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.


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