Speaker Events

Celebrating Black History Month

A collaboration between the Resource Centre for Public Sociology (RCPS) in the Department of Sociology and the Harriet Tubman Institute (HTI)
York University

Tuesday 9 February 2021, 11:30–1:00pm
Register by February 5, Zoom link will be sent out February 8

Professor Joseph Mensah
Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University, Toronto

Social (In)justice, Racism, and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Precarious Entanglement among Blacks in Canada

Since Canada is mostly seen as a White settler society, Blacks are routinely tagged as the binary opposite of the “true” Canadian in many identity-related symbolisms and discourses—especially of the us-versus-them ilk—with other minority groups sandwiched between these polarities. In addition to the symbolic and discursive ways in which this Manichean opposition holds true, it is also actualized at the level of social structure vis-à-vis the relative positions of Whites and Blacks within the Canadian class system. Consider, for example, the 2016 Canadian Census data which showed that the unemployment rate for Blacks stood at 12.5%, whereas the comparable figure for Whites was only 7.3%. Not only do such differentials clarify what scholars of racism mean by racialized class structures, but they also draw attention to questions of how racially differentiated life chances intensify in the context of crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation examines the entanglements of race, space, social (in)justice and the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada with emphasis on Blacks in Toronto, where some reliable race-based data on the pandemic are available. Undoubtedly, other visible minorities face similar challenges as Blacks amidst the pandemic, but the focus here is on anti-Black racism, which is deemed more entrenched and quotidian than cognate versions in Canada.

Dr Joseph Mensah is a Professor and former Chair of Geography at York University. His research focuses on globalization and culture; race, gender, and employment; and African development. He has written several journal articles and contributed chapters to numerous books and encyclopedias. Best known among his publications is Black Canadians: History, Experience, and Social Conditions (Fernwood, 2002, with second edition in 2010). His latest book (co-authored with Christopher Williams) is Boomerang Ethics: How Racism Affects Us All (Fernwood, 2017).

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Inquiries: socrcps@yorku.ca || tubman@yorku.ca


Guest speaker: Dr. Warren Crichlow
York University

(This event is eligible for CRS Certificate and Diploma students)

York University’s Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project, Faculty of Education, and Centre for Refugee Studies present a monthly virtual colloquium series on the intersections of refugee education, anti-Black racism, and COVID-19 in Canada and East Africa.

Through a series of talks, film, and an open-mic event, experts will consider the unique challenges that the twinned pandemics pose to refugee communities and educators in Canada and/or East Africa; highlight the unique knowledge that refugee communities and the educators who work with them bring to learning in situations of constraint; and offer new lenses to make meaning of our current moment.

This colloquium is the first of its kind to feature experts from York University and from institutions that are comprised of or work with refugees in equal measure. Together, this series will: (1) deepen connections among refugee communities, educational leaders, and scholars within and across institutions; (2) foster a sense of reciprocity in learning; (3) recognize and validate the unique expertise that refugee communities bring to time- or resource-constrained situations; and (4) educate all attendees on a range of topics relevant to refugee education, COVID-19, and anti-Black racism.

The colloquium series will be held monthly throughout the academic year at 10:00 AM EDT/5:00 PM EAT.

Zoom link: https://yorku.zoom.us/j/92694835883?pwd=T0w0cloyN1U1ZFVvZGplRjl4MWJ1Zz09 

Historian's Craft Conference with Dr. John Lewis Gaddis, Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University JANUARY 21ST AT 4 PM

The York University GHSA is proud to invite you to a Historian's Craft Conference with Dr. John Lewis Gaddis, Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University, where he teaches courses on the Cold War, grand strategy, biography, and historical methods.

In his conference, Professor Lewis Gaddis will discuss "Trump as History." DATE; THURSDAY, JANUARY 21ST AT 4 PM.

Zoom link: https://yorku.zoom.us/j/99158413465

Dr. Lewis Gaddis is one of the leading authorities on the Cold War and postwar American foreign policy.

His most recent books include The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past (2002), Surprise, Security, and the American Experience (2004), The Cold War: A New History (2005), a new edition of Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of Postwar American National Security Policy (2005), George F. Kennan: An American Life (2011), and On Grand Strategy (2018). Professor Gaddis has received two awards for undergraduate teaching at Yale and the National Humanities Medal and the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for biography.

We are delighted to host Prof. John Jackson Jr. during a virtual webinar experience on Friday Oct 9, 2020

Annual Lecture Oct 2020 poster (.pdf)

Please see details below:

Registration is required, please click on the link


Thank You

Colleen W. Robinson | Administrative Coordinator

Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies | York University
2054D Vari Hall Building, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3
( 416.736.2100 x77788 |  * crobins@yorku.ca  |  : https://anth.laps.yorku.ca/

The Centre for Feminist Research Presents:  Counter Planning from the Nursery: Theorizing Contemporary Childcare Politics

Talk by CFR Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Maud Perrier

Date: Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
Time: 12.30-2.30pm
Location: TBD, York University, 4700 Keele St.

The campaigns to save community nurseries and Mums on Strike movement in Europe, Australia and the US since 2016 suggest a resurgent wave of mobilization around childcare. Moreover, the increasingly large strikes and campaigns of parents and nursery workers in Quebec, Australia and Scotland over pay since 2015 suggests an international labour movement is emerging. Given that childcare labour continues to be some of the lowest paid work in society and is overwhelmingly met by working class women and women of colour, there is an urgent need to theorize 21st century childcare politics from an intersectional feminist perspective. By analysing how workers politicize childcare in the prize winning French nanny killer novel Lullaby (2016), early years teachers’ strikes in Australia and the grassroots organizations providing free childcare and maternal care under austerity in Bristol, UK I build a multifaceted account of the contemporary politics of childcare through an intersectional lens. I argue that in order to understand the politicization of childcare workers today we need to combine sociology’s attentiveness to care as a gendered, classed and racialized subjectivity with social reproduction theory’s vision for transforming the political economy of childcare. To develop this framework I theorize workers’ politicization as the expression of values beyond value (Skeggs, 2014: 16) when those designated as improper subjects refuse to internalize the norm that (child)care is of low value. This framework better reflects the contradictions, difficulties and possibilities of contemporary childcare politics from workers’ differently classed, racialized and gendered perspectives. For example, the Australian early years educators’ strikes illuminates how refusal of a professional identity centred on selflessness – not just the withdrawal of one’s labour- can constitute a potentially dividing strategy, showing how a sociological analysis of selflessness as a classed and racialized subjectivity complicates socialist feminism’s attachment to the politics of refusal. In turn, I show that the modalities of politicization identified across my case studies have classed and racialized dimensions which twenty first century feminism needs to take more seriously to build an intersectional childcare movement and to build solidarities between paid and unpaid maternal workers.

