YorkU graduate students showcase research at first virtual 3MT competition

Fourteen York graduate students shared their research during 3 Minute Thesis (3MT), a fun yet challenging academic competition coordinated every year by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University to celebrate and highlight graduate student research.

3MT is an international research symposium where graduate students across various disciplines have three minutes to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers. In Ontario, each university runs an internal competition to select a winner who competes at the provincial competition. In light of COVID-19, this year’s event was rescheduled to Fall 2020 and took place in a virtual setting.The student winners were selected by judges Lyndon Martin, vice-provost Academic and professor in the Faculty of Education at York University; Bob McDonald, the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks and Canadian author; Michael Johnny, knowledge mobilization manager at York University; and Lina Decker, doctoral student in psychology at York University, winner of last year’s York 3MT, and York’s University representative at the provincial 3MT composition.“It is always a privilege to hear graduate students talk with such passion and care about their work, and a lovely opportunity to learn more about the kinds of research taking place within York – both why it matters, and how it will make a difference in the world,” said Martin, addressing York’s student participants. “Having to convey what are often deeply complex research questions in three minutes is quite the task. You were all wonderful ambassadors for your fields and for the University.”

York's 3MT Competition winners

York's 3MT competition winners: Alyssia Wilson, Amanda Jass, Stephanie Raposo and Selina Greco

The aspiration and freshness of York research can be recognized from first-place winner Alyssia Wilson (master’s student in psychology), whose presentation was titled “Altered brain activity related to contact exposure in sports.” Wilson’s research shows that based on how much contact female university athletes are exposed to, there are significant changes in those patterns of activities between different brain regions, even at rest.Second-place winner Stephanie Raposo (doctoral student in psychology) delivered a presentation titled “Buffering Attachment Anxiety: The Benefits of Perceived Partner Sexual Responsiveness,” examining how the sexual domain is one key way for partners to express responsiveness, especially to those who are anxiously attached.With such remarkable research topics, judges deliberated and settled with a draw in third place. Selina Greco (doctoral student in education) gave a presentation titled “Fostering Experiential Learning, Environmental Awareness and Mental Health through Farming Education Practices,” emphasizing how experiential learning on a farm finds meaning through promoting environmental awareness and ecological literacy, and ultimately strengthening mental health of adolescents. Amanda Jass (master’s student in biology) presented “Restoration of Learning and Memory in Autism,” outlining how the root cause of memory impairment and incensory abnormalities stem from overexcitation of the brain where imbalances between excitatory and inhibitory signals exist and create a scale shifted towards too much excitation.“Overall, let me congratulate all the participants. I don't really like choosing winners because all the projects were so different from each other. The margins in scoring were very slim due to very high quality all around. So once again, thank you to everyone who took the time to prepare your presentations, I wish all of you the best success,” said McDonald.Winners received prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 respectively. This is the seventh year that York University has participated in the Canadian competition.

Join conversation on moving international mobility towards sustainability, inclusivity and innovation

