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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.

November 28 at York: Problematizing international discourses on displacement and sexual violence in Central Africa | Centre for Refugee Studies

Centre for Refugee Studies celebrates 25 years with a keynote address by

Dr. Patricia Daley, Oxford University 

Thursday, November 28th  3:00pm – 5:00pm

Room 519, Kaneff Tower  Yorku 

Problematizing International Discourses on Displacement and Sexual Violence in Central Africa

Dr. Daley’s latest publication is titled “Refugees, idps and Citizenship Rights: the perils of humanitarianism in the African Great Lakes region”. It can be found here.  

Current Research

Her principal research interests are on the intersection between global geo-politics, militarism, masculinities, genocidal violence, humanitarianism and forced migration in East and Central Africa. She is also interested in the dynamics of land tenure, resource extraction and environmental change from a political ecology perspective. Her other projects include an examination of the condition of new African diaspora communities in Great Britain, focusing on issues relating to their spatial distribution, socio-economic status and housing characteristics, and the negotiation of their multiple identities, especially that arising from the experience of trans-racial fostering.  http://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/staff/pdaley.html#bio

Other publications include

Daley, P. (2007) Gender and Genocide in Burundi: The Search for Spaces of Peace in the Great Lakes Region, Oxford: James Currey, Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press 

 

Sponsored by:

Office of Dean of LA&PS Office of Dean of FES Office of VP Research & Innovation Centre for Feminist Research Department of Social Science York Centre for International & Strategic Studies Faculty of Graduate Studies School of Gender, Sexuality & WS Development Studies Department of Geography Harriet Tubman Institute Social and Political Thought Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies Graduate Program in Sociology Department of Gender Studies, Queen’s University

Event Poster - information is available in text of post.

Wed 25 Sept The Mirage of Merit: Reconstituting the 'Ideal Academic' with Professors Margaret Thornton & Lorraine Code

IFLSEvent Poster - information is available in text of post. and CFR (Centre for Feminist Research at York) are pleased to co sponsor this talk & commentary.  Professor Margaret Thornton of ANU will present her work, The Mirage of Merit followed by comments from Professor Lorraine Code.

Light refreshments will be available.

Room 2003 IKB (Osgoode Hall Law School) 1230 – 2PM September 25, 2013

Please RSVP to lgonsalves@osgoode.yorku.ca by clicking here.

Professor Thornton is stopping at Osgoode en route to U of Alberta Law School’s conference “The Future of Law School” where she her contribution will be titled: The Challenge for Law Schools of Sustaining a Liberal Education in a Marketised Climate.  Her remarks at York/Osgoode will consider the concepts of merit and the “ideal academic”, arguing that as higher education is transformed by the new “knowledge economy”, the characteristics of the ideal academic have shifted to favour the masculinised figure of the “technopreneur”.  Her biography is below:

MARGARET THORNTON is Professor of Law at the Australian National University. She has degrees from Sydney, UNSW and Yale, and is a Barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia. She formerly occupied the Richard McGarvie Chair of Socio-Legal Studies at La Trobe University and has held visiting fellowships at Oxford, London, Columbia, Sydney and York, Canada. She has published extensively on issues relating to women and the law, including the only book-length study of women and the legal profession in Australia: Dissonance and Distrust: Women and the Legal Profession, Oxford University Press, 1996 (also published in Chinese by the Law Press, Beijing, 2001). Her most recent book is Privatising the Public University: The Case of Law, Routledge, London, 2012 Her current research project, ‘Balancing Law and Life’ entails a study of gender and corporate law firms and is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 2012-14. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. (via https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/thornton-mr , where you will find links to Professor Thornton’s other work)

Commentary will be provided by prominent feminist philosopher and York Professor Emerita Lorraine Code.  Professor Code’s specialities are epistemology, feminist epistemology and the politics of knowledge, epistemic responsibility, 20th-century French philosophy, ecological theory and post-colonial theory.

Join us!

