugee Studies

Cassandra DeFreitas
President
Amnesty International at York

Event Moderator:

Humaima Ashfaque
Amnesty International at York
Refugee Sponsorship Program Coordinator, WUSC Keele Campus Committee
Project Ambassador, Syria Response and Refugee Initiative, Centre for Refugee Studies
York University
This session will help students and attendees learn about key public policy issues and obstacles to the promotion and protection of refugees’ human rights in Canada and opportunities to work for better public policies to address them.

After a welcome from Amnesty at York President Cassandra DeFreitas, Francisco Rico Martinez will share some of his personal and organizational experiences, having come to Canada himself as a refugee from El Salvador and becoming a leading voice and activist for the rights of migrants and refugees in Canada, including as the first refugee to hold the position of President of the Canadian Council for Refugees.

Justin Mohammed will discuss some of Amnesty Canada and International’s current refugee-related campaigns and efforts, as well as ways students can get involved in and support them.

John Carlaw will deliver a talk entitled “Refugees 101” for policy-making and advocacy purposes, placing refugee policy in Canadian and global context.

Following the guest speakers students will be given the opportunity to join several “hands-on” advocacy efforts.

**** Up to the minute updates on Refugee Awareness Week 2019 from participating groups are available at  https://www.facebook.com/events/1170148009803725/ ****

CRS Seminar: Subalterity in Education within the Context of Displacement: From Ideology to Practice @ 280N York Lanes | Jan 31 @ 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM |With guest speaker: Ranu Basu, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, York University

Glendon Global Debates
Smart Cities: Help or Hindrance for Governance?
January 31, 2019 | 7pm |A100 Glendon Campus

Please join us for The Glendon School of Public and International Affairs’ Glendon Global Debates
Sponsored by Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, The City Institute at York University and Glendon

Debate Panelists:
Teresa Abbruzzese (City Institute member, Assistant Professor in Urban Studies Program, York University)
Maxime Johnson (Independent journalist)
Alex Haagaard (Director of Communications, The Disabled List)
Michael Kolm (Chief Transformation Office, City of Toronto)
Nehal El-Hadi (City Institute member & Sci+Tech Editor, The Conversation Canada)

Moderated by:
Jane Farrow (City Institute member, Consultant for Public Engagement)

**For those travelling from York Campus, there will be a cohort of City Institute members leaving from Keele Campus at 4:30pm. This group will meet at the Glendon bus stop (located immediately in front of Vari Hall). Please note that the estimated travel time to Glendon is 45 minutes. There is also an additional 5:45pm travel time for those who wish to arrive closer to the 7pm start time.

Writing Feedback Workshop: Writing on Cities, Culture and Urban Spaces
Friday, 8 February 2019 | 1 to 3pm | Room 857, Eighth Floor, Kaneff Tower | York University
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP with any food sensitivities/allergies by 31 January 2019: https://goo.gl/forms/OM04p2dUnKXY2Fu12

The Emerging Asian Urbanisms at the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) is hosting a writing and feedback workshop of particular interest to multi-disciplinary graduate students.

The workshop will focus on exchanging pieces of writing internally and offering peer feedback.

Writing can be a very isolating experience. By participating in the workshop, we hope to make available interaction, discussion, thinking concepts through people, positive and constructive feedback, and also the synergy that small group discussion can offer.

It is not necessary for your work to be focused on a Global South city, or an Asian city. Works that make thematic links to the concepts and urban theories being explored in the series are welcomed. For example, thematic concepts can explore culture in cities, cityness, hybridity, worlding, informality, ordinary cities, to name a few. Writing pieces can be diverse: Course
papers, publication drafts for journals, chapter from your thesis/dissertation, book reviews, blog pieces, discussion/reflection papers. Drafts and incomplete works are welcome.

The workshop will be useful for researchers in Anthropology, Geography, Urban Planning, Environmental Studies, Politics, Social Science, Social and Political Thought, Sociology and other programmes who are involved in some aspects of cities, urban spaces, and the representation of culture.

This event is organized by the Emerging Asian Urbanisms team at YCAR.

ABOUT: The Emerging Asian Urbanisms series at the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) explores the diverse processes and practices of urbanism and urbanization in Asia. It draws upon calls made by Ananya Roy and Jennifer Robinson, among others, to investigate “new geographies of theory” as fertile sources of uncovering new ways of understanding urbanism everywhere. In Fall 2018, we started a reading group. In the Winter 2019 term, the series will host guest speaker events, graduate writing workshops, and more reading discussion sessions. For questions, please email Amardeep Kaur (Doctoral Candidate in Geography).

CFR and CERLAC Present:
Women’s resistance to violence in Brazil
Seminar with CFR Visiting Graduate Students Vinícius Santiago and Laura Martello
Chaired by Dr. Anna Agathengelou
Date: Monday, January 28, 2019
Time: 2.30-4.30pm
Location: 626 Kaneff Tower
RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca

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.

Link to Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1161882233964775/
Young feminist protests resisting the conservative reaction and the neoliberal offensive
Massive street protests against sexual abuse and femicide and in defense of sexual and reproductive rights have taken place in the last years in Brazil, resisting the conservative reaction and neoliberal offensive that coordinated a misogynist coup and the recent election of a ultra-right wing president. Combining elements of festivity and disruption in protests deeply rooted in local popular culture, young feminists are developing self-defense strategies to deal with patriarchal, capitalist and racist violence.
Laura França Martello is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Mothers resisting state violence in favelas of Rio de Janeiro
Black people who live in favelas are one of the main targets of military violence in Brazil. Military police invasion in favelas has been one of the most outrageous state practices through which the pacification policy has been carried out in the last years in Brazil. The murdering of black people in favelas of Rio, especially black youths, reveals the deadly racism of a country that leads the murder rate of young black men in the world. Due to this devastating context, some mothers have come to the streets to protest this murderous state practice and to mourn publicly their sons’ lives. Public mourning has been a sign of resistance to state violence and a political tool to claim justice in face of the arbitrariness of the state.
Vinícius Santiago is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Institute of International Relations of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI/PUC-Rio), Brazil.

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

WITH:
PROF BRENDA COSSMAN (U OF T LAW)
PROF HEIDI MATTHEWS (OSGOODE)
PROF POOJA PARMAR (UVIC LAW)

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
PERNILLE IRONSIDE (JD ’99)
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.

Speakers:
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

https://uocal.uottawa.ca/en/node/22159

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.

OPEN HOUSE
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.

Yorku.ca/thecentre

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.