Maud Perrier is a Visiting Researcher in the Centre for Feminist Research at York University. She has a PhD in gender and Women's studies from Warwick University and teaches Sociology at the University of Bristol. She has written about motherhood, class, neoliberalism, care and pedagogy from a feminist perspective and is writing a book called 'Politicizing Childcare: Social Reproduction Feminism and Maternal Workers' with Bristol University Press.

CONSENT WEEK AT YORK U February 10 - 14, 2020 | THE CENTRE for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education | We're Here for YOU.

Monday, February 10
Surviving to Thriving: Healing Sexual Trauma
12:-1:30pm | 305 York Lanes

Tuesday, February 11
Bridging the Generation Gap: talking with your children about Consent
1-2pm |301 York Lanes

Wen-Do Women's Self Defense Workshop
5:30-8:30pm | 280N York Lanes

Wednesday, February 12
Dance like no one is watching!
12-1pm | New Student Centre Studio A
1-2pm | New Student Centre Studio A

Thursday, February 13
Active Bystander Open Session
1-2:30pm | First Student Centre

Friday, February 14
Valentines & Consent Photo Booth
10am-2pm | Vari Hall



A Talk by Dr. Nemoy Lewis
Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

February 7, 2020
626 Kaneff Tower
York University, Keele Campus, Toronto

Dr. Nemoy Lewis received both his BA and MA degree in Geography from the University of Toronto. Dr. Lewis earned his doctoral degree in Human Geography from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 2018. For his doctoral research, Dr. Lewis analyzed the ongoing foreclosures crisis in the United States and how it has affected the lives of racialized people and low-income communities in Chicago, Illinois and Jacksonville, Florida. For his current Postdoctoral Research, Nemoy will explore the growing affordability problems impacting renters in racialized communities since the financialization of the rental markets in Canada and the United States.

SLST Talk  Precarious Ownership of the Internet of Things in the Age of Data | Feb 13th | N745 Ross | 10am

The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT)—Internet-connected software embedded within physical products—has the potential to shift fundamentally traditional conceptions of ownership and the ways people can access, use, and control information. Drawing upon a knowledge regulation framework based on critical data studies, this paper argues that the IoT industry exemplifies the central role that knowledge governance now plays in the global political economy. Companies that own the knowledge integral to the IoT’s functionality (the software) control that knowledge through intellectual property laws, especially copyright, and the ubiquitous surveillance of their customers. The paper examines a new regulatory phenomenon (“bricking”) in which manufacturers remotely disable a product’s functionality and argues that these companies are creating private regulatory programs through copyright law and contractual licensing agreements that grant copyright owners latitude to impose rules governing IoT goods, even after purchase.

Lecture: Refuge Beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers

The R.F. Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy will be holding a lecture on January 30, 2020.

David FitzGerald, (University of California, San Diego) will be featured in our Harney Lecture in Ethnicity, and will be talking about his recent publication in a talk entitled: "Refuge Beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers".

Registration link:

We would appreciate it very much if you could circulate the flyer and/or event URL through your networks.

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

E-mail: ethnic.studies@utoronto.ca


Celebrate with us!

Dear Friends of the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies,

This year our Centre marks both its 30th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Jewish Studies at York University.

We would like to invite you to celebrate these momentous occasions with us on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 5pm at the Centre for Jewish Studies (7th floor of the Kaneff Tower).

Kosher refreshments will be served.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

With best regards,

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

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women | Monday, November 25 to Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Join us as we honour those we have lost and reflect on renewing our commitment to end gender-based violence. Participate in community events and conversations helping to eliminate gendered violence. Register Now.

These events have been made possible through kind collaboration between the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education, the York Federation of Students, the Community Safety Department, the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services, York Federation of Students and the Lassonde School of Engineering.

Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies Lecture and Discussion with Deacon Don Gathers and Rabbi Tom Gutherz: November 18, 2019

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to a lecture and discussion with and between Deacon Don Gathers of the First Baptist Church and Rabbi Tom Gutherz of Congregation Beth Israel, both of Charlottesville, Virginia.

The speakers will address their experiences during the hateful events that took place in Charlottesville two years ago and about how the town's community has come together to counter the hatred expressed by the Unite the Right rally in 2017. Following their presentations, the floor will be open for discussion with the two speakers.

The discussion and Q&A will begin at 5pm on November 18, 2019 in 519 Kaneff Tower, at York University.

Kosher refreshments to follow.

Please RSVP at cjs@yorku.ca.

We look forward to seeing you at this important and moving event!

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

Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education | Trans Awareness Week Speaker | “When We Are Visible” with Stef Sanjati

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: ACW 205
• Please email jthyriar@yorku.ca for any accessibility needs.
You won’t want to miss this event.
Growing up as a transgender woman in a small town and then launching into a career in entertainment and YouTube as a teenager, Stef Sanjati (Twitter, Instagram) discusses the role childhood trauma played in her career choice and perception of success, as well as the nature of the influencer industry and how it can affect the people inside of it who are most visible. This is a talk on isolation, fear, violence, self-image, coping, healing and solutions. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and meet and greet.
Bio: Stef Sanjati is a digital creator who, with her YouTube channel, has navigated all genres of content for over a decade, evolving with the platform. In this ever-changing digital media landscape, she strives to remind both viewers and creators to remain grounded and understand they have value beyond internet fame.
Her most popular content includes informative series about being transgender (both for the community and allies) and stories about her experience with her genetic mutation, Waardenburg Syndrome. Now, she is trying to revive the old way of creating, highlighting improvisation, community, and laughter, while challenging how limiting modern beauty standards can be and encouraging her audience to treat themselves with compassion, kindness, and care.
Keep up with her on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter!