If your work has any connection to international mobility (e.g., exchange, research, programs and courses abroad), you won’t want to miss York University’s upcoming Sustainability and Inclusive Internationalization Virtual Conference slated for Jan. 20 to 22, 2021 – just over a month away.
The conference is an effort to “reimagine approaches in higher education in an era of uncertainty.” It is a joint endeavour between York International (YI) and the York UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education Towards Sustainability in collaboration with International Association of Universities (IAU), the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) and Okayama University, Japan and funded by the Academic Innovation Fund at York University.
Although higher education has long been a force for cross-cultural exchange and education, even prior to the current pandemic there have been conditions that make it challenging: global geopolitical tensions, economic strains, climate change concerns and systematic racism and exclusion.
“This conference aims to look at internationalization and in particular, student mobility in a world where we are also focused on ensuring that programs are inclusive and sustainable,” said Vinitha Gengatharan, YI’s executive director and co-chair of the conference.
“We will be exploring whether this marks the end of post-secondary internationalization and the related mobility programs or if it marks the beginning of new era based on new models of interaction and exchange.”
Gengatharan hopes that participants will consider questions such as: Where do calls for sustainability and inclusivity and the practice of mobility programs in international education meet? In conversations and in literature, people use buzzwords such as responsible, ethical, sustainable and inclusive in referring to internationalization, but how do these words translate into the global, national and institutional mobility programs?
This conference seeks to encourage higher education institutions to reimagine internationalization of higher education, moving toward a strategy that is more inclusive in terms of participants, locations and new models and contributes towards the UN’s sustainable development goals.
The conference is also part of a larger initiative to support sustainable travel literacy while undertaking study abroad opportunities; it is an opportunity to bring together the practitioners in the field of student mobility.
Charles Hopkins, York UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education Towards Sustainability and co-chair of the conference, added, “The upcoming Sustainability and Inclusive Internationalization Virtual Conference is a product of academics, practitioners and policymakers in higher education collaborating to explore new approaches to bringing international aspects of learning, research and community service as core competencies of all graduates. An understanding of global contexts and the capability to perform in transdisciplinary and intercultural teams is crucial to achieving a sustainable future.
“With this event organized with our international partners, we embrace the spirit of the new York University Academic Plan 2020-2025 in coming together to make positive change for future generations and contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals while enhancing the excellence of our programs.”
The conference will focus on six specific topics:
 International mobility in practice: institutional, national and regional responses: Examining successful student mobility programs and considering if and how such programs enhance the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
 Greening student and scholar exchange: Concrete ideas and practices: How do exchange and internationalization activities align with the pursuit towards sustainability?
 Leveraging technology and digital learning: Can we experience “abroad online?”: York has a burgeoning Globally Networked Learning program. What are the opportunities and limitations of these online experiences?
 Mobility programs beyond academics: Global and community engagement: How can university mobility programs meet the goal of community service, one of the missions of higher education?
 Inclusive student exchanges and experiences: To what extent is internationalization of higher education in sync with or in competition with calls for indigeneity, anti-coloniality, anti-racism and anti-imperiality?
 Assessment of intercultural development in mobility programs: Can we assess the short- and long-term intercultural learning and development stemming from mobility programs?
The conference is an open forum that will allow participants to tackle these vital questions and related concerns and find workable solutions. It has ambitious, but important goals:
 bring together mobility experts and coordinators responsible for international services and exchange programs, as well as experts in education for sustainable development (ESD) and global citizenship education (GCED) with policymakers and other practitioners;
 develop a Toronto 2021 York Declaration on responsible mobility in higher education: while recognizing the importance of international student and research mobility, higher education carries a responsibility to understand their impact in contexts of addressing both globalization and sustainability;
 contribute to the future of international education and sustainability in a new era of global uncertainties (post COVID-19);
 bring forward international mobility discussions beyond student exchange to include innovative and inclusive global learning models and pedagogies; and
 develop a strategy for ongoing networking and sharing in research and capacity building within the field that will extend well beyond the conference.
With discussion focused on the challenges, benefits, impacts and shifting nature of international mobility at educational institutions, faculty, staff and students who have an interest in sustainability; diversity, equity and inclusion; and international mobility/exchange will have the opportunity to contribute and shape the future of global exchanges among post-secondary institutions. Join the conversations – the early bird registration deadline is Dec. 21. Register here.
For more information, contact: Wessen Rawazik, project officer for York International,; Helen Balderama, York International, associate director, International Partnerships and Programs,; or Katrin Kohl, executive coordinator to the UNESCO Chair in, Reorienting Education Towards Sustainability,
By Elaine Smith, contributing writer
yFile December 16, 2020

The ILO A Critical Examination of the Past 100 Years, and Imagination for the Next | February 28, 2020

Dr. Leah Vosko, Department of Politics, York University

Dr. Obiora Okafor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Marie Clarke Walker, Canadian Labour Congress

Dr. Kelly Pike, School of Human Resource Management, York University (Moderator)

The year 2019 marked the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO encourages cooperation between governments (of 187 member states), employers, and workers to promote "social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights." Established in the wake of the "Great War" (WWI), the founding mission of the ILO was based on the premise that "social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace." However, this goal has been far from realized in the last century. In this panel discussion, each participant will address the following guiding questions:

What is living and what is dead in the ILO, 100 years on?

What lessons can be learned from the past to address the pressing social, economic and labour justice issues of today and the future?

Friday, February 28, 2020


Kaneff Tower 519

Refreshments will be provided.

Global Labour Research Centre

Co-Sponsors: School of Social Work, Faculty of Education, Department of Equity Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, Department of Geography, Social and Political Thought Program, Department of Philosophy, Department of History, Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law program, Department of Politics, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Department of Social Science, School of Human Resources.

