Category Archives: What we’re thinking/reading/doing (IFLS blog)

What’s interesting these days?

Round table discussion: Crimes of Honour

Crimes of Honour: The Interplay of Culture, Religion, and Law.

At the OBA, presented by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation

A round-table discussion with Dr. Naila Butt, Executive Director, Social Services Network Dr. Anna C. Korteweg, Ass. Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs Dr. Mohammed Baobaid, Executive Director, The Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) Gillian Blackell, Senior Counsel, Department of Justice Canada Shelley Saywell, award-winning Director & Filmmaker Moderated by Dr. Ayman Al-Yassini, Executive Director, CRRF
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 – 5:45-7:30 pm
ONTARIO BAR ASSOCIATION
Grand Salon – 2nd Floor
20 Toronto St, Toronto, Ontario, M5C 2B8
FREE ADMISSION ♦ REFRESHMENTS ♦ RSVP: events@crrf-fcrr.ca

New(ish) When Biometrics Fail: Gender, Race, and the Technology of Identity

It’s spring, and that means I’m getting emails and other messages about “what to read this summer”.    I will be posting more than a few New In Print (published w/in last 12 months) books to the blog over the next few weeks. Got ideas? Send them to me.

Here’s the first. When Biometrics Fail: Gender, Race, and the Technology of Identity, by Asst Prof. Shoshana Amielle Magnet, Institute of Women’s Studies/Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa.

By focusing on the moments when biometrics fail, Magnet shows that the technologies work differently, and fail to function more often, on women, people of color, and people with disabilities.

 

  • Acknowledgments  ix
    Introduction. Imagining Biometric Security  1
    1. Biometric Failure  19
    2. I-Tech and the Beginnings of Biometrics  51
    3. Criminalizing Poverty: Adding Biometrics to Welfare  69
    4. Biometrics at the Border  91
    5. Representing Biometrics  127
    Conclusion. Biometric Failure and Beyond  149
    Appendix  159
    Notes  165
    Bibliography  171
    Index  199

Friday March 23 Book Launch: Reconsidering Knowledge: Feminism and the Academy, ++

Meg Luxton and Mary Jane Mossman (eds) will launch this IFLS/CFR sponsored collection tomorrow March 23, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  FSCR (Founders 305) at York University.  This book “examines current ideas about feminism in relation to knowledge, education and society, and the future potential for feminist research and teaching in the university context.” Click on the image to order through Fernwood.

Contents of Reconsidering Knowledge: Introduction (Mary Jane Mossman and Meg Luxton) • Part One: Feminism and the Academy: Revealing the “Other” • Feminism and the Academy: Transforming Knowledge? (Meg Luxton) • Cartographies of Knowledge and Power: Transnational Feminism as Radical Praxis (M. Jacqui Alexander & Chandra Talpade Mohanty) • Sexual Diversity in Cosmopolitan Perspective (Elisabeth Young-Bruehl) • Part Two: Feminism and the Academy: (Re)Engaging the “Knowledge Revolution” • Universities Upside Down: The Impact of the New Knowledge Economy (Margaret Thornton) • The University on-the-Ground: Reflections on the Canadian Experience (Janice Newson) • Part Three: Feminism and the Academy: Remembering History/ Recalling Resistance • Bluestockings and Goddesses: Writing Feminist Cultural History (Ann Shteir) • Feminism, Ecological Thinking and the Legacy of Rachel Carson (Lorraine Code) •

Click on the image to order the book from Fernwood Publishing.

Another book I’m interested in these days in the same general area (women, the academy, race, class) Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia Edited by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. González, Angela P. Harris Utah State UP.   You can read the introduction (Gonzalez & Harris) here, on SSRN.  I’m still looking for a table of contents, but the book has 40 contributors and is divided into five parts – General Campus Climate; Faculty-Student Relationships; Networks of Allies; Social Class in Academia; Tenure and Promotion.

Presumed Incompetent is a pathbreaking account of the intersecting roles of race, gender, and class in the working lives of women faculty of color. Through personal narratives and qualitative empirical studies, more than 40 authors expose the daunting challenges faced by academic women of color as they navigate the often hostile terrain of higher education, including hiring, promotion, tenure, and relations with students, colleagues, and administrators. The narratives are filled with wit, wisdom, and concrete recommendations, and provide a window into the struggles of professional women in a racially stratified but increasingly multicultural America.  (from the publisher)

 

Siren Call: New feminist student mag at Trinity College (Dublin)

Irish Content for St. Patrick’s Day!

Trinity is a school with a connection to Osgoode – we have an exchange program operating between the two schools. Jean Sutton, one of the co editors of this magazine, was over here last year. She’s been busy since. Have a look:

Trinity College School of Law (SCOIL AN DLÍ) looks slightly idyllic (I’m writing from Toronto in March, mind you). For instance, here is the Trinity College Library:
And as if that wasn’t enough, two former Presidents of Ireland Mary Robinson (former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights) and Mary McAleese were Faculty Members at TCD, and Ivana Bacik, current Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology (once held by both the Mary’s mentioned above) is an elected Irish Senator, self described as “a radical new left-wing and feminist voice in the Seanad” (she’s on leave from the school at the moment, of course).
Please book my ticket when you have a moment.

March 23 Book Launch: Reconsidering Knowledge: Feminism and the Academy

 

Come and join York Feminist scholars and students at the book launch for the IFLS/CFR sponsored project

Reconsidering Knowledge: Feminism and the Academy, Edited by Meg Luxton & Mary Jane Mossman

March 23, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  FSCR (Founders 305)

How has feminist thinking shaped what we know? Emerging from the lecture series “Feminist Knowledge Reconsidered: Feminism and the Academy,” held at York University in 2009, Reconsidering Knowledge examines current ideas about feminism in relation to knowledge, education and society, and the future potential for feminist research and teaching in the university context. Connecting early stories of women who defied their exclusion from knowledge creation to contemporary challenges for feminism in universities, this collection assesses how feminist knowledge has influenced dominant thinking and transformed teaching and learning. It also focuses on the challenges for feminism as corporatization redefines the role of universities in a global world. The essays reflect on both historical and contemporary themes from a diversity of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, but are united in their exploration of how feminism’s continuing contribution to knowledge remains significant, even fundamental, to the transformation of knowledge in the academy and in our world.

Contents

Introduction (Mary Jane Mossman and Meg Luxton) • Part One: Feminism and the Academy: Revealing the “Other” • Feminism and the Academy: Transforming Knowledge? (Meg Luxton) • Cartographies of Knowledge and Power: Transnational Feminism as Radical Praxis (M. Jacqui Alexander & Chandra Talpade Mohanty) • Sexual Diversity in Cosmopolitan Perspective (Elisabeth Young-Bruehl) • Part Two: Feminism and the Academy: (Re)Engaging the “Knowledge Revolution” • Universities Upside Down: The Impact of the New Knowledge Economy (Margaret Thornton) • The University on-the-Ground: Reflections on the Canadian Experience (Janice Newson) • Part Three: Feminism and the Academy: Remembering History/ Recalling Resistance • Bluestockings and Goddesses: Writing Feminist Cultural History (Ann Shteir) • Feminism, Ecological Thinking and the Legacy of Rachel Carson (Lorraine Code) •

 

Joined with the book launch is the launch of the “Timeline of York Women’s Studies History to 2011″ project, directed by Rusty Shteir (who is also a contributor to the book).

Click on the image to order the book from Fernwood Publishing.