Women Survivors of the Holocaust: a presentation by Prof. Paula David

We are honoured to invite you to a lecture on "Women Survivors of the Holocaust and Their Testimonies" with Dr. Paula David, Professor of Gerontology in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.
Professor David received her doctorate from the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and its Collaborative Program in Aging at the Institute for the Life Course and Aging. Both her area of research and her front-line work focus on issues related to aging Holocaust survivors and the impact of early life trauma on aging. She was Coordinator of the Holocaust Resource Project at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care for over 20 years and has worked extensively with Holocaust survivors, providing group work, individual counselling, and program development. With a background in adult education and community organization, she has developed teaching modules for professional staff working with survivors of genocide and clinical issues of port-traumatic stress disorder.

The presentation will begin at 6:30pm on November 5, 2019 in Accolade Building East, Room 004, at York University.

Kosher refreshments to follow.

Please RSVP below.


We look forward to seeing you there!
Carl S. Ehrlich
Director, Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies

The City Institute at York University is pleased to organize and host:

Building & Strengthening the Relationships Between the City of Toronto & Universities: An Conversation with Dr. Joe Mihevc & Manjit Jheeta

November 8, 2019
626 Kaneff Tower
York University, Keele Campus, Toronto

Dr. Joe Mihevc is currently a Visiting Professor In the Department of Geography. Prior to his appointment here at York, Dr. Mihevc was a city councillor for the City of York and the City of Toronto for 27 years (1991-2018). Among other positions, he has served as Deputy Mayor of the City of York, Chair of the Board of Health, Chair of the Community Development Committee, Chair of the Taskforce on Access and Equity, Vice Chair of the TTC, and Vice Chair of the Budget Committee. He has extensive knowledge and expertise in municipal governance and public policy, public health, community development, community engagement, housing policy, economic development, urban planning and redevelopment, transit planning, and newcomer resettlement.

Manjit Jhettta is the Director of the Toronto Office of Partnerships which actively seeks out strategic partners for initiatives that support programs and services offered by the City and improves the quality of life in Toronto. This office also encourages partnerships by streamlining the review process and finding the most appropriate ‘home’ for them. The division works closely with partnership staff in other City divisions, agencies, boards and commissions and supports existing City partnership activities.

Professor Antje Ellermann (UBC)

Thursday November 7, 2019 4:00 – 6:00 PM Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue

Abstract: Why do states that confront comparable immigration challenges oftentimes adopt remarkably different policy solutions? Why does immigration policy change radically at certain points in time, whilst showing striking resilience at others? This talk presents a theoretical framework for the comparative study of immigration policy making. I argue the capacity of policy makers to turn their immigration preferences into policy is contingent on three types of political insulation. Whereas popular insulation will shield policy makers from public pressure for policy restrictionism, interest group insulation and diplomatic insulation are necessary if policy makers are to enjoy reprieve from demands by domestic lobbies and foreign governments for policy liberalization. Because each type of insulation differs across institutional arenas, immigration policy choices will vary not only across countries but, in contexts where actors can manipulate the institutional locus of policy making, also over time.
Antje Ellermann is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She is also the founder and Co-lead of the UBC Migration Research Excellence Cluster.

Professor Ellermann’s research focuses on the politics of migration and citizenship in liberal democracies. Her book States Against Migrants: Deportation in Germany and the United States (2009) was published with Cambridge University Press. Her work has also appeared in World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Politics & Society, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and West European Politics. Professor Ellermann’s lecture draws from a book manuscript she is completing that theorizes the politics of immigration policy making in liberal democracies. The project is based on case studies of key episodes of immigration reform in Switzerland, Germany, Canada, and the United States from the 1950s to the present.

2019 CJN Prize Awards on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the 2019 CJN Prize Awards on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University.

We will be celebrating the achievements of Jewish Canadian younger writers who have competed for this year’s top prize.

Featured Speaker:
Prof. Julia Creet of York U. - Renowned scholar in Cultural Memory Studies.

Special Guest:
Dana Levenson - On-Air TV personality, formerly with CTV News Toronto.

Please join us for a pre-reception at 6:30pm and dessert reception after the ceremony.

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

Get Tickets!

The Centre for Feminist Research presents: Bearing Witness, Holding Space: Black Caribbean Migrant Women and The Literacies of Belonging | Talk by CFR Visiting Graduate Student and CERLAC Visiting Researcher Warren Harding

Chaired by CFR Director Dr. Enakshi Dua

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: 280A York Lanes, York University, 4700 Keele St
Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible space, gender-neutral & gender-segregated washrooms. York Lanes is not a scent-free environment. FREE event. All are welcome.
Please RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca.
Warren Harding speaks to the ways in which late twentieth-century Black Caribbean migrant women use their creative expressions to develop spaces that interrogate meanings for belonging, both on and beyond the page.

Caribbean women writers and cultural producers enact “bearing witness” and “holding space” as practices that radically transform literary, performative, cultural, and everyday practices of belonging. Interiority, relationality, imagination, materialization, and mobility are integral themes between these women’s gendered, raced, migrant, and Caribbean experiences.

Four questions guide this research: 1) How do Black Caribbean migrant women writers and cultural producers’ embodiments of “bearing witness” and “holding space” create a radical politics of belonging? 2) How do these embodiments expand what it means to belong in spite of heteropatriarchal, anti-Black, nativist, and colonial enactments on the world? 3) How can fieldwork enhance the study of Black women’s literary and cultural productions? 4) How do Black Caribbean migrant women’s experiences reshape the discourses of language and nation between the African and Caribbean diasporas?
Warren Harding is a PhD candidate (ABD) in the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University and a Visiting graduate student with CFR.

While pursuing his PhD, he earned an A.M. in Comparative Literature at Brown through the Open Graduate Education Program and an A.M. in Africana Studies. Warren also earned a B.A. with Honors in Africana Studies and History from Oberlin College where he was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. He is currently conducting fieldwork in Toronto on twentieth-century Black Anglophone Caribbean migrant women in Toronto where he is researching the Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection at the Toronto Public Library and conducting interviews with Black Caribbean migrant women writers, publishers, and performers in Toronto.