Contested Reproduction of Turkey’s Financialized Capitalism: State and Society in Crisis | March 19, 2020

Organized by:

Dr. Pınar Bedirhanoğlu, Visiting Professor, Department of Politics, York University;
Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University

Thursday March 19, 2020
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ross Building South 674, York University

Please register at:

This one-day workshop brings together Turkish scholars to engage in a critical and in-depth discussion on the current authoritarian drive in Turkey. The workshop will problematize the following salient issues: the constitutive role of financialization in authoritarian state transformation; state policies that weaken the power of labour vis-á-vis capital; and the enhancement of the coercive capacity of state and capital for social control. Besides identifying the Turkey-specific determinants of authoritarianism, the workshop aims to situate the Turkish experience within its global context, and thus contribute to relevant debates in comparative politics.


Welcome and Introductions | 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Politics of Labour | 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Chair and Discussant: Dr. Angela Joya, Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University

Formation of the ‘classes of labour’ in Turkey under neoliberalism and changing forms of rural class struggle
Dr. Coşku Çelik, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Politics and Department of Social Science, York University

Syrian refugees as surplus population in Turkish labour market: Racialization, segmentation and exploitation
Canan Şahin, PhD Candidate, Queens University

Social reproduction in crisis: Limits to reproducing labour power in neoliberalizing Turkey
Hilal Kara, PhD Candidate, Queens University

State Transformation through Financialization | 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Chair and Discussant: Barış Karaağaç, Lecturer, Trent University

Responses to the 2018-19 economic crisis in AKP’s Turkey: Policy space and discipline by state-sponsored credit
Dr. Ali Rıza Güngen, Distance Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University

Financialization, debt, state and health care
Dr. İpek Eren-Vural, Research Associate, Dalhousie University; Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University

Financialisation, household indebtedness, and state crisis in Turkey
Dr. Pınar Bedirhanoğlu, Visiting Professor, Department of Politics, York University; Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, METU

Politics of Coercion | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Chair and Discussant: Ömer Özcan, Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology,York University

‘The law of the city?’: Social war, urban warfare, and dispossession on the margin
Dr. Çağlar Dölek, Contract Instructor, Carleton University

Policing the crisis in Turkey: The case of feminicides
Dr. Funda Hülagü, Research Associate, Philipps University of Marburg (via Skype)

Turkey’s authoritarian surveillance regime
Dr. Özgün Topak, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Science, York University

Presented by the Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) and the Department of Politics.

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All are welcome.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of York’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, the Vice-President Research & Innovation, and the Department of Politics.

KNOMAD Thematic Working Group on Migration and Environmental Change seeks proposals for working papers and research briefs

Call for Proposals
The Thematic Working Group on Migration and Environmental Change, on behalf of KNOMAD, seeks proposals for working papers (6,000-7,500 words) and research briefs (2,000-3,000 words) that elucidate
1. gaps in survey and administrative data related to environmental change and migration with some country/regional case studies
2. metrics, data and research needed to address drivers of environmental displacement and to formulate policies to manage likely movements;
3. strategies and methodologies for use of innovative data—including social media, cellphone data and geo-spatial data—to learn more about drivers and impacts of environmental change and migration;
4. mechanisms for strengthening data on environmental migration patterns within and between developing countries;
5. evidence needed to determine if and how planned relocation should take place. Special attention will be given to concrete case studies; and
6. data needed to strengthen governance and legal frameworks to manage environmentally driven migration at the national level and improve mechanisms for international cooperation.
7. We especially encourage researchers from the Global South to submit proposals for working papers or research briefs. Please note that the consultancy will not support new research.
The papers will be distributed widely, including for circulation at upcoming events, such as the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Global Forum on Migration and Development, meetings of the Task Force on Displacement and Platform on Disaster Displacement, and other relevant venues. Best papers will be submitted for publishing in the KNOMAD Papers Series.
Drafts of the papers will serve as the starting point for discussion in the symposium. All papers should be in English, using language that is accessible to policymakers and practitioners as well as researchers.
Working papers should be between 6,000 and 7,500 words plus an Executive Summary and Bibliography. Research briefs should be between 2,000-3,000 words, including an Abstract and Bibliography.
Timelines for completion of paper are:
Draft paper: 15 May 2020
Final paper: 31 December 2020

Proposal Format and Due Date
• Proposals should be no more than four pages, single spaced, Times New Roman, 12pt. They should provide a brief summary of the paper to be produced under the consultancy, an outline of the paper’s contents and a short bibliography.
• The proposal must also indicate the in-depth experience of the consultants that will enable them to meet the short deadlines for these papers.
An honorarium of $3,000 will be offered to those invited to prepare full working papers, and $1,000 for research briefs.

