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Upcoming on Oct 22: Dr. Vandana Shiva on “Navigating the Anthropocene” and Dr Caroline Shenaz Hossein on “The Black Social Economy”

Just wanted to highlight a couple of events that are coming up next week at York, on Thursday, Oct 22.

1) “Navigating the Antropocence”: An Interview with Dr. Vandana Shiva  (12:30-2pm)

2) “THE BLACK SOCIAL ECONOMY: Banker Ladies and Money Pools in the Americas”: A talk by Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein

These events are happening one after another, so you can make a feminist day of it. Details below.


  “Navigating the Anthropocene” 
An Interview with Dr. Vandana Shiva 

event poster

 FES welcomes Dr. Vandana Shiva for an up-close and personal interview with Dean Noël Sturgeon.

Thursday, October 22 12:30pm to 2pm
HNES 140
Light refreshments will be served

The IFLS is co-hosting this event, which is part of the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) Speaker Series for 2015-16.

About Dr. Shiva (from event poster):
Dr. Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned academic, author and activist, working and writing on the perils and promises of globalization, industrial agriculture, biotechnology, genetic engineering and biodiversity, and their connections with gender issues in the Global South.

Dr. Shiva is a founder of many effective research and advocacy organizations, including the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun, dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, and Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources and to promote organic farming and fair trade.

Dr. Shiva’s many publications are widely read in university classrooms and NGOs. Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an environmental ‘hero’ in 2003, and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators in Asia. In November 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe. This week in Toronto, she will be recognized by the Planet in Focus Film Festival as the 2015 International Eco-Hero.

To submit a question for Dr. Shiva: fes.yorku.ca/AskDrShiva.


The Black Social Economy: Banker Ladies and Money Pools in the Americas
Talk by Dr Caroline Shenaz Hossein
Thursday, October 22nd, 2:30-4pm
 626 Kaneff Tower

Introduced by Dr. Alison Crosby, Director, Centre for Feminist Research

This event is co-sponsored by The Harriet Tubman Institute. Light refreshments served. RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca.

Event description from CFR:

Millions of Black people in the Americas participate in informal banks (or ROSCAs) – money pools managed by women known as “banker ladies”. In her talk, Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein will explain that the banker ladies organize money pools as a form of contestation against the commercialized banking systems, and explore the deliberate nature of the banker ladies’ work in the social economy, and the ways in which women are building socially conscious money systems.
Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein is an Assistant Professor of Business and Society in the Department of Social Science, and is a CFR Research Associate, as well as an executive member at the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diaspora at York University. Dr. Hossein’s research interest is squarely in the social economy, where she writes on community economic development in urban communities and examines issues of exclusion in business. She has conducted extensive field work in Africa, as well as in the African diaspora in Canada and the Caribbean. She holds a PhD in Political Science and Gender and Women Studies from the University of Toronto, an MPA from Cornell University, an LL.B from the University of Kent at Canterbury and BA from Saint Mary’s University (Halifax). Previously, she was a U.S Fulbright Fellow at the Caribbean Policy and Research Institute and at the University of West Indies-Mona, Jamaica. Her first book, Politicized Microfinance: Power, Politics and Violence in the Black Americas is under review with the University of Toronto Press.


Women In/On the Street: From SlutWalks to #StreetHarassment

Another sure-to-be thought provoking event from the Centre for Feminist Research, happening next Tuesday at York!

Women In/On the Street: From SlutWalks to #StreetHarassment
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 | 2pm—4pm |
626 Kaneff, York University Introduced by Dr. Sheila Cavanagh
Light Refreshments provided.

poster for CFR event, all info included in text

Text from poster (or click on it):

This presentation offers a critical discourse analysis of the comments and controversies raised by the SlutWalk and the online denunciation of street harassment, in the mainstream media and within the feminist movement. It examines the current issues and tensions surrounding the street as a means of protest as well as an apparatus of sexual control of women’s bodies, at the intersection of new media and social networks.

Elisabeth Mercier is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Université du Québec à Montréal and York University. Her research interests include the cultural and political aspects of gender and sexuality, at the intersection of other axes of social differentiation (class, age, ethnicity). She’s a collaborator to the Testimonial Cultures project, an action research group working on the use of testimonials as a social and cultural intervention strategy for sexual and gender minorities, sex workers, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Her work has been published in Commposite, Féminétudes, and Heteropolis.


BOOK LAUNCH: Theorizing Anti-Racism

From the Centre for Feminist Research (CFR):

event poster - most info included in text below

Please join us at

Book Launch

Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories

Wednesday, September 9th

2:00 PM
Nexus Lounge
12th Floor
252 Bloor St. W.  (at St. George subway station)

Panel discussion followed by refreshments and book signing

Join us to celebrate the launch of the edited volume, Theorizing Anti-Racism
Panel discussion with Abigail B. Bakan and Enakshi Dua (editors), and Sedef Arat-Koç, Himani Bannerji and Anthony Bogues (contributors)

From University of Toronto Press:

“Over the last few decades, critical theory which examines issues of race and racism has flourished. However, most of this work falls on one side or the other of a theoretical divide between theory inspired by Marxist approaches to race and racism and that inspired by postcolonial and critical race theory. Driven by the need to move beyond the divide, the contributors to Theorizing Anti-Racism present insightful essays that engage these two intellectual traditions with a focus on clarification and points of convergence. The essays in Theorizing Anti-Racism examine topics which range from reconsiderations of anti-racism in the work of Marx and Foucault to examinations of the relationships among race, class, and the state that integrate both Marxist and critical race theory. Drawing on the most constructive elements of Marxism and postcolonial and critical race theory, this collection constitutes an important contribution to the advancement of anti-racist theory.”

