Meeting times and locations are noted below, if you plan to join us please email Roza so we know to expect you: firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Forest View Dim Sum: Sunday, February 1st, 2015
For our first event of 2015, we will be meeting for dim sum at Forest View Restaurant:
Location: 468 Dundas Street West (close to Dundas Street + Spadina Avenue)
Time: 11am, Sunday February 1st.
If you plan to join us, please RSVP by Thursday, January 29th at 4pm.
2) Waterfront walk: Sunday, March 1st, 2015
A walk that will start at Queen’s Quay, follow the waterfront past Harbourfront Centre, the Music Garden, Ireland Park, before finishing at Fort York Visitors’ Centre.
Meeting time: 10.30am on the streetcar platform at Union Station
Details: around 8km (2.5 hours), with many opportunities for coffee and snacks along the way. The walk ends at the bottom of Bathurst street, for the streetcar to the subway.
If you plan to join us, please RSVP by Thursday, February 26th at 4pm.
3) Scarborough Bluffs: Sunday, April 12th, 2015
We will be visiting the Scarborough Bluffs, for some great views of the sand cliffs and a walk through the meadows and beach. http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/view/scarborough-bluffs-trail
Meeting point: 11am at the Dogfish Bar & Grill, at the Bluffs marina http://bluffersparkrestaurant.com/?page_id=2
Travelling to the Bluffs: We will be driving to the Scarborough Bluffs, please make sure to RSVP ahead of the walk to ensure that you have a spot in one of the cars. Alternatively, you can make your way to the Scarborough Bluffs on TTC (from Kennedy Station, taking the #12A Eastbound to Chine Drive, and walking to the meeting point).
Details: around 6-7km (2 hours) walk that will take in the sand cliffs, meadow, the waterfront and beaches.
If you plan to join us, please RSVP by Tuesday, April 7th at 4pm. Please note if you will require a ride, plan to drive, or will meet us there.]]>
Ten emerging and established researchers from across the University have been appointed…]]>
Ten emerging and established researchers from across the University have been appointed York Research Chairs. The appointments are the first in a new program established to build, support and intensify the world-renowned research under way at the University.
“I am delighted to announce the appointment of our 10 new York Research Chairs and congratulate them on this important achievement,” said Robert Haché, York’s vice-president research and innovation. “York Research Chairs are recognized for their leadership in scholarship, research and creative activities. These appointments span the wide spectrum of our comprehensive research strengths and reflect the world-class calibre of research taking place across the University.”
Roger Keil, Faculty of Environmental Studies, was awarded a Tier 1 York Research Chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies in recognition of his research contributions to the field of urban and environmental research. Keil’s research examines suburbanization, which is now a global phenomenon and a defining feature of the “urban century” we have just entered. His work will add to a greater understanding of our suburban futures, as new forms of work, housing, mobility and governance, as well as how human/non-human nature relationships take shape.
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An interdisciplinary series of presentations and discussions on urban landscapes, past and present.…]]>
An interdisciplinary series of presentations and discussions on urban landscapes, past and present.
City Institute at York University
“We don’t have public spaces anymore: The perceived failures of suburban high-rise revitalization programs in France”
Roza’s postdoctoral research considers the function and socio-cultural meaning of public spaces in suburban high-rise developments in France and Canada, with a particular interest in the impact of high-rise refurbishment programs on community spaces and community cohesion. For her PhD in Geography (University of Sheffield) examined the impact of municipally-led gentrification on multicultural neighbourhoods in southern France.
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For more information and to purchase the book, check it out on …]]>
For more information and to purchase the book, check it out on the publishers website.
Here’s some endorsements:
“Suburban Governance is a landmark volume for the consolidation of global urban studies, making an important contribution to a new generation of scholarship marking out the opportunities for inventive theorization and the renewal of the conceptual landscape of the field. It sets a new standard for the growing commitment to post-colonialize urban studies.”