Please submit proposals no later than March 6, 2020, to

Nadege Desiree Yameogo,
Focal Point for the Thematic Working Group,
KNOMAD Secretariat at

The authors of research to be presented at the symposium will be notified by March 30, 2020.

Wilfrid Laurier University's 8th annual Justice, Crime, and Deviance: Regional Graduate Research and Networking Conference (JCD) | Saturday, March 28, 2020

The conference will run from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM in the Research and Academic Centre, located at Laurier's Brantford Campus - 150 Dalhousie Street. Registration will be located in the main lobby of the Research and Academic Centre West building. Room locations for panel sessions and details regarding the dinner social will be provided at a later date.

Proposals for presentations will be accepted until February 1, 2020. Please send an abstract of 200-250 words to Please include the following:
• your full name
• a paper title
• institutional affiliation
• program of study
• type of presentation
Presentations are to be approximately 15 minutes in duration followed by a 5 minute question period. Additional information about panels will be forthcoming via email updates, once the program is finalized.

Please note: Registration is free, and breakfast and lunch will be catered.

For any further inquiries or questions please email

We look forward to hearing from you!

Chelsea Doiron & Niya St Amant
Justice, Crime and Deviance Lead Organizers, 2020

York Symposium | Pedagogies of the Sea | Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Founders College (Room 303)

Presentations | 9:30am-2:45pm
Othon Alexandrakis, Katherine Anderson, Tyler Ball, Arun Chaudhuri, Andrea Davis, Ken Little, Andrea Madovarski, Patrick Taylor, Sandra Widmer, Anna Zalik, Rinaldo Walcott, Yutaka Yoshida

Convener: Daniel Yon

Keynote Speaker | 3:00pm-4:30pm
Pedagogies of the Sea: hydrocolonial perspectives
With keynote speaker Isabel Hofmeyr (WITS University, Johannesburg, South Africa and Global Distinguished Professor, New York University, USA)
Rising sea levels have shifted the ways in which we do oceanic studies. Whereas older styles of oceanic histories treated the sea surface and backdrop for human movement at sea, a new oceanic studies seeks to engage with the materiality of the ocean, attempting analytically to go off shore and below the water line. This scholarship seeks to make visible the deep-seated land-and-human orientations of much research. Terming these “dry technologies”, this work seeks to “immerse” concepts and theories to produce new modes of analysis. Using the rubric of hydrocolonialism, this talk will outline a range of emerging methods and techniques, exploring how these might be employed as pedagogies of the sea.

CRS Roundtable | Thursday, November 21st, 2-3:30pm, Faculty of Social Sciences Building, Room 4004, University of Ottawa

To celebrate the publication of the recent special issue of Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees on Refugee Sponsorship (, please join us for a roundtable to discuss lessons learned and ways forward for private sponsorship of refugees.

Roundtable participants include:

Jennifer Bond, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Michael Casasola, Senior Resettlement Officer, UNHCR

Christina Clark-Kazak, Associate Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa (guest editor)

Michaela Hynie, Professor, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University

Ashley Korn, World University Services of Canada

Ania Kwadrans, Senior Policy Advisor, Refugee Hub

Patti Lenard, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

David Moffette, Assistant Professor, Criminology, University of Ottawa (moderator)

Michael Molloy, Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University

Johanna Reynolds, Doctoral Candidate, York University (guest editor)

Chikwa Zahinda, Refugee Sponsorship Committee, Emmanuel United Church

Les présentations seront en anglais, suivi d’une période bilingue de questions et réponses.

Don't miss People for Education's 22nd Annual Conference! Stephen Lewis brings message of hope | November 2, 2019 at York University | Register early

Fresh from his cross-Canada tour with David Suzuki, Stephen Lewis will be bringing his thoughts - and his challenges - about public education to People for Education's Annual Conference at York University on November 2nd.
Lewis believes that education not only transforms the lives of children, but it is perhaps the greatest unacknowledged instrument we have for dramatic social change. He also believes in the power of young people, and that education is one of the world’s greatest forces for good.
People for Education's conference brings together students, parents, pre-service teachers, school administrators, academics, policymakers, school board staff and trustees, and community members to share practices, wrestle with issues, and find out how to ensure that public education thrives in Ontario.
Space is limited, so register now!!