Co-Sponsors: Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples at York University.

Join the Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education as we raise awareness about consent during Consent Week at York U from October 7 to 11, 2019

Attend workshops, guest lectures and training happening at both Keele & Glendon campuses for students, staff and faculty.

Visit and receive free promotional items from The Centre at the Upper Bear Pit on Keele Campus all week.

CONSENT WEEK AT YORK U  go.yorku.ca/consent-week

Monday Oct. 7
Consent is ________
Photobooth Art Installation
12 noon – 4 p.m. | Outside Scott Library

Drawing the Line: Art
Therapy Workshop*
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | 280A York Lanes

Tuesday Oct. 8
A Conversation with Intimacy
Director Siobhan Richardson
12 noon – 1 p.m. | Vari Hall 1152A
Exploring Consent with
Design Thinking
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | 213 Bergeron

Weds Oct. 9
Talking to Children about their
bodies and Safety
12 noon – 1 p.m. | 303 Founders College

Let’s Talk About Sex!
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. | 303 Founders College

Learning to Bead & Discussing
Navigating Consent Online*
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | 301 York Lanes
(The Centre for Sexual Violence
Response, Support & Education)

Thurs Oct. 10
Building Consent in the
Workplace Workshop
12 noon – 1 p.m. | 626 Kaneff Tower

Active Bystander Training Session
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | 307 Student Centre

Fri Oct. 11
Women’s Soccer
YU Lions vs. Laurier Golden Hawks
11 a.m. | Alumni Field

Men’s Soccer
YU Lions vs. Laurier Golden Hawks
1:15 p.m. | Alumni Field

*Please register for these
events before spots fill up by
emailing thecentre@yorku.ca

Presentation by Stephen Bezruchka, MD, MPH School of Public Health, University of Washington | Friday, September 6, 10 AM, 280N York Lanes | The U.S.A. Health Decline: Lessons for Canada

The USA is one of two nations on the planet this century seeing a rise in premature mortality and an absolute decline in life expectancy. The other is Syria. These data will be examined within the context of the societal structures and processes responsible for them. Could Canada be next?

Stephen Bezruchka, M.D. MPH, was born and raised in Toronto, and received his B.Sc. in mathematics and physics from the University of Toronto and M.A. in mathematics from Harvard University before completing medical school at Stanford University. He then received an MPH in public health from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Bezruchka worked for many years as an emergency physician and now teaches in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. He directs the Population Health Forum and is on the board of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility where he co-chairs the Economic Inequity Health Task Force.

Selected publications:
Bezruchka, S. (2010). Health equity in the USA:[Paper in themed section: Population Health in the 21st Century. Bryant, T. and Raphael, D. (eds).]. Social Alternatives, 29(2), 50.

Bezruchka, S. (2012). American Experiences. In D. Raphael (Ed.), Tackling Inequalities in Health: Lessons from International Experiences (pp. 33-62). Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press.

Bezruchka, S. (2012). The Hurrider I Go the Behinder I Get: The Deteriorating International Ranking of US Health Status. Annual Review of Public Health, 33, 157-173.

Bezruchka, S. (2015). Early Life or Early Death: Support for Child Health Lasts a Lifetime. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 6(2), 204-229.

Bezruchka, S. (2019). Epidemiological Approaches to Public Health. In T. Bryant, D. Raphael & M. Rioux (Eds.), Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care (3rd ed., pp. 4-37). Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press Inc.

SASSL's 'The Artist's Way' 12-Week Series Info & Invite | June 19 to August 28th 6-8pm

EVENT INFO: A space for women & non-binary people to develop personal creative projects based on their artistic discipline such as playwriting, poetry, novel-writing. The principles and activities in the series will follow Julia Cameron's 'The Artist's Way'. In keeping with Cameron's well-known book, we will meet downtown 1-2 times over the course of 12 weeks to visit museum exhibitions and go on 'artist dates'.
This is a 12-week series open to both students and community members. The workshops will become closed after the 2nd week.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Vegetarian & gluten-free options.


Fill out the brief Google below to register:

LOCATION DETAILS: Room 344 of the New Student Centre. Location is wheelchair accessible, with a an elevator directly across the hall. Single-use gender-neutral washrooms will be available on the same floor. In keeping with Cameron's book, please note that we will meet downtown 1-2 times over the course of 12 weeks to visit museum exhibitions.
ACCESSIBLY INFO: Location is wheelchair accessible, with a an elevator directly across the hall. Single-use gender-neutral washrooms will be available on the same floor. ASL and childminding available upon request via the Google registration form. Vegetarian & gluten-free food options available. Peer-support will be available during and after the event. Please indicate any other access needs you may have also via registration (Ex. mental health triggers, light stimulation, dietary restrictions). Note: this is a low-scent space - please refrain from wearing scented products as much as possible when accessing this space.
FACILITATOR INFO: Sidrah Laldin is a writer/filmmaker/facilitator who is passionate about using works created by cis/trans women and women-centered stories to teach creative writing and filmmaking. She has worked as a community-based artist for the last fifteen years, offering workshops to youth and women of colour on digital storytelling and creative writing. As a theatre artist, she is the co-founder and artistic director of a Toronto-based theatre company, Afsah Theatre, which has the mandate to develop, produce, and support voices of Canadian artists and communities with ties to Muslim-majority regions.

ABOUT THE BOOK: The Artist's Way provides a twelve-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self. It dispels the 'I'm not talented enough' conditioning that holds many people back and helps you unleash your own inner artist. Its step-by-step approach will enable you to: start out on your own path to creativity, dissolve the barriers that prevent your creative impulse from finding expression, use your rediscovered talents in whatever way you wish, learn that it is never too late to start fulfilling your dreams.

