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Yorku Centre for Feminist Research: Upcoming Events of Interest

Click through for the CFR list of Events, CFP’s and Opportunities. You can join the listserv on their page. This week: Vagina Monologues at york, and:

“Trapped in one of the oldest ways:’ Indigenous Women, Literature, and Law” (March 28, 2012 at U of T) Click here for more.
Cheryl Suzack is an assistant professor of English, and was educated at the University of Guelph and the University of Alberta. Her research explores the intersections between Indigenous law and literature with a focus on Indigenous women’s writing in the post-civil rights period. She is a co-editor and contributor to Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture (UBC Press 2010), a co-editor of “Law, Literature, Postcoloniality,” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, and a contributor to a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly, “Sovereignty, Indigeneity, and the Law,” which was voted best special issue of 2011 by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. She is in the final stages of completing a book manuscript entitled Indigenous Women’s Writing and the Cultural Study of Law. Suzack is cross-appointed to the Aboriginal Studies Program and teaches courses for English and Aboriginal Studies on comparative Indigenous literatures, comparative Indigenous studies, and Indigenous decolonization with a focus on gender issues and Indigenous women’s writing. Click here for more information about the Women and Gender Studies Research Seminar. Date: March 28, 2012, Time: 3-5 p.m. Speaker: Cheryl Suzack.  Location: Wilson Hall, Rm 2053

CFR » Archive » Upcoming Events and Opportunities: March 26, 2012.

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
Grand Salon – 2nd Floor
20 Toronto St, Toronto, Ontario, M5C 2B8

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.