This year we will explore how public education is preparing students for their futures in a rapidly changing world.
About this Event
Our conference brings together diverse stakeholders in our public education system to spend the day thinking, discussing, and connecting with each other around what matters to them most – ensuring our education system is preparing all students for success. This year educators, parents, researchers, students, school board and ministry staff will come together to explore the conference theme of “the future of public education."
For full event details visit:
2019 Conference Sessions
Building bridges: How can schools can work more effectively with parents and communities?
Indigenous education: How can we move away from thinking of Indigenous Education as an add-on, and make it central to all K to 12 education?
Redesigning education: The future is here. How does education need to change?
The pros and cons of e-Learning: Should all students have to take 4 online courses?
Reclaiming education: What do young people want?
Schools as centres of mental health and wellness: What are some schools doing to build staff and student well-being?
Beyond tokenism: How can we ensure students have a real voice in education policy and curriculum?
Addressing barriers to post-secondary education: How can we ensure multiple pathways stay open for all students?
Building real community in schools: How do we need to change to ensure that all of Ontario’s diverse students have equitable opportunities at school?
School yards and playgrounds: Are they a core part of education?
If you are visiting us from out of town, we have reserved a block of rooms at York University's Executive Education Centre for November 1 and 2, 2019 - just a six minute walk from the conference venue! To take advantage of our special conference rate of $149.00 (+HST)/ night, please reserve your room by contacting 416-650-8300/ using booking code 304701 before October 17, 2019. This rate assumes single occupancy and includes continental breakfast.

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) is offering a limited number of fellowships for Ph.D and Post Doctoral Candidates Conducting Research on the Holocaust.

The application deadline is December 23, 2019 for the Fall 2020 - Summer 2021 Funding Year.

Maximum Award Amount: $20,000 Per Year

The Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies aims to strengthen Holocaust studies and Shoah memory throughout the world. Our mission is to support the advanced study of the fate of Jews who were systematically targeted for destruction or persecution by the Nazis and their allies between 1933 and 1945, as well as immediate post-war events.

Studies covered by the Fellowship can include the immediate historical context in which the Holocaust took place and encompass political, economic, legal, religious and socio-cultural aspects, as well as ethical and moral implications. The Fellowship also supports awardees in learning languages necessary to studying original Holocaust- related documents. Candidates can be pursuing a degree in a variety of fields, including History, Sociology, Philosophy, Judaic Studies, Political Science, Government, Women’s Studies and other fields.

Fellowships are awarded to outstanding candidates around the world who have a strong personal commitment to Shoah memory, who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, and who possess the potential to provide outstanding professional leadership that will shape the future of Holocaust awareness and scholarship.

As part of the program, Kagan Fellows are invited to attend an all-expenses-paid, annual 4-5 day summer workshop alternately hosted at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Yad Vashem where they present their research to and network with leading scholars and peers.

For application and eligibility information, please visit or email

International Conference | Feminist Explorations of Urban Futures September 26-28, 2019 | York University, Toronto

Register via our website:

The research project, Urbanization, gender, and the global south: A transformative knowledge network (GenUrb) is pleased to organize and host the Feminist Explorations of Urban Futures International Conference.

The purpose of this conference is to advance feminist thinking on urban research across the global south.

With social reproduction in crisis and people increasingly making a living outside the wage, the urban is being reshaped in ways that are no longer captured in twentieth-century conceptualizations of urbanization. In those countries labeled the ‘global south’ urbanization, driven both by natural increase and rural to urban migration, is where over 90 percent of urban growth (between 2000 – 2050) is expected to occur.

Our aim in this conference is to explore how feminist scholars, activists, and policymakers understand the gendered nature of urbanization, women’s place-making strategies, and to rethink the urban from the perspective of “the global south,” not least comparatively and relationally.

Through a series of roundtable, panels, workshop, and research paper sessions the ‘Feminist Explorations of Urban Futures’ conference will create a global dialogue on the following themes: comparative feminist research, critical policy dialogues on gender and the urban, feminist activism and the city, and social reproduction and women’s place-making in cities. The conference will bring together leading feminist urban scholars, shapers of urban policy, activists working on gender and the urban at various scales, as well as new and emerging scholars working on feminist approaches to the urban.

Contact us:

GenUrb, The City Institute at York University,
Seventh Floor, Kaneff Tower
Keele Campus
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3

Send us an e-mail

+1 416 736 2100 ext. 33178


Paros, Greece, June 13 - 15th, 2019| 5th ANNUAL WORKSHOP ON SOCIAL INQUIRY AND ITS DIALECTICS | TOPIC: Otherness/Alterity and Estrangement: Revisiting 'The Stranger'

The International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities (IASCC) and the
Culture of Cities Centre is pleased to announce the 6th Annual meeting of the Workshop on Social Inquiry and its Dialectics, June 13th to 16th, 2019.