You can access the Facebook event here:


Workshop: Natural Kinds in Cognitive Science- June 27 and 28th 2019

This exciting inter-disciplinary workshop will be bringing together a dynamic group of researchers from philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience, which focuses on cognitive ontology. The workshop is titled, “Natural Kinds in Cognitive Science,” and it examines the basic categories that describe and explain the workings of the mind-brain, such as belief, emotion, and memory.  The workshop will take place in Ross S 421 in the Department of Philosophy, on June 27-28.  Further details can be found below and at the workshop website, which will be updated with a detailed schedule in the coming weeks:https://cognitivekinds.wordpress.com/

The workshop is open to the public and all members of the York community are very welcome to attend.  We particularly welcome participation from graduate students in all related disciplines. Please circulate this notice widely and please direct any questions to Dylan Ludwig (dylan.m.ludwig@gmail.com).

Workshop description and presenters:
What is the status of natural kinds in cognitive science? While philosophers have long been interested in natural kinds in physics, chemistry, and biology, and have recently become interested in human kinds in the social sciences, there is still little work on the nature and status of natural kinds in cognitive science as such. This is surprising, given contemporary debates on the nature of (and in some cases existence of): concepts, working memory, episodic memory, heuristics and biases, reasoning, innateness, emotion, and belief. Are these debates about natural kinds? Should we expect to find natural kinds in the cognitive domain?

This conference aims at bringing together scholars from philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience, to advance our understanding of natural kinds in cognitive science by addressing questions such as:

· How plausible is it that there are natural kinds in cognitive science?

· What are the plausible candidates for natural kindhood in neuroscience, psychiatry, and psychology?

· Which contemporary account(s) of natural kinds best capture natural kinds in cognitive science?

· How are natural kinds in cognitive science different from and similar to natural kinds in physics, chemistry, or biology (on the one hand) and human kinds in the social sciences (on the other)?

· What is the relation between natural kinds in cognitive science and other scientific domains?

List of presenters, affiliations, and presentation titles:

- Sara Aronowitz (Princeton), "Process/Representation Individuation"
- Daniel Burnston (Tulane), “A Plea for Task Ontology”
- David Colaço (Pittsburgh), "What Counts as a Memory?"
- Javier Gomez Lavin (Pennsylvania), "Working Memory Is Not a Natural Kind"
- Dan Kelly & Stephen Setman (Purdue), “Too Many Kinds? Special Science Autonomy,
Homeostatic Property Clusters, and the Proliferation of Natural Kinds”
- Joshua Mugg (Park), “Belief as a Natural Kind?”
- Dale Stevens (York), “Are Objects Hardwired in the Brain?”
- Jacqueline Sullivan (Western), “Translational Cognitive Neuroscience
and Collaborative Kinds”
- Maggie Toplak (York), “Longitudinal Development of Cognitive Biases,
Cognitive Abilities and their Association”

The workshop is made possible by the generous support of the Department of Philosophy and Cognitive Science Program, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, the Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation, and the Office of the Provost.

Best regards,
Muhammad Ali Khalidi

Muhammad Ali KhalidiDepartment of Philosophy and Cognitive Science Program
York University4700 Keele StreetToronto, ON  M3J 1P3 (416) 736-5113


Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo lecture at York University | Monday, 3 June 2019 | 4 to 6pm | Room 519, Fifth Floor, Kaneff Tower, York University

The York Centre for Asian Research is pleased to host Filipino historian, Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo, as part of his Lecture Series in North America in celebration of the 121st anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence and the inaugural Filipino Heritage Month in June throughout Canada.

Dr. Ocampo will speak on Philippine history, in an entertaining style. Who says History is boring?  As Dr. Ocampo said in one of his interviews: "When people tell me history is boring, I often reply that they had the misfortune of having a bad history teacher. How can history be boring if it is about life and people that have relevance to us?"

The event is open to all and admission is free.  However, registration is required at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSffpE6ZraD88652_pAaD0rKM8tA0yD-wvgR0KcaXrqN2V6nhg/viewform.

Ambeth R. Ocampo is a public historian whose research covers the late nineteenth-century Philippines: its art, culture and the people who figure in the birth of the nation.

He is Associate Professor and former Chairman of the Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University. He served as Chairman, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (2005-2007) and Chairman, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (2002-2011), and as President of the Philippine Historical Association.

He has published over 30 books, writes a widely read editorial page column for the Philippines Daily Inquirer, and moderates a growing Instagram and Facebook fan page.

Professor Ocampo’s visit is organized by the Philippine Consulate General and the lecture is presented with their support.

The Institute of Medical Science presents: UofT Talks- Destination Health: Unpacking the Migrant Experience

As Canada welcomes new migrants from around the world, how can we ensure that we’re well equipped to meet their healthcare needs? Join UofT Talks for an open discussion about the experiences of migrants in Canada, their journeys through the healthcare system, and what we can do to improve.

Hosted by Nicholas Keung, reporter at the Toronto Star, this event will feature speakers from the University of Toronto, CAMH, Women’s College Hospital, COSTI, and North York Community House. Visit www.uofttalks.ca for more information.

June 20th, 2019 | 6-9 pm

Innis Town Hall Theatre
2 Sussex Ave, Toronto ON, M5S 1J5

Tickets available at www.uofttalks.ca

UofT Talks aims to promote inter-disciplinary learning and networking through a symposium catered to everyone within all four School of Graduate Studies (SGS) divisions- Humanities, Social Science, Life Science, and Physical Sciences.


SATURDAY, MAY 25th / TIME: 2:00PM – 4:30PM
The 519 Church Street Community Centre 519 Church Street, Toronto
Room# 106 – Eastroom South

This roundtable discussion brings together workers, activists, and academics to understand the phenomenon of precarious employment, which is widely prevalent in the world today, including in Ontario. This discussion will relate precarity to policies of different governments, trade union interventions, and the nature of contemporary capitalism. It will also address the ways in which workers, trade unionists, academics, students, and activists can collaborate to understand precarity and fight it.

Underlying the discussion is the recognition that the Province may only be at the beginning of an impending stream of harmful policies and that these policies must face intensive struggles.

