Book Launches

Two upcoming events: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval: November 4; Anti-Black Racism and Inequality: What Is to be done?: November 17

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval, Saidiya Hartman
Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 5:00-7:00 PM

Professor Hartman will give a talk on her newest book and continue the discussion with Farah Jasmine Griffin, Professor of English and Comparative Literature and chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department at Columbia University.
A MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Saidiya Hartman has been a Guggenheim Fellow, Cullman Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar. She has just been appointed to the rank of University Professor, Columbia’s highest academic honor.

Anti-Black Racism and Inequality: What Is to be done?
Adolph Reed, Jr.,
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 4:00-5:30 PM

Adolph Reed, Jr. - In Conversation
Prominent African-American public intellectual, Adolph Reed, Jr. is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in inequality, race and racism. He a contributing editor to The New Republic and frequent contributor to The Village Voice, The Nation, Jacobin, and The Progressive. Join Adolph in conversation with Umair Muhammad, Ph.D. student at York University and author of Confronting Injustice: Social Activism in the Age of Individualism.

• Canadian Urban Library Council
• Edmonton Public Library
• PEN Canada
• Thunder Bay Public Library
• Toronto Public Library
• Vancouver Public Library

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Thursday, November 19, 2020, 3:00PM to 4:30pm EST

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Join us for a book launch and panel discussion with leading authors and researchers of international development and politics on Ilan Kapoor's new book Confronting Desire: Psychoanalysis and International Development published by Cornell University Press.

Confronting Desire: Psychoanalysis and International Development offers prescriptions for applying psychoanalysis to development theory and practice and demonstrates how psychoanalysis can provide fertile ground for radical politics and the transformation of international development.

Maria Eriksson Baaz, Professor, Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden
Gavin Fridell, Canada Research Chair in International Development, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada
Ilan Kapoor, Professor, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, Toronto, York University, Canada

Philip Kelly, Professor and Associate Dean, Research, Graduate Studies and Global Affairs, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University

Ilan Kapoor is an influential postcolonial scholar who is considered one of the first to bring both psychoanalysis and postcolonialism to the field of Development Studies.

This event is presented by the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University, Toronto, Canada.

CRS Book Launch | November 11, 2019 | 2:30-4:00p.m.| 8th Floor Kaneff Tower Common Area

Mobilizing Global Knowledge: Refugee Research in an Age of Displacement

Co-Editors Susan McGrath and Julie Young will be in attendance along with contributors Wenona Giles, Don Dippo, James Simeon, Michele Millard

Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies | 2019 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards October 27, 2019 at 2pm | Tribute Communities Recital Hall

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the 2019 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 2pm at the Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University.

We will be celebrating the works of Anne Dublin, Leonard H. and Edith Ehrlich (Carl S. Ehrlich ed.), Matti Friedman, Michael Kater, Alexandra Popoff, Jennifer Robson, Chava Rosenfarb (Goldie Morgentaler ed.), and Ayelet Tsabari.

Please join us for a meet-the-author reception and book signing after the ceremony.

Passes to the Student Services Parking Structure will be available on site.

The venue is located just outside the York University subway station (TTC Line 1).

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Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies | 763 Kaneff Tower, York University

Department of Sociology New BOOK LAUNCH | 23 October 2019, 12-2PM | Vari Hall Staff Lounge, 2nd Floor | York University

Please join us to celebrate the release of 10+ new books by our faculty members. There will be a panel discussion at 12:30pm. Books will be available for purchase. Light snacks and beverages will be served.

Armstrong, P. et al. (2019) The Privatization of Care. The Case of Nursing Homes. New York: Routledge.

Armstrong, P. & Lowndes, R. (2018) Creative Team Work: Developing Rapid, Site-Switching Ethnography New York: Oxford University Press.

Brock, Deborah, Aryn Martin, Mark Thomas, and Rebecca Raby (Eds.) (2019) Power and Everyday Practices. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Deborah Brock (Ed) (2019) Governing the Social in Neoliberal Times. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2019.

Ann H. Kim and Min-Jung Kwak (eds)(2019) Outward and Upward Mobilities:
International Students in Canada, Their Families, and Structuring Institutions.
Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Mongia, R. (2018). Indian Migration and Empire: A Colonial Genealogy of the Modern State. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Musto, Marcello. (2019) Marx’s Capital After 150 Years: Critique and Alternative to Capitalism. New York: Routledge.