The Workshop is organized and hosted annually in partnership with international collaborators who present research from perspectives of contemporary and classical interpretive theory by applying different approaches to a range of topics of significance and relevance. For the last five years the meetings have been held on the Greek Island of Syros.
This year's Workshop is hosted by the Hellenic International Studies in the Arts (HISA), located the city of Paroikia, on the Island of Paros in Greece. The topic emphasizes interdisciplinary methods of interpretative analysis of social, cultural, and political issues and will preserve the workshop format. Work in progress, further developed papers and presentations are all welcome. The title and description of this year's Meeting follows:

Otherness/Alterity and Estrangement: Revisiting 'The Stranger'

Much has changed in the world since Georg Simmel and Alfred Schutz wrote their famous essays on The Stranger. The social types these essays have been used to represent focus mainly on the migrant and the refugee. Such types raise concerns around deviance, marginalization, ostracism, and oppression, in turn resonating with today's discussions of racism, prejudice, the politics of gender, and many other forms of group-based discrimination. This discourse has and continues to focus on minorities in very concrete ways. Yet, these essays also implicitly describe a process of estrangement that could occur in all sorts of everyday situations that can be seen to be regularly assumed and presupposed, whether advanced or rebutted, through accounts, excuses, motives, and allegations. Estrangement can then be seen as a process that invites a creative extension of the conversation about otherness/ alterity that supersedes more traditional representations, dilemmas, and anxieties: it is the enigma that marks all relationships whether of self-to-other, other-to-self, or 'within' the self.
Understanding such estrangement involves both theoretical and, methodological questions. Such theoretical/methodological intersections can be seen in phenomenological literature, in Garfinkel's notion of the methodology (taking on the orientation of an anthropological stranger to a familiar world), in psychoanalytic literature, in the 'bracketing' intrinsic to reflection, and in many other discourses.

The aim of the Workshop is to accommodate as wide a range of interests as possible, while incorporating a more specific direction for the Conference. The Hellenic International Studies in the Arts is housed in the 17th century Azari merchant quarters in the main village of Paroikia, on the Greek island of Paros. The website for HISA is:

Please note that this year there is an Administration and Hospitality fee in the amount of 120 Euros for each participant. This will be collected at the start of the meeting in Paros and will cover the cost of the opening reception, refreshments and light snacks during the day, as well as incidentals related to the organization of the Workshop . Paras is easily accessible by ferry and plane from Athens. A full range of accommodations are available in Paroikia or any of the other villages on the island. A reception will convene on the evening of June 13, 2019, with the workshop beginning on the morning of June 14th_ The Workshop will run for two full days, followed by a morning meeting on the 15th with time afterwards for other activities .

If you are interested in attending this year's Workshop, please let us know by April 15th, 2019. Following this, we ask that you submit an abstract for your paper or presentation by May 15th, 2019. Also, if you know of colleagues who may be interested in this year's Workshop please pass this information along or send such to us and we will contact them.

We hope that you can attend this event. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact David Lynes < >. We look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,

Conference Organizers: David Lynes, Andriani Papadopoulou, Kieran Bonner.

In Association with The International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities and The Hellenic International Studies in the Arts .

The Socio-Legal Studies Graduate Students Association presents NAVIGATING SOCIO-LEGAL LANDSCAPES: CONVERSATIONS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH | FRIDAY, APRIL 26 2019 | 9:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M.


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Call for Proposals: Interface 2019 presents (Un)bound: Interdisciplinary Dialogues to be held on May 3rd and 4th at Carleton University
Submission deadline:  January 11, 2019

Website and registration:

This year’s theme (Un)bound invites graduate students, emerging scholars, and artists whose research or creative practice attempts to cross traditional borders and boundaries within the academic or artistic realms. (Un)bound will explore what it means to be bound by constraints whether real or imagined, as well as the possibilities and struggles that emerge when we risk creating and/or working outside of these structured confines. The conference will provide a congenial environment where participants can present interdisciplinary research and form professional connections with like-minded peers.