Speakers Include:

Jordan House, TAWC Organizer Josh Dumont, Political Activist Simon Black, Brock University
Steven Tufts, York University, TAWC Spokesperson
Yavar Khan Qadri, Airport Worker, Poet and TAWC Activist

…and more workers, activists, and academics!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact: Raju Das (rajudas@yorku.ca) and Robert Latham (rlatham1@yorku.ca)

Cultural and Artistic Practices for Environmental and Social Justice (CAP), Faculty of Environmental Studies, A Different Booklist Cultural Centre and CERLAC York University present "Traditional knowledge, the Kwéyòl language and public policy in the small nation state"

A talk by Bert Charles, Chairperson, Msgr. Patrick Antony, Folk Research Centre, Saint Lucia
7pm, Thursday, May 9, 2019
A Different Booklist Cultural Centre,779 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5S 1Z5

Embert Charles is the Chairperson and former Director of the Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre (FRC) of Saint Lucia. For more than a decade he has been at the forefront of the movement to research, document and teach about the traditional and vernacular culture of St Lucia and the eastern Caribbean. His published and unpublished work focuses on cultural development, communications and the use of Saint Lucian Kwéyòl language.
The Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre (FRC), St Lucia, Caribbean is a principal vernacular cultural institution of the Caribbean. Since 1973, this NGO has inventoried, encouraged and promoted the role of popular culture as a vehicle for change.The FRC is also at the forefront of the KWEYOL language movement, and has created what has become the largest popular cultural festival in Saint Lucia – Jounen Kwéyòl.

The Faculty of Education at York University and The TDSB Urban Indigenous Education Centre cordially invite you to the WAABAN INDIGENOUS TEACHER EDUCATION LAUNCH

Thursday, May 2, 2019 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Speeches 4:15 - 5:30 p.m.

Reception 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

featuring a keynote by Elder Mona Stonefish

Urban Indigenous Education Centre 16 Phin Avenue, TO | Auditorium

Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by Wednesday April 24th at: https://bit.ly/2UTV9Fc

The Centre for Feminist Research Presents: Second Annual Indigenous Women’s Speakers’ Series Event  Politics, Knowledge, Ecology, Culture
Featuring Indigenous scholars Drs. Deborah McGregor (York University), Cheryl Suzack (University of Toronto) and Karyn Recollet (University of Toronto)
Panel moderator Dr. Elaine Coburn (York University)

Each panelist will speak about her scholarship, followed by a moderated conversation on the themes of politics, knowledge ecology and culture. The panel will end with an audience Q&A.

About the event:

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019
Time: 2.30-4.30pm
Location: 519 Kaneff Tower, York University
Accessibility: Accessible space. Wheelchair-accessible and gender-neutral bathroom nearby. Wayfinding signs will be posted. Everyone welcome.
Click here for directions to York University.
Link to Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2037541532965752/
RSVP to: juliapyr@yorku.ca

About the panelists:

Deborah McGregor (Anishinaabe from Whitefish River First Nation) is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Her research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, forest policy and management, and sustainable development. Her research has been published in a variety of national and international journals and she has delivered numerous public and academic presentations relating to Indigenous knowledge systems, governance and sustainability. She co-edited Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy: Insights for a Global Age with Mario Blaser, Ravi De Costa and William Coleman (2010) and she is co-editor (with Alan Corbiere, Mary Ann Corbiere and Crystal Migwans) of the Anishinaabewin conference proceedings series.

Karyn Recollet is Assistant Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.  She is an urban Cree scholar/writer whose work focuses on urban Indigenous arts praxis in relationship to complex forms of urban glyphing- expressing an understanding of land pedagogies that exceed the terrestrial. Recollet's work focuses on gestures and bundling to map out Indigenous futurist thought and relational practices of being.

Cheryl Suzack (Batchewana First Nations) is Associate Professor in the Department of English, at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on Indigenous law and literature, with a particular emphasis on writing by Indigenous women. In her book, Indigenous Women's Writing and the Cultural Study of Law, she explores how Indigenous women's writing from Canada and the United States addresses case law concerning tribal membership, intergenerational residential school experiences, and land claims. Her current project analyzes Justice Thurgood Marshall's papers in the context of Indian civil rights claims from the 1960s. She is a co-editor (with Greig Henderson and Simon Stern) of “The Critical Work of Law and Literature,” University of Toronto Quarterly (Fall 2013) and a co-editor and contributor (with Shari Huhndorf, Jeanne Perreault, and Jean Barman) to the award-winning collection, Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture (UBC 2010). Professor Suzack is cross-appointed to Indigenous Studies. In January 2018, she was a Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University.

Co-Sponsors: Glendon Indigenous Council, the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, the Department of Politics, Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Department of Social Justice Education at OISE, UofT.

The Department of Politics invites you to A job talk by Dorit Geva, Associate Professor, Central European University, Budapest | Monday 1 April 2019 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Verney Room, South 674 Ross Bldg | York University

Shifting from analysis of the passions fueling radical-right populism in France, to examination of middle-class complicity buttressing a radical rightwing regime in Hungary, this talk will show how the European radical right is creatively transforming itself in the twenty-first century. The talk will consider, i) The ideological complexity of the European radical right; and ii) Some comparative trajectories of the new radical right, focusing on Hungary’s rapid post-socialist marketization as it unfolded in the neoliberal era, along with the rise of Hungary’s new middle class and a nationalist bourgeoisie, versus the French National Front’s position within a post-imperial nation-state in a mature capitalist market society. With this comparative sweep, the talk will propose some directions for further analysis of radical-right politics in Europe and beyond.
Dorit Geva is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University. She holds a PhD in Sociology from New York University. Geva is a feminist political sociologist with a strong focus on comparative methods, political and social theory, and qualitative methods, and whose work maintains a deep engagement with the history of modernity and the global political order. Her comparative book on the gender politics of military service and state development in France and the United States was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013, and she has published in the American Journal of Sociology, Polity, Politics and Society, Social Politics, and various other journals.

Queer City: a Gathering to Build Support, Community, and Action | March 25th | 5:30-8:30pm @ the Absinthe Pub

There is currently no space, club, or events at York for queer graduate students. The bureaucratic structure of FGS does not allow for the ratification of a cross-faculty grad student only club, despite representing the interest of roughly 6,000 of us. For this reason, I am throwing the first of two events funded by FGS's Graduate Student Wellness Initiative Fund:

It is hosted by the bureaucratically-unratifiable and (currently) one-person Queer Graduate Student Caucus.

