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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.

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