ICSLAC welcomes creative and defined submissions for research papers, panels, performances, and workshops from graduate students at the MA and Ph.D. levels, as well as from emerging and independent artists or scholars. We are interested in submissions that critically consider, but are not limited to:

- borders, boundaries, and mapping
- migration and diaspora
- identity
- politics and political economy
- decolonial/post-colonial methodologies and globalisms
- interdisciplinarity in music, art, film, or literature
- critical cultural theory
- media and digital cultures
- feminist and queer theories
- interdisciplinary studies in education and pedagogy
- memory studies and museology
- environmental studies and ecocriticism

Keynote speaker: Dr. Lisa Lowe
Lisa Lowe is Distinguished Professor of English and Humanities, a faculty member of the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University. In January 2019, she will join Yale University as Samuel Knight Professor of American Studies.
More information about her research can be found here.

Proposals will be selected through a blind jury process. Please include your name, institutional affiliation, and bio (max. 100 words) in the body of your email and attach an abstract (max. 300 words) with a list of keywords, without any identifying information, as a PDF file. If you are submitting a performance or workshop proposal, please outline the intended length and structure in your submission as well as capacity limitations.

Hosted by The Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (ICSLAC)

Call For Papers | York University History Department’s
Annual New Frontiers Conference presents
Reclaiming Histories: Discourses of Colonization, Reconciliation and Recolonization
February 21 – February 23, 2019
Deadline for submissions is 28 December 2018

The York University History Department’s annual New Frontiers conference is an excellent forum for both MA and PhD students in history and related fields to present papers to colleagues from across Canada and the United States. This year’s theme fosters multi- and interdisciplinary approaches, therefore, we encourage papers from practitioners in history, law, indigenous studies, political studies, education, and other disciplines, representing a wide range of national, regional, thematic, and methodological backgrounds.

In 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission sought to promote collaboration between the public, post-secondary institutions, all levels of government, and Indigenous peoples. Increasingly, however, some are challenging the government’s use of the term "reconciliation," charging that its true agenda in seeking reconciliation is the continued extinguishment of Aboriginal title and rights in contravention of international law, amounting to the recolonization of Indigenous peoples. Thus the actions and findings of this Commission, applied haphazardly or not at all, highlight the difficulties posed when history meets politics. These difficulties will inform the focus of several panels this year with the hope that this will inspire discussion about the problematic outcomes of collaboration.

We will be accepting papers on any geographic location and on a wide range of themes and topics including but not limited to:

· History and Theory
· Public Memory and Commemoration
· Law, Politics, and Protest
· Science, Medicine, Technology, and Environment
· Sovereignty and the State
· Religion and Society
· Race, Ethnicity, and Identity
· Gender & Sexuality
· Empire and Nation
· Popular Culture and Consumerism
· Migration and Diaspora
· Work, Class, and Community
In the spirit of collaboration and mutual learning, graduate students and post-graduate students are encouraged to submit papers on their original research, dissertation chapters in progress, research projects, and/or course papers.

Applicants are invited to submit either individual papers or panels of two to three papers.

For individual papers, please submit a maximum 250-word abstract. For panel proposals, include a maximum 200-word panel abstract explaining the rationale for the panel. Submissions must be accompanied by at least three keywords and a short biographical statement. The deadline for submissions is 28 December 2018.

Please direct submissions to:

Aaron Armstong, Ludia Bae, Alan Corbiere, Anna Jarvis, James Thomas

via Google form:

For general inquiries:

Twitter: @NewFrontiers19

Accepting Proposals for the 12th Annual
R.F. Harney Graduate Research Conference in
Ethnic and Pluralism Studies
January 31 & February 1, 2019
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
University of Toronto

Established in 2008 and with participants not only from Canada, but the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa, our graduate research conference is recognized as the premier forum for graduate students in the field of ethnic studies to come and present their work.

We welcome students in their Master's or Doctoral programs as well as recent graduates to submit their proposals. We will be presenting awards for the best papers/presentations and featuring the award winners on our website.

Please go to the "Graduate Conference Page" on our website to find more details and submit your proposal through our online form:


Questions? Contact the R.F. Harney Program Administrator:

Momo Kano Podolsky, Program Administrator
R.F. Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies
Collaborative Graduate Specialization in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy | University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place (Trinity Site) Room 064S
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3K7

Twitter: @UTMunkethnic

Information Session for the 49th St. Gallen Symposium and Essay Competition
November 29th 2018
11:30-12:30 PM
W256 Schulich School of Business
RSVP by emailing Anesa Albert at by November 26th

The website for the symposium is

*Valentine Daendliker, a student representative from the Symposium, will talk about the 8-10 May 2019 event in Switzerland and the international essay competition.