Mykhalovskiy, E. and Namaste, V (Eds.) 2019. Thinking Differently about HIV/AIDS: Contributions from Critical Social Science. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Singh, H. (2014) Recasting Caste: From the Sacred to the Profane. London: Sage.

1. Hindi Translation

सिंह, हीरा। 2018, जाति व्यवस्था की नयी समीक्षा: पवित्र से अपवित्र की ओर। 2018। नयी दिल्ली, लन्दन, ठौसैंड ओक लैंड: सेज भाषा
Jati Vyavastha ki nayee sameeksha: pavitra se apvitra ki or. 2018. New Delhi, London, Thousand Oak: Sage.

2. Marathi Translation

जाति व्यव्व्स्थे ची नवी समीक्षा।: पवितरकेड़ूँ अपवितरटेकड़े। 2018। बयी ड़िल्ली, लन्दन, थाउज़ंड ओक: सेज भाषा
[Jati Vyavsthe chi navi smeeksha: pavitrakendu apvitra tekde. 2018. New Delhi, London: Thousand Oak: Sage Bhasha.

Thomas, Mark P., Leah F. Vosko, Carlo Fanelli, and Olena Lyubchenko (eds.) (2019) Change and Continuity: Canadian Political Economy in the New Millennium. McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Tilly, Charles., Ernesto Castaneda, E. and Lesley Wood (2019) Social Movements 1768-2018. 4th edition. New York: Routledge.

BOOK LAUNCH: Horace Kallen Confronts America
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2pm
Kaneff Tower, 7th floor, York University

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the launch of the book Horace Kallen Confronts America: Jewish Identity, Science, and Secularism, written by Rabbi Dr. Matthew Kaufman, on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2pm at the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies on the 7th floor of the Kaneff Tower at York University.

This intellectual biography explores the thought and career of the remarkable American Jewish thinker, Horace M. Kallen, revealing how his views on science, secularism, and religion made on impact on authors, publishers, editors, and readers, and offering a new lens through which to examine Jewish identity and American pluralism.

Matthew Kaufman received a PhD in Humanities from York University and is a Reconstructionist rabbi. He has served Reconstructionist, Reform, and Conservative Jewish communities in the United States and Canada for over twenty years.

Kosher (dairy) reception.

Admission is free, but seats are limited.

We look forward to seeing you there!

With best wishes,

Carl S. Ehrlich, Director
Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies


Don’t miss this important book!

The Centre for Feminist Research Presents: Book launch for Beyond Repair?: Mayan Women's Protagonism in the Aftermath of Genocidal Harm (Rutgers University Press 2019) By Dr. Alison Crosby (York University) and Dr. M. Brinton Lykes (Boston College) Discussant: Dr. Carlota McAllister (York University) Chair: Dr. Viviana Patroni (York University)

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 1.15-2.45pm
Location: 305 Founders College, York University
Accessibility: Open to all. Accessible space. Founders College is wheelchair-accessible. Gender-neutral bathroom on 1st floor. Single-stall, accessible bathroom on 3rd floor. Wayfinding signs will be posted. RSVP to

Copies of the book available for purchase!
In Beyond repair? Alison Crosby and M. Brinton Lykes explore a group of Mayan women’s collective struggle for justice in the aftermath of harm suffered during the height of Guatemala’s genocidal violence in the early 1980s, a harm these protagonists contend is irreparable yet must be redressed. Drawing on eight years of feminist participatory action research (PAR), the book examines how Mayan women’s protagonism has been shaped through dialogic interactions with intermediaries, including Mayan, ladina, mestiza and transnational activists, feminists, lawyers, psychologists, interpreters, and the authors as researchers.

Crosby and Lykes trace how intermediaries accompanied Mayan protagonists in the performance of a “community of women” outside of their local geographic communities, as a space from which to enact actions for redress and engage in knowledge co-construction. In analyzing protagonists’ engagement with a Tribunal of Conscience, a paradigmatic legal case of sexual violence as a crime against humanity and a state-sponsored National Reparations Program—actions framed as “transitional justice”—as well as the authors’ PAR process, the book addresses a central tension between indigenous struggles to redress social suffering rooted in structural colonial violence and dispossession, and the tendency of Western rights-based regimes to individuate acts of harm and generate racialized gendered spectacles of pain and suffering, accentuated in cases of sexual harm. Crosby and Lykes consider the challenges and possibilities of decolonial feminist research praxis within such terrain.

Co-sponsors: CERLAC, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies, the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School and Founders College.

Organized in conjunction with the 2019 Canadian Association of Latin American and the Caribbean Studies (CALACS) annual conference.

