Please join us for two morning panel sessions featuring key speakers (listed alphabetically below) on the effects of the Trump and Trudeau administration policies, followed by discussion groups in the afternoon.
Standing Rock and beyond: the new and ongoing failure of the US & Canadian governments in their treaty relationships
Kristi Leora Gansworth is a poet and PhD student in the Department of Geography at York University. She is a citizen of Kitigan Zibi Anishinaabeg. In addition to her studies, she is working on a full-length collection of poetry. All her work is an ongoing engagement with her existence as Anishinaabekwe, in service to her ancestors and all those who are coming.
Canada-US Border Collaboration: Costs and Consequences
Emily Gilbert is cross-appointed between the Canadian Studies program and the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. Her research examines how security logics are reconfiguring Canada’s borders and the implications for rights and accountability.
On Trump’s Travel Ban: Possibilities and Limitations of Resistance within and beyond Academia
Niloofar Golkar is a Toronto-based activist and journalist with interests in environmental resistance and labor movement from the feminist, anti-racist, and class-based point of view. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at York University and on the editorial board of Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action.
The Trump moment and fortress Canada: Dispelling the myths of Canada’s open borders and the tasks ahead for migrant justice in Canada
Mostafa Henaway is a long time organizer at the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal, and member of Tadamon Montreal! Mostafa is also an author and research assistant at McGill University. He has been active in migrant justice struggles in Montreal and Toronto.
Struggle for Labour Rights for Immigrants and Migrant Workers at York University
Sharmeen Khan is a long-time organizer and media activist based in Toronto. She currently organizes with No One Is Illegal, Toronto, and is on the editorial collective of Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action. She has been working at CUPE 3903 at York University and is currently on leave from the union to coordinate the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change.
Syrus Marcus Ware
The Art of Change: Octavia Butler, Radical Performance and the Movement for Black Lives in Toronto
Syrus is a representative of Black Lives Matter, a Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. He uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture. Syrus is also co-curator of The Cycle, a two-year disability arts performance initiative of the National Arts Centre and is also working on a Ph.D. at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies.
Refugees, Sanctuary and the Safe Third Country Agreement in the Trump/Trudeau Era
Dr. Julie E.E. Young is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on collaborative advocacy across the Canada-US border in response to the Central American refugee ‘crisis’ of the late-1980s. Her broader research program concerns North America’s borders in the context of global processes as well as what local practices tell us about where, how, and for whom borders work. Julie has worked as a researcher in academic, non-profit, and public-sector settings.
The afternoon will be devoted to strategizing about next steps geographers (and others!) can take, inside and outside the academy, to respond to the issues raised in the morning panels, as well as other concerns. Attendees will also participate in shaping the structure of the afternoon discussions.
The meeting is free but online registration is required by end of day (11:59pm) on April 5, 2017. Please follow the link below to register:
The meeting has been funded at York University by the Department of Social Science, Department of Geography, Graduate Program in Geography, the Faculty of Environmental Studies, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and the Vice-President Academic & Provost. At the University of Toronto funding has been provided by the Department of Human Geography – Scarborough and the Department of Geography – St. George.]]>
Urbanization in a Global Context edited by Alison L. Bain and Linda…]]>
Urbanization in a Global Context edited by Alison L. Bain and Linda Peake
Speakers will focus
Speakers will focus on the intersections of their own fieldwork – in/on the ‘urban’, understood as a simultaneously physical, social and political space – with research methodology, critical urban theory and broader politics. Various case studies and research questions will be discussed in the context of travelling across national, cultural, linguistic, disciplinary and/or other types of borders. Issues to be raised include acknowledging privilege and academic freedom when looking ‘outside-in’ at a specific urban context; research as an alienating/connecting experience in a familiar/unfamiliar context; the political aspect of travel bureaucracy and its technicalities.
Murat Guney, Postdoctoral Fellow, City Institute
Oded Haas, PhD Candidate, Environmental Studies
Darren Patrick, PhD Candidate, Environmental Studies
Laura Waddell, PhD Candidate, Social Anthropology
Azam Khatam, Research Associate, City Institute
In 2015-2016, the presidents of the four Toronto universities collaborated on the StudentMoveTO
In 2015-2016, the presidents of the four Toronto universities collaborated on the StudentMoveTO initiative in order to develop the first-ever comprehensive survey of university student travel behavior, trends and needs across seven campuses in the GTA. A second collaborative initiative is now being proposed to address the unique housing affordability challenges faced by students attending Toronto universities.
The City of Toronto is the second most expensive housing market in Canada. In May 2016, the average cost of a detached home in the city was $1.28M, while the average cost of all home types was $782,051, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board. Rentseeker.ca (Fall 2015) suggests that the average rental cost for an apartment in Toronto ranged from $937 to $1,288 for bachelor, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments respectively. These averages do not reflect differences in location, proximity to the city centre (where three of the seven campuses of Toronto-based universities are located), or quality of housing and access to amenities. Furthermore, research conducted by Prof. David Hulchanski identifies a trend referred to as the ‘Three Cities’ in which city neighbourhoods are becoming increasingly polarized based on household income. The city’s core is transitioning to an enclave of wealthy households, while lower-income households are becoming more concentrated in the inner and outer suburbs of the GTA. The high cost of housing and the segregation of wealth and poverty in Toronto, combined with differential access to transit, present acute challenges for university students in their ability to secure affordable housing. Student incomes tend to be both low and fixed – making students especially vulnerable to increases in housing expenses.