Sponsored by: Department of Social Justice Education (SJE), OISE, University of Toronto; Centre for Feminist Research (CFR), York University; and UofT Press.



More info about Theorizing Anti-Racism:


Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Introducing the Questions, Reframing the Dialogue(Abigail B. Bakan and Enakshi Dua)
  3. Rethinking Foucault
    2. Revisiting Genealogies: Theorizing Anti-Racism Beyond the Impasse (Enakshi Dua)
    3. Foucault in Tunisia (Robert J. C. Young)
    4. Not Quite A Case of the Disappearing Marx: Tracing The Place of Material Relations in Postcolonial Theory (Enakshi Dua)

III. Revisiting Marx
5. Marxism and Anti-Racism: Rethinking the Politics of Difference (Abigail B. Bakan)
6. Marxism and Anti-Racism in Theory and Practice: Reflections and Interpretations (Himani Bannerji)

  1. Legacies And Relationships
    7. C. L. R. James and W. E. B. Du Bois: Black Jacobins and Black Reconstruction, Writing Heresy and Revisionist Histories (Anthony Bogues)
    8. Colonizing, colonized: Sartre and Fanon (Audrey Kobayashi and Mark Boyle)
    9. Intellectuals, Oppression, and Anti-Racist Movements in South Africa (Eunice N. Sahle)
  2. Interventions in Race, Class and State
    10. Race, Class and Colonialism: Reconsidering the ³Jewish Question² (Abigail B. Bakan)
    11. Race, Sovereignty and Empire: Theorizing the Camp, Theorizing Post/Modernity (Sunera Thobani)
    12. Rethinking Whiteness, ³Culturalism,² and the Bourgeoisie in the Age of Neoliberalism (Sedef Arat-Koç)
    13. Race and the Management of Labour in United States History (Elizabeth Esch and David Roediger)



grad student job opportunity: research on gender equality in EU policy processes

I’m very pleased to be working with the IFLS as the graduate student coordinator!  One of my goals for the coming year is to find new ways for the IFLS to support JD and grad students interested in feminist legal studies.  On that note, here is an interesting grad student job opportunity from the Centre for Feminist Research (CFR) at York:

Interested in gender studies?  Interested in European studies? Interested in policy studies?

We currently looking to hire graduate research assistants on a recently-funded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council research program that brings together scholars and policymakers from Canada and Europe to study how the problem of gender inequality is (and is not addressed) in European Union policy processes.

Ideally, you are:

-an MA or PhD student in a social science discipline

-have some background in gender studies (e.g., relevant coursework)

-have some background in and/or are interested in European and policy studies.

If you are interested, please send a letter of interest along with your your academic transcripts and a resume/CV to: hmacrae@yorku.ca.
Prof. Heather MacRae Department of Political Science York University

You can learn more about Dr MacRae’s work here.


York's Centre for Feminist Research presents Barbara Baird on Race, Gender, HIV and Australian Criminal law

Centre for Feminist Research presents

Visiting Scholar Dr. Barbara Baird (Flinders)

“Endangering Life: The Raced Politics of Gender in an Australian Case of the Criminalization of Exposure to HIV” 

introduced by Professor David Murray

Wednesday, October 8, 3-5pm, 280N York Lanes

Please RSVP to this event by emailing juliapyr@yorku.ca.

Refreshments provided.

This paper tells a story of the criminalisation of exposure to HIV in recent times in Australia. It concerns John Chan, an Australian citizen of Sudanese background living in Adelaide, South Australia. Mr Chan came to Australia as a refugee in 1999. In 2004 he was diagnosed with HIV and, after first coming to the attention of the South Australian Health Department authorities, in 2009 he was arrested on a charge of ‘Endangering Life’ for having unprotected (consensual) sex with three women and thus exposing them to the virus. In mid 2011 he was sentenced to five and a half years in gaol. The paper uses John Chan’s story as a case study through which to analyse some aspects of contemporary gender relations in Australia. Its focus is on the position of white women in a cultural and political environment characterised by both conservative and neo-liberal discourses of gender and sexuality.

Barbara Baird is an Associate Professor in Women’s Studies at Flinders University in South Australia. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Feminist Research at York. Her research focuses on histories and cultural politics of sexuality and reproduction in contemporary Australia, with particular attention to their shaping by discourses of race and national identity. She is particularly interested in the politics of abortion and is currently embarking on a cultural history of the provision of abortion services in Australia since 1990. She is also part of a collaborative project to historicise sexual citizenship in Australia. Her work is widely published in journals of history and gender and sexuality studies.

via CFR.