Further details are in the attached poster. I encourage all students to announce this event in their classes, share the event on social media, and to spread the word as much as possible. Any questions can be directed to qgscyork@gmail.com or curryj@yorku.ca.

Academia is a notoriously heteronormative space, and even in 'progressive'-minded institutions and faculties, queer students do not have enough opportunities to network with each other, socialize, commiserate, support, and find queer academic mentors. This event is a step towards a powerful, visible, unabashed community of queer junior scholars.

I hope to see many at the event!

Janelle Curry
MA (candidate) in Social Anthropology (York University)
Vice-President of the Social Anthropology Graduate Association
Founder of the Queer Graduate Student Caucus

Annual Ioan Davies Lecture | March 25 at 4pm in Atkinson College's Harry Crowe Room presented by the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture | York University

The speaker, Prof. Elizabeth Wissinger of the City University of New York, is an internationally known scholar in the area of critical fashion studies and her talk on "Glamour Labour in the Post-Digital Age" might be of interest to students and faculty members.

Looking forward to seeing you!


Prof. Steve Bailey
Graduate Program Director,
York-Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture,
Faculty of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor
Department of Humanities


Voices from Below: Socially Engaged Art in Contemporary China
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 11:30 AM -1:30 PM |Room 626, Sixth Floor, Kaneff Tower, York University

The lecture concerns the potential of socially engaged art as a critical and creative response to the many downsides of China’s top-down, pro-urban, and profit-driven social transformations. By analyzing various projects of engagement and intervention launched by contemporary Chinese art professionals, it demonstrates the possibility of individuals as agents of social critiques and changes by carrying out small-scale work at grassroots level. The lecture highlights the practical, transformative, and activating power of art for social criticism, place construction, and personal development.

Meiqin Wang is a professor of Art at California State University Northridge. Her research focuses on contemporary art from China in the context of commercialization and urbanization of the Chinese world. She has written numerous articles on topics of art and cultural industries, art and urbanization, and socially engaged art. She is an author of Socially Engaged Art in Contemporary China: Voices from Below (New York: Routledge, 2019) & Urbanization and Contemporary Chinese Art (New York: Routledge, 2016).

This talk is organized by Hong KAL (Department of Visual Art and Art History, York University).

This talk is presented by the Korean Office for Research and Education (KORE) funded by the Academy of Korean Studies. It is co-presented by the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) at York University.

Please send inquiries to kore@yorku.ca

The Living Past: Disaster, Trauma, and Visual Art in East Asia
Thursday, March 28, 2019 | Kaneff Tower, York University

This workshop brings scholars together who are working on issues around visual representations of disaster and trauma in East Asia. It seeks to contribute to an understanding of how visual media (including painting, film, photography, memorial statue, and multi-media art) are used to respond to catastrophe and trauma associated with Asia-Pacific Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, and other socio-environmental violence and injustices in China, Japan and South Korea. How does the visual participate in coming to terms with the living past, in reconciling with what is irreconcilable, and in demanding a presentation that is often unpresentable?

10:00am to 12:00pm | 830 Kaneff Tower

Meiqin Wang (California State University Northridge)
“Documenting Social and Environmental Injustices in Contemporary China: Visual Images as Forms of Civic Participations”

Tomoe Otsuki (University of California, Berkeley)
“A Critical Inquiry of the Symbolism of the Child and the Notion of Futurity: The Statue Sun Child in Fukushima and the Dystopian Literature in Post-Fukushima Japan.”

Jooyeon Rhee (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
“Searching for Homeland: Cinematic Representation of Korean-Japanese (Zainichi) in North Korea and Japan”

12:30pm to 2:30pm | 830 Kaneff Tower

Vicki Kwon (University of Alberta)
“Connecting Vietnam and Jeju: South Korean art and Activism Remembering the Vietnam War”

Sara Osenton (University of Toronto)
“Recasting Bodily Memory: Self-Production of Japanese Disabled Veterans’ Image”

Hong Kal (York University)
“The Portrait of Wrongful Deaths in South Korea”

3:00pm to 5:00pm | 519 Kaneff Tower

Gi-Wook Shin (Stanford University)
Keynote: “Historical Injustice in Northeast Asia: Can We Move Forward?”

This talk is organized by Hong Kal (Department of Visual Art and Art History, York University)
This event is presented by the Korean Office for Research and Education (KORE) at York University funded by the Academy of Korean Studies. It is co-presented by the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) at York University.
Please send inquiries to kore@yorku.ca

Domestic Labour Migration Policy Networks and their Implications for Asian Labour Sending Nations
Thursday, 4 April 2019 | 1:30pm to 3pm | room 626, Sixth Floor, Kaneff Tower | York University

The characteristics of domestic policy networks of Asian labour sending nations can provide vital information on a country’s stance on labour migration governance. Richa’s research takes the cases on Nepal and the Philippines, as two distinct Asian labour sending nations, to explore the role and characteristics of the different actors in the domestic migration sector to understand the policy outcomes.

Richa Shivakoti is a migration policy researcher with a PhD in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore and a dual Masters in Public Affairs and Political Science from Indiana University. Her research interests include the different facets of the migration-development nexus including international labour migration, remittance, forced migration, gender and Asian migration governance.

She is currently working on migration governance indicators and frameworks for the International Organization for Migration. She is also affiliated with the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University and is a New Scholar Associate at the Centre for Global Social Policy at University of Toronto. Previously, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at Maastricht University and the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) in the Netherlands and has also been affiliated with various academic institutions in Nepal, Singapore and the United States.

All are welcome!

This event is organized by Ethel Tungohan, the Canada Research Chair in Canadian Migration Policy, Impacts and Activism and hosted by the York Centre for Asian Research and the Global Labour Research centre at York University.