The essay competition is open to graduate students from any discipline, and the essay topic seeks creative approaches to a broad economic issue.  This year’s topic and instructions are:
“Is it as good as it gets? - What approach would you suggest to change the current purpose of capital?
Political volatility, environmental issues, precarious labour markets, technological monopolies, managerial and investment short-termism are only a few challenges we face. The time has come to counter excessive short-termism and start doing business as unusual. Think about the status quo and its implications. What would be an idea to change it? Develop projects or actions you would trust in to bring new and expanded purposes to capital and aim for a long-term positive impact. In your essay you should consider how the use of capital (financial, human, social,…) can solve complex challenges and address substantial changes, be it by individuals, civil society, businesses or governments. Your idea must inspire leaders worldwide to take on responsibility and put it into practice. Be bold and develop a truly impactful concept to win our prestigious award.”

Three winners share a monetary prize of CHF 20,000 (approx. 8750 Cdn) and attendance to the symposium.  However, from all who submit essays, the St. Gallen committee will select 100 participants and cover the travel and accommodation expenses of these selected students (flights, their visa, if needed, accommodation and meals).

“The St. Gallen Symposium connects three generations of leaders. … Leaders of Tomorrow are 200 brilliant young minds - all under 30 - from every corner of the world. They attend the symposium to help shape the global intergenerational debate, thus becoming part of a global community that nurtures their friendships, ideas, and initiatives over the long run. … Aspiring Leaders represent the corporate world through potential future executive decision makers and the entrepreneurial environment through founders and executives, who focus on sustainable development of their companies … [and] The Leaders of Today at the St. Gallen Symposium [who] represent companies as well as political and academic institutions from all over the world.”

Within and Against Academic Freedom
Symposium November 23, 2018
11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Women & Gender Studies Institute
University of Toronto
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West (Library)
Register Here

All interested in respectful dialogue are welcome
AF Poster (.pdf)

Shannon Dea
Eve Haque
Peter Ives
Ilan Kapoor
Anver Saloojee
Chelsea Vowel
Johnny Eric Williams
Jasmin Zine
Rinaldo Walcott

The all-day symposium sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto and New College.

Rights of Non-Status Women's Network (RNSWN)
training forum on Access to Housing
November 22, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Registration and Networking
12:30 PM
University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work (246 Bloor St W)

For anyone interested in housing issues in Toronto with respect to non-status families...

Mark your calendars for our next training forum on "Navigating the housing crisis: Training on Access to Housing for Non-Status families"

Tamil Pluralities: Interventions in Sameness in Critical Times
Tamil Studies Symposium 2018 at York University
16 November 2018 || Room 140, HNES Building
17 November 2018 || 152 Founders College (Founders Assembly Hall)
Nov. 18-24 | 'When Memory Lives' Visual Art & Photography Exhibit | Artscape Youngplace

‘Tamilness’ has been described in turn as an ethnic identity, a linguistic identity, a secular one, a nationalist identity, and as one growing out of a resistance to various forms of oppressive or colonial collectivizations. These pluralities of construction and imaginings of Tamil identity present us with possibilities of intervention in the rigidities and sameness that is normalized in contemporary pardigms of nation-state oriented geopolitics.

Grounded in these notions of intervention, the fourth annual Tamil Studies Symposium poses the questions: Can Tamil identity be imagined outside contemporary culture consumption? How does Tamil consciousness productively exceed the limitations of capital and nation-state models? How do Tamils lay the groundwork for mobilizing collectives, and form stable relationships across communities in systemic transformations? As Tamil identity becomes branded through various forms of social media, what forms do these consumable images, narratives take, and why? How do critical discourses emerging in Tamil Studies in the present engage with solidarities with other marginalized, minoritized identities.

Special presentations by:
S. P. Pushpakanthan (Eastern University Batticaloa, Sri Lanka; Cornell University) on Contemporary Visual Art in the North and East of Sri Lanka (3pm on 16 November)
N. Sriskandarajah (Swedish Agricultural University, Uppsala) || Keynote (1pm on 17 November)

The two-day symposium is supported by the York Centre for Asian Research; Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies; James Bennett Financial; Tamil World Initiative; South Asian Legal Clinic Ontario; Council of Agencies Serving South Asians; the Departments of Humanities, English and History; and Tamil community members.

The programme is available in Tamil and English.


Where Memory Lives, an exhibition featuring the works of S. P. Pushpakanthan and Sabes Sugunasabesan will take place between 18-24 November 2018 at Artscape Youngplace.

Organized by the Tamil Symposium Collective with support from: York Centre for Asian Research, James Bennett Financial, South Asian Legal Clinic Ontario, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, and the Department of Humanities

More information: