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April 12 @ York: Dr. Alexa DeGagne on Changing Relationships between Police and LGB, Trans and Queer People

The Protected, the Targeted, the Criminalized:
Changing Relationships between Canadian Police Organizations, and LGB, Trans and Queer People

Talk by Alexa DeGagne, 2015-16 Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies

event poster - info included in body of post
Tuesday, April 12th, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm 
519 Kaneff Tower, York University
Introduced by Dr. Amar Wahab, Coordinator, Sexuality Studies
This presentation examines the history of the relationship between LGB, trans and queer people, and police organizations in Canada in order to consider why and how the recent rapprochement between certain heteronormal LGB Canadian and different police organizations has excluded already marginalized and overly criminalized LGB, trans and queer people, and has at the same time galvanized intersectional social activism among populations that are disproportionately targeted, abused and criminalized by police and the legal justice system.
Dr. Alexa DeGagne is an Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Athabasca University. Her research, teaching and community engagement are focused on gender-based and sexuality-based social justice movements and activisms in Canada and the United States.
Co-Sponsored by: Department of Anthropology.
Light refreshments served. RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca
*Please note that this seminar counts towards GFWS seminar requirements*

Feb 24 @ York: Envisioning LGBT Asylum in Canada: Is Canada a Safe Haven?

Centre for Refugee Studies seminar

Wednesday February 24, 2016, 11am-12:30pm

Room: 280N York Lanes

Envisioning LGBT Asylum in Canada: Is Canada a Safe Haven?

event poster Presentation of findings based on the various themes which emerged from the research regarding the experiences of LGBT refugee and asylum seekers populations to Toronto. The research is based on qualitative interviews and focus groups with the mentioned populations as well as service providers working in the resettlement sector. Additionally, the presentation will include recommendations Envisioning is calling for to address the numerous issues and concerns presented.

The report is available on-line at: http://envisioninglgbt.blogspot.ca/p/publicationsresources.html

Speakers: Nancy Nicol, Principle Investigator – Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights;

Nick Mulé, Chairperson, Canada Research Team for Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights;

Kathleen Gamble, PhD Student;

Junic Wambya, former ED of Freedom and Roam Uganda, forced to flee Uganda due to persecution. She was accepted as a protected person in Canada in 2014.

Co-sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research.

*Please note this event counts towards seminar requirements for GFWS students


CFR Book Launch Feb 8 @ York: “Chroniques d’une musulmane indignée” by Asmaa Ibnouzahir

Le Centre de recherches féministes présente / Centre for Feminist Research presents:

 lancement de livre / book launch

“Chroniques D’une Musulmane Indignée” 

Par/By Asmaa Ibnouzahir 

8 février, 2016 / February 8, 2016

16 h 00-17 h 30 / 4-5.30pm

Collège Universitaire Glendon, Salon Albert Tucker 3e étage, Pavillon York 317 /Chroniques Dune Musulmane Indignee poster

Glendon College, Room Albert Tucker 3rd floor, YH 317

Présenté par Dr. Amélie Barras / Introduced by Dr. Amélie Barras

Veuillez confirmer à / Please RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca by February 1 / au plus tard le 1er février, 2016

Asmaa Ibnouzahir partage un récit autobiographique racontant des défis qu’elle a relevés en tant que jeune immigrante musulmane d’origine marocaine arrivée au Québec en 1994. Elle présente également une analyse éclairante sur des questions qui reviennent souvent dans les médias québécois au sujet de l’islam, des femmes et de la société: les musulmans-es «modérés», les crimes «d’honneur», le foulard, le féminisme islamique et bien d’autres. Engagée dans les débats sociopolitiques qui ont traversé le Québec au cours de la dernière décennie, sur la religion, l’immigration et les valeurs québécoises, Asmaa Ibnouzahir livre un témoignage essentiel qui donne un accès sans précédent aux coulisses de ces débats.

Depuis une dizaine d’années, Asmaa Ibnouzahir est engagée dans la réflexion et les débats sociaux autour des droits de la personne, notamment sur les questions touchant autant à l’immigration et à la religion dans la sphère publique qu’au statut des femmes dans l’Islam. Elle a également voyagé et travaillé dans plus d’une quinzaine de pays en tant que spécialiste de la nutrition d’urgence humanitaire.


Asmaa Ibnouzahir shares an autobiography recounting the challenges she faced as a young Muslim Moroccan immigrant arriving in Quebec in 1994, as well as an illuminating analysis on issues that come up in the media about Islam, women and society: “moderate” Muslims, “honor” killings, headscarves, Islamic feminism, etc. Engaged in the Quebec sociopolitical debates related to these issues over the last decade, Asmaa Ibnouzahir offers an important testimony that gives unprecedented access to the corridors of these debates.

Asmaa Ibnouzahir is a feminist human rights activist who has been engaged for ten years in the social debates in Quebec on issues of immigration, religion and women. She has also worked in more than fifteen countries as a specialist in humanitarian emergency nutrition.

Co-parrainé par / Co-sponsored by: Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies and the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University.

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.