Synergies between Chinese and Western Medicine in Hong Kong and Beyond: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Friday, 26 April 2019 | 10am to 3pm | Room 519, Fifth Floor, Kaneff Tower | York University

This will be the inaugural workshop on the topic of Hong Kong to be held in conjunction with the annual endowed Luk Memorial Lecture. The purpose of the workshop is to enable invited speakers to more fully share their expertise with the Toronto community in a workshop setting, and to bring Canadian and North American scholars into sustained conversation with the speakers on topics of current and global concern.
This inaugural workshop highlights Hong Kong’s pivotal role in one of the most important developments in the field of medicine today: the integration between what have been construed as “traditional Chinese” and “modern Western” medicine. Questioning the validity of this rigid dichotomy, the workshop focuses instead on the historical and contemporary synergies between Chinese and biomedical approaches to healing and the body.
The workshop is inspired by the work of Dr. Vivian Taam Wong, a leader in the establishment of the field of integrative medicine in Hong Kong, and the invited speaker for the 2019 Luk Memorial Lecture. Together with Dr. Taam Wong, workshop participants will examine the topic of integrative Chinese and Western medicine from two perspectives: scholarly research on the history of the relationship between Chinese medicine and Western biomedicine, and the current clinical practice of integrative medicine in Hong Kong. These participants include preeminent experts on various aspects of Chinese medicine from Hong Kong, Canada, and the United States. Collectively, they will rethink the historical interplay between scientific biomedicine and Chinese medicine, and explore new possibilities in the medical field in both Hong Kong and the West today.
Panel One | Historical Perspectives on Integrative Medicine in China
The Development of Integrative Medicine in China
Vivian Taam Wong, School of Chinese Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong
Acupuncture Research in the Making of Modern Pain Medicine
Bridie Andrews, Department of History, Bentley University
Integrating Western Medicine into Traditional Chinese Formularies: The Case of New Collection of Proven Prescriptions (Yanfang xinbian 驗方新編), 1846-1955
Joan Judge, Department of History, York University
Panel Two | Integrative Medicine in Canada: Historical Perspectives and Future Directions
Traditional Chinese Medicine in Canada
Heather Boon, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto.
Integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western Medicine for Optimal Health in Canada
Angela M. Cheung, Incoming KY and Betty Ho Chair of Integrative Medicine, University of Toronto; Integrative Medicine Program, University Health Network
The workshop will be followed by the Third Bernard H. K. Luk Memorial Lecture in Hong Kong Studies -- Medicine from China: Culture and Science with Vivian Taam Wong, Honourary Professor, School of Chinese Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong.
All are welcome.
Please RSVP to ycar@yorku.ca by 20 April 2019.

Dalit and Muslim Persecution in India: History & Current Politics
Saturday April 6, 2019 | 6:30pm |Auditorium, Noor Cultural Centre | 123 Wynford Drive, Toronto

This event will explore the history and current politics of anti-Dalit and anti-Muslim persecution in India, including the connections between the two as well as with other forms of marginalization in the region.

The programme includes a documentary screening and discussion with:

Professor Chinnaiah Jangam, Department of History, Carleton University
His research and writing is focused on the intellectual history of Dalits, particularly their engagement with colonialism, nationalism and Christianity.

Sanober Umar, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, Queen’s University
Her work examines internal ‘border making’ processes for Muslim minorities within post-Colonial India, and the smokescreen of secularism in India’s ‘liberal democracy’ between 1947 and 1993.

The event is co-sponsored by:
Centre for South Asian Civilizations – University of Toronto
Muslim Societies, Global Perspectives – Queen’s University
York Centre for Asian Research – York University
Jamhoor (independent media platform)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2239732182966031/

Race, Class and Intersectionality: Identity, Marxism and the Stakes of Recent Debates
A talk by Barbara Foley, Distinguished Professor,
Rutgers University, Newark
March 20, 2019 | 14:30 - 16:30
Verney Room, South 674 Ross, York University

While "intersectionality" has brought to the fore matters relating to gender, sexuality,(dis)ability, and religious affiliation, Professor Foley will focus on those ramifications of the relationship between race and class that connect up with debates between Marxism and identitarianism. Key issues/terms that will be covered and/or interrogated include: black radicalism and the black radical tradition; blackness and anti-blackness; whiteness, white supremacy and white privilege;  racial capitalism; racial contract; classism.

Barbara Foley is Distinguished Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark. Her areas of scholarly expertise include US literary radicalism, African American literature and Marxist theory. Her most recent book is Marxist Literary Criticism Today (Pluto Books, 2019). Starting in the early 1970s, she has a long history of activism in anti-racist, feminist and anti-imperialist movements. She served as President of the Radical Caucus in the Modern Language Association for two decades; she currently serves on the editorial board and manuscript collective of Science & Society.

Globalization and Democracy ‘from below’:
Organizing Democracy at the
World Social Forum
A Talk by
Dr. Micha Fiedlschuster
DAAD Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, York University
Tuesday, March 12, 3 pm
Vari Hall 2101, Department of Sociology

The World Social Forum, which has taken place regularly since 2001, is an experiment of democratic social movement organizing in a global context. From a political sociology perspective and drawing insights from democratic thought, Micha Fiedlschuster critically engages with the organizational process of the World Social Forum and its internal power dynamics. Organizers and participants struggle to reconcile their democratic ambitions with organizational necessities and the participants’ differing cultural and socio-economic background and diverging organizational preferences for mobilizing for social change. Fiedlschuster contends that the WSF offers valuable lessons for both the sociology of transnational social movements and democratic theory because it provides insights in the application of the concept of participatory democracy at the transnational level.

Bio - Micha Fiedlschuster holds a Dr. Phil. in Global Studies from Leipzig University. He is currently a DAAD visiting Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Politics at York University in Toronto. His research interests include concepts of democracy, democracy promotion by international actors, and transnational social movements. His book “Globalization, EU Democracy Assistance and the World Social Forum: Concepts and Practices of Democracy” was published in 2018 in the Palgrave Series European Political Sociology.

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

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

Free and Open to the Public
Piano works presented and performed

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:

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

• 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
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
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

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

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


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
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


Lunch served. Please RSVP bit.ly/3CritFem

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

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

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

In partnership with the Office of Alumni Engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poster (.pdf)

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

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

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

City Seminar Poster November 8 (.pdf)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

How to join

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

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

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

UK: +44 (0) 20 3695 0088

More international numbers available

Meeting ID: 936 963 669

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Light refreshments will be served. RSVP not required.

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


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

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

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