Join us on Friday, April 26th at 5:00 PM for an exciting discussion with Adam Kotsko, author of Neoliberalism's Demons. On Political Theology of Late Capitalism (2018) at The Catalyst at FCAD.

This event is free, and all are welcome to attend. Please circulate to interested colleagues.

This event is sponsored by York University's Glendon Campus Communications Program and The Catalyst at FCAD (Ryerson University).-

Neoliberalism's Demons
Adam Kotsko
North Central College

Friday, April 26th, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
RCC 223 - The Catalyst 
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The book explores the sources of neoliberalism's remarkable success and the roots of its current decline. Neoliberalism's appeal is its promise of freedom in the form of unfettered free choice. But that freedom is a trap: we have just enough freedom to be accountable for our failings, but not enough to create genuine change. If we choose rightly, we ratify our own exploitation. And if we choose wrongly, we are consigned to the outer darkness—and then demonized as the cause of social ills. By tracing the political and theological roots of the neoliberal concept of freedom, Adam Kotsko offers a fresh perspective, one that emphasizes the dynamics of race, gender, and sexuality. More than that, he accounts for the rise of right-wing populism, arguing that, far from breaking with the neoliberal model, it actually doubles down on neoliberalism's most destructive features.

Adam Kotsko is on the faculty of the Shimer Great Books School at North Central College, where he teaches widely in the humanities and social sciences. His research focuses on political theology, continental philosophy, and the history of Christian thought. His most recent book, The Prince of This World, is a study of the political legacy of pre-modern Christian ideas about the devil. More information about Prof. Kotsko's work is available at his professional site.

Building Community, Accessing Justice: In Conversation with the author of Scarborough Catherine Hernandez
January 23, 2019 in room 1014 Helliwell Centre, Osgoode Hall Law School

A conversation with the author, playwright, activist about her book Scarborough, access to justice and building community beyond institutional structures. Catherine Hernandez (@theloudlady) is the award-winning author of Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press). Scarborough won the 2015 Jim Wong-Chu Award, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award, the Evergreen Forest of Reading Award, Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, the Trillium Book Award; and longlisted for Canada Reads 2018. It made the "Best of 2017" list for the Globe and Mail, National Post, Quill and Quire, and CBC Books.

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Research Centre Coordinator
Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre, Institute for Feminist Legal Studies
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
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Join us on Wednesday, January 16th at 4:00 PM for an exciting discussion with Elettra Stimilli, author of Debt and Guilt: A Political Philosophy (2018) at The Catalyst at FCAD. This event is free, and all are welcome to attend. Please circulate to interested colleagues.

Debt: A Political Philosophical Issue
Elettra Stimilli
Sapienza University of Rome

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
RCC 230 - The Catalyst [click for Google Map]


The issue of debt and how it affects our lives is becoming more and more urgent. The "Austerity" model has been the prevalent European economic policies of recent years led by the "German model". Elettra Stimilli draws upon contemporary philosophy, psychology and theology to argue that austerity is built on the idea that we somehow deserve to be punished and need to experience guilt in order to take full account of our economic sins. Following thinkers such as Max Weber, Walter Benjamin and Michel Foucault, this talk provides a startling examination of the relationship between contemporary politics and economics and how we structure our inner lives.

Elettra Stimilli is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. She is the author of Jacob Taubes (2004) and The Debt of the Living (2017), and the co-editor, with Dario Gentili and Glenda Garelli, of Italian Critical Thought (2018).

This event has been made possible through a collaborative effort between Ryerson University's Infoscape Research Lab, Technē: Wilfrid Laurier University Biopolitical Research Group, Italian Thought Network, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, York University's Glendon Campus Communications Program, and Wilfrid Laurier University.​

Choices under Duress of the Holocaust: Benjamin Murmelstein and the Fate of Viennese Jewry, Volume I: Vienna |  January 16, 2019 at 5pm at the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, 7th floor of the Kaneff Tower

Dear Friends of the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies,

We are pleased to invite you to the launch of the book Choices under Duress of the Holocaust: Benjamin Murmelstein and the Fate of Viennese Jewry, Volume I: Vienna, on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 5pm at the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, 7th floor of the Kaneff Tower, York University.