Jennifer Robinson, Department of Geography, University College London
“Suburban Governance is an important contribution to intellectual discussions about suburbanization. This collection is very much up there with the best work on critical urban theory.”
Andrew E.G. Jonas, Department of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences, University of Hull
“This collection provides compelling insight into the global nature of suburban development and the various ways in which the dynamics of (sub)urban development play out in different political and economic contexts.”
Andrew Wood, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky
December 5th 2014
Full day event: 10am – 4pm
2101 Vari Hall – The Sociology Common Room
On February 10, 2014…]]>
December 5th 2014
Full day event: 10am – 4pm
2101 Vari Hall – The Sociology Common Room
On February 10, 2014 renowned cultural theorist and sociologist Stuart Hall passed away, leaving behind a three decade-long legacy of critical thought. In theorizing and re-conceptualizing the meanings of the social and cultural Hall’s contributions widely extend throughout the fields of sociology, cultural studies, anti-racist theories and diaspora studies while also taking shape in activist practice surrounding the New Left.
By way of commemorating Hall’s life and work this full-day event will allow students and scholars at York to both discuss his scholarship and share the ways it continues to shape, inspire and interrupt how we approach our own work and lives.
Please join us for a day of reflection and discussion!
The event will proceed as follows:
10am-12pm: Passage Readings and Reflections by York Graduate Students; Roundtable Discussion of Hall’s Impact; reading of “Grieving Stuart Hall” by Dr. Andil Gosine
12pm-12:30pm: Presentations/Insights from the 2014 Stuart Hall International Conference,
Goldsmiths, University of London (Sociology Ph.D. student Sam Tecle)
12:30pm-1:30pm: Catered Lunch (Free)
1:30pm-3:30pm: Screening of the Documentary “The Stuart Hall Project” (Directed by John Akomfrah, 2013)
3:30pm-4pm: Post-Screening Discussion
**Please RSVP by December 1, 2014 to: email@example.com
“Articulating Inspiration: Remembering Stuart Hall” is generously supported by the Department of Sociology and The City Institute at York University (CITY)]]>
About the Series:
Urbanization is at the core of the global economy today. Yet, crucially, suburbanization …
About the Series:
Urbanization is at the core of the global economy today. Yet, crucially, suburbanization now dominates 21st century urban development. Suburbanization is defined as an increase in non-central city population and economic activity, as well as urban spatial expansion. It includes all manner of peripheral growth: from the wealthy gated communities of Southern California, to the high rise-dominated suburbs of Europe and Canada, the exploding outskirts of Indian and Chinese cities, and the slums and squatter settlements in Africa and Latin America. In the current period, environmental issues are occurring more and more in cities where economic and urban development is taking place in connection with suburbanization processes. The related term Suburbanisms refers to the growing prevalence of qualitatively distinct ‘suburban ways of life’.
Global Suburbanisms is the first major scholarly series to systematically take stock of worldwide developments in suburbanization and suburbanisms today.
The series’ objectives are threefold:
(1) To document and evaluate the diversity of global suburbanisms in their various contexts;
(2) To participate in an ongoing effort by researchers around the world to encourage a truly global sub/urban studies devoid of traditional dichotomies such as world city/ordinary city, North/South or developed/developing;
(3) To use our wide-ranging empirical data and analysis on suburbanization and suburbanisms to intervene in urban theory.
Drawing on methodological and analytical approaches from political economy, urban political ecology, and social and cultural geography, the series seeks to contribute to better grasping the complex processes of suburbanization as they pose challenges to policymakers, planners, and academics alike. The series will be an outlet for research in foundational, thematic and geographical projects and case studies.