StudentMoveTO identified the tradeoff that students are forced to make between housing and transportation. The cost of housing was identified by nearly one-quarter of survey respondents as the reason for their most recent move. Furthermore, when students were asked what would motivate them to change their main mode of transportation to campus, results indicated that “the most important motivator across all seven campuses was a change in home location; a sign students understand the relationship between transportation and housing” (StudentMoveTO, 3).
Implications of a lack of affordable housing for students are significant and include greater economic precarity, hidden homelessness, longer daily commute times, lower levels of campus engagement, and potentially compromised health and safety. Given that such a large proportion of the students attending the four Toronto universities come from lower-income families, the lack of affordable student housing can, at worst, act as a barrier to university attendance, further amplifying income disparities and negatively impacting future opportunities for increased prosperity.
In light of this situation, we propose that students and faculty from the four universities work together to:
1. Document the nature and extent of the current student housing affordability challenge, including the unique housing challenges faced by students, and
2. Identify creative initiatives that might address these housing challenges. Improved affordability may depend on zoning changes, innovative design solutions, novel financing mechanisms, social entrepreneurship or other shifts in municipal, provincial or federal policy.
The four university presidents will once again jointly contribute funds in the amount of $40,000 to support research and the formulation of potential solutions to address housing affordability for students.
Activities to be supported could include (but are not limited to) primary research, identification of international best practices, workshop/conference, design charettes, or prototype/policy development. The aim is to encourage the formation of multi-university, multi-disciplinary teams comprising both faculty and students, ideally working in concert with public sector partners and/or not-for-profit and community-based organizations.
Proposals should be based on teams comprising faculty and students from at least two of the four participating universities. If multiple proposals are received, the four presidents may opt to combine proposals and/or teams.
Proposals are due by 24 March 2017. Those interested in submitting a proposal should contact Professor Linda Peake, Director of the City Institute at email@example.com
The City Institute at York University strongly condemns the recent Islamophobic events of this past week, namely the US travel ban on those living in certain…]]>
The City Institute at York University strongly condemns the recent Islamophobic events of this past week, namely the US travel ban on those living in certain mainly Muslim-majority countries and the fatal shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center in Quebec City. We pass on our deepest sympathies to all those targeted by these related events, and our solidarity to everyone fighting against such outrageous and avoidable bigotry and violence. And we stand with those in communities who are living with uncertainty and fear about the continuing impact of both Canadian and US American policy on their lives. As an academic unit that has as its mandate the facilitation and conduct of critical, diverse, interdisciplinary and collaborative urban research that advances social justice, we denounce any and all violence and will vigorously resist actions which serve to foment discord and intolerance at every level of society. The human imperative of connection demands nothing less. The Institute values diversity across race, class, gender and sexuality, and strives for inclusion and respect, which demands that we continue to ensure that the knowledge we produce is based on openness, transparency, and collaboration. We will continue to work towards a more just world and to seek ways to work across our differences, to embrace our differences, and to lift each other up in the process.
The Executive Committee of the City Institute]]>
“Urbanization in a Global Context is a contributed text that helps Canadian students understand the…]]>
“Urbanization in a Global Context is a contributed text that helps Canadian students understand the process of urbanization by examining cities outside Canada across the global North and South. Truly international in its approach, it emphasizes the interconnectedness of urban places and fosters analysis that identifies the similarities and differences between cities in different world regions. Each chapter focuses on different contemporary urban issues – ranging from urban policy, climate change, and gender to transportation and water governance – and introduces current urban scholarly debates, grounding them in international case studies.”
Urban Geography Workshop/Seminar Support Award
Request for Proposals
Urban Geography will award up to $2,000 to support a seminar series, workshop, or similar event which will…]]>
Urban Geography Workshop/Seminar Support Award
Request for Proposals
Urban Geography will award up to $2,000 to support a seminar series, workshop, or similar event which will bring together leading scholars to focus on a cutting-edge theme within Urban Geography. The expectation is that this award will be supported by the host department and institution either in-kind (e.g., staff time, event planning, space, scheduling, and other forms of administrative support) and/or in terms of more direct financial support. It is also hoped that the award will be used to leverage additional co-sponsors. Proposals are welcome from scholars and programs without regard to discipline. However, a primary focus on Urban Geography is necessary. Funding decisions will be based upon the cohesiveness of the proposal, the support of the host department and institution, as well as funding partners, the academic reputation of the organizers, and the potential visibility of the program including its overall academic impact.
Proposals are due on November 1, 2017 and all material should be sent to Thomas Cooke, Co-Editor, Urban Geography by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). A decision will be made in early December, 2017. Please send the following as attachments (PDF is preferred): (1) a one-page proposal which outlines the broad themes of the project and their significance, a general plan for the project, the academic impact of the project, and any discrete outcomes, (2) abbreviated, one-page, CVs for all organizers, (3) letters of support from the home department, home institution, and co-sponsors which outline their roles, and (4) a one-page outline of the proposed schedule including potential participants. Questions can be directed to Thomas Cooke.]]>
Deadline: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Dear Graduate Students:
Deadline: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Dear Graduate Students:
Students will present a critical analysis of Johannesburg’s post apartheid urban development along a variety of dimensions including growth boundaries, global competitiveness, housing, and transportation. They will conclude with a discussion on post-apartheid landscapes, and lessons that can be drawn from Johannesburg’s growth dynamics for the GTHA.