The culmination of over three decades of research, Choices under Duress of the Holocaust: Benjamin Murmelstein and the Fate of Viennese Jewry, Volume I: Vienna examines the decision-making process of Jewish communal leadership under Nazi domination from both a historical and a philosophical perspective. Taking as its testcase that of the controversial Rabbi Dr. Benjamin Murmelstein, this first of two volumes investigates his actions as deputy and then leader of the Jewish community of Vienna between 1938 and 1942. In contextualizing Murmelstein’s actions within their broader historical framework, Choices under Duress of the Holocaust widens its focus in presenting a painstaking history of the Viennese Jewish community under the extreme conditions forced upon it by its Nazi overlords. The second volume, which will appear in about two years, deals with the Viennese Jewish community from 1942 to 1945 and with the fate of those who were deported to the “model ghetto” of Theresienstadt/Terezin, where Murmelstein was eventually appointed Judenältester (Chief Jewish Elder).

The manuscript of Choices under Duress of the Holocaust was completed shortly before the deaths of its authors, Professor Leonard H. Ehrlich (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) and Dr. Edith Ehrlich, and prepared for publication by their son, Professor Carl S. Ehrlich (York University).


Light kosher refreshments

Complimentary parking at the York Lanes Parking Garage

The Criminalization of Migration | Book Launch  December 5, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
140 McLaughlin College, Senior Common Room

With an estimated 260 million migrants in the world today, including over 68.5 million of those who are forcibly displaced, States have turned to draconian measures to try to stem the flow of irregular migration, including, the criminalization of migration itself. "Crimmigration" or the "criminalization of migration" involves the use of criminal law measures, public policies, and practices that stigmatize, marginalize and diminish or undermine the rights of those who are forcibly displaced. Canada has not been immune from these practices, despite its reputation of being one of the most open immigrant and refugee receiving States in the world.

Speakers: Joseph Rikhof and Nancy Weisman (panel) with James Simeon (Moderator)

Light refreshments provided.  Everyone welcome.
For further information, please contact Vicky Carnevale at: x: 33824 or

Hosted by the Office of the Head of McLaughlin College.

The Centre for Feminist Research and the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies Present: Book launch for Queer Politics in India: Towards Sexual Subaltern Subjects by Shraddha Chatterjee (GFWS)
November 6, 2018
12 - 2 PM
626 Kaneff Tower | York University

Introduced by Dr. David Murray (Anthropology)
Moderator: Harshita Yalamarty (GFWS)
Respondents: Preity Kumar (GFWS) and Karuna Chandrashekar (SPTH)

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

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Brown bag event – bring your own lunch! Cookies and coffee provided.

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Summary: Queer Politics in India simultaneously tells two interconnected stories. The first explores the struggle against violence and marginalization by queer people in the Indian subcontinent, and places this movement towards equality and inclusion in relation to queer movements across the world. The second story, about a lesbian suicide in a small village in India, interrupts the first one, and together, these two stories push and pull the book to elucidate the failure and promise of queer politics, in India and the rest of the world.

NEW BOOK: Research Handbook on Child Migration by Bhabha, Kanics and Senovilla Hernandez
Recommended by Wenona Giles

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The scope and complexity of child migration have only recently emerged as a critical factors in global migration. This volume assembles for the first time a richly interdisciplinary body of work, drawing on contributions from renowned scholars, eminent practitioners and prominent civil society advocates from across the globe and from a wide range of different mobility contexts. Their invaluable pedagogical tools and research documents demonstrate the urgency and breadth of this important new aspect of international human mobility in our global age.

"Listening to the Lyricism of Leonard Cohen",
A musical book-talk with Dr. Rabbi Aubrey Glazer,
Professor Sundar Viswanathan, David Wall and Aaron Lightstone
Sunday, October 28, 2018
7pm in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall,
Accolades East Building, York University

Dr. Glazer's insights on the spiritual and mystical threads of Leonard Cohen's lyrics will be punctuated by live musical renditions of the great Canadian Jewish bard's songbook.

Dr. Glazer's book, Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Leonard Cohen's Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & Beyond, published by Academic Studies Press (2016), will be available for purchase and signing at the kosher reception following the concert.

Admission is free but seats are limited.
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The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards
October 14, 2018
2:00 P.M.
Tribute Communities Recital Hall
Accolate East Building

The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards will be celebrating the works of Natalie Morrill, Kathy Kacer and Jordana Lebowitz, Pierre Anctil, Max Wallace, Rebecca Papucaru, Daniel Kupfert Heller, Seymour Mayne and Anne Renaud and Richard Rudnicki.

Please join us for a meet-the-author reception and book signing after the ceremony.
Passes to the Student Services Parking Structure will be available on site.

The venue is located just outside the York University subway station (TTC Line 1).

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