 

 

poster design by the talented Ugochi Umeugo, check out her work/find her contact info here: http://ugochiumeugo.designbinder.com/

Panels, Workshops, l'Université féministe d'été

It was a great privilege to see Sherene Razack speak today at an event organized by students at York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies. Time to thank the people -faculty, students and staff, who roll up their sleeves and make these things happen.

Here is another set of things you may wish you could be at:

 

Radical Formations: Sex, Race, Trans

How do social movements resist and react to new measures for legal equality? This interdisciplinary panel tackles this question via resistance to intersectional state violence, transgender people’s legal consciousness, and race-based critiques of rights.

Panelists:

Sharon Cowan, School of Law, University of Edinburgh

Roderick Ferguson, American Studies Department, University of Minnesota

Dean Spade, Seattle University School of Law

Panel discussion followed by a reception sponsored by IGSF

Organized by Robert Leckey, William Dawson Scholar, Faculty of Law, in collaboration with IGSF, funded by a SSHRC Connection Grant.

via Radical Formations: Sex, Race, Trans.

A bit closer in time and closer to [here - Toronto, that is] this one is this weekend, in Toronto (includes a penal on gendering South Asian Studies)

 Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop (April 5, 2013)

[website with full program : http://www.yorku.ca/ycar/Events/south_asia.html]
The YCAR South Asian Studies Workshop will offer an intimate forum for exploring research and methodological issues in the study of South Asia and South Asian Diasporas. The workshop, which is being organized by YCAR’s South Asia Research Group (SARG), will be a step towards building a network of scholars, artists and community organizers working on South Asia and South Asian Diasporas at York University and in the GTA.

 

And this one as well:

Women’s Quests for Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Contestations, Complexities, Contradictions (April 5-6, 2013)
The Centre for Feminist Research presents panels with leading international scholars and activists. Full programme here.

To register and purchase food tickets, please email cfr@yorku.ca. programme and details available on conference webpage: cfr.info.yorku.ca/wqr

Later this summer at Université Laval, TECHNOLOGIES Libération ou exploitation des femmes?, UNIVERSITÉ FÉMINISTE D’ÉTÉ  (Mai 19-24, 2013). 

Full programme & information here.

Les développements technologiques considérables des dernières décennies influencent profondément les représentations de soi et du monde, les conditions de vie et le changement social. Si personne, aujourd’hui, ne voudrait se priver des avantages qui en découlent, force est de constater que, en matière de technologies, des inégalités particulièrement marquées existent entre les hommes et les femmes ainsi qu’entre différentes régions dans le monde. De plus, l’ampleur, la rapidité et la complexité des transformations qui nous touchent directement et indirectement font en sorte qu’il est difficile de se tenir à jour et de conserver une distance critique. Pour sa 11e édition, l’Université féministe d’été vous convie à Québec, du 19 au 24 mai 2013, pour une semaine intensive et conviviale d’échanges, de ressourcement et de réseautage en compagnie de spécialistes œuvrant dans différents domaines et disciplines.

Feminist Pedagogies; Gender and the "Arab Spring"

Have you read this book: The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference.  Roderick A Ferguson, U Minnesota Press (here)?

 

I came across this notice via twitter:

On Friday, April 5th, Roderick Ferguson, Professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, will speak for the [Columbia] Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality’s Feminist Pedagogy series.  He will be discussing his book The Reorder of Things (click here for the original notice)

First thought – Must get book

Second thought:  Feminist Pedgogy series? Must get one of those!

 

This week at Yorku, April 5th and 6th, organized by the Centre for Feminist Research, a conference entitled: Women’s Quests for Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Contestations, Complexities, Contradiction. Draft conference program here.  The CFR, under director Dr. Ena  Dua (who teaches feminist theory, antiracist feminist theory, post-colonial studies, development studies, and globalization, and is a co-editor of Scratching the Surface: Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought) has a FB page here.

H/T to my colleague Hengameh Saberi for the conference link!