The series is linked to a Major Collaborative Research Initiative by the same name (www.yorku.ca/suburbs). The MCRI is centred at the City Institute at York University but has 50 co-investigators around the globe. Researchers in the MCRI analyze recent forms of urbanization and emerging forms of (sub)urbanism as well as the dilemmas of aging suburbanity. The initiative broadly focuses on the governance of suburbanization, that is, efforts to guide and regulate its development. It involves state, market and civil society actors and implies democratic deliberation and social conflict. In addition, the categories land, which includes housing, shelter systems, real estate, greenbelts, megaprojects, and infrastructure, including transportation, water and social services, function as the two prime anchors upon which specific empirical research projects are hinged. Examination of Canadian suburbanization and suburbanism serves as the starting point of wide ranging comparative studies of suburbanization in the Americas, Australia, Europe, Africa and Asia.
This will be the first series of its kind. While there are many series in critical urban studies, none are specifically designed to be a home for suburban research. This series will be of great interest to suburban researchers around the world, an explosively growing field of research.
(1) The series seeks manuscripts and proposals from all manner of scholarship on suburbanization. These could be innovative critical PhD theses but also independent work by more senior scholars.
(2) The series seeks monographs on particular case studies as long as they have a comparative aspect to them.
(3) While this is an English language series, the editors are keenly interested in work from other cultural and linguistic backgrounds in order to broaden the intellectual and empirical base of global suburban research.
The series will be interested to attracting monographs as well as edited collections. While we are seeking a common and branded format for the series, we will allow for special format requirements if there is a good reason for it. General format requirements for manuscripts can be viewed here: http://www.utppublishing.com/publishSP_MG.php?sectionID=6&subsectionID=3&pageID=2
We are looking for manuscripts in the 60,000-80,000 word range, resulting in a published book of 150 -250 pages. Proposals should include the following elements: Working title, project description, research context and origin of work, table of contents (annotated), relation to existing literature, audience, length, illustrations, audience, competition, schedule.
Review Process and Editorial Board
Each proposal and manuscript will be subject to a rigorous review facilitated by the editorial board of the series. The editorial board is made up of a representative group of senior scholars of suburban studies from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and geographic provenance. The board will seek outside referees for each review. The final decision on publication lies with UTP.
Roger Keil, York University (Political Science/Environmental Studies)
Editorial Board Members:
Eric Charmes, Lyon University, France (Planning)
Shubhra Gururani, York University (Anthropology)
Pierre Hamel, Université de Montreal (Sociology)
Richard Harris, McMaster University (Geography)
Louise Johnson, Deakin University, Australia (Social Sciences)
Alan Mabin, University of Pretoria, South Africa (Urbanism)
Nicholas A. Phelps, University College London, UK (Geography and Planning)
Fulong Wu, University College London, UK (Geography & Planning)
“Rethinking Suburban Sprawl: Is planning…]]>
“Rethinking Suburban Sprawl: Is planning policy leading or following the market? Lessons from a 20 year-analysis of urban growth patterns in four Canadian cities.”
Marcy Burchfield (MSc) is the Executive Director of the Neptis Foundation, a Canadian independent and charitable foundation that funds and conducts nonpartisan research on Canadian urban regions. For the last 15 years, she has applied her graduate studies in spatial analysis and remote sensing to developing innovative techniques for studying growth and change in Canadian cities
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Room 519 Kaneff Tower
Everyone is Welcome!]]>
Below are some photos from the event as well as a description with bios of the panelists.
The City Institute…]]>
Below are some photos from the event as well as a description with bios of the panelists.
The City Institute at York University (CITY) presents:
How has the 2014 Toronto municipal election affected residents of the inner suburbs, such as Etobicoke North, Scarborough and North York, who face growing socio-economic inequalities and a lack of public transit? A panel of academics, community activists and emerging politicians will discuss the dynamics, as well as the steps, that could lead to a more socially just city.
Despite the inequalities of the inner suburbs, conservative politicians and their politics remain ascendant in these communities and in most of the city. Former candidates will share their recent experiences running for office, including the interesting challenges of building local coalitions and of articulating credible progressive and left alternatives, while confronting mainstream policies and discourses that emphasize austerity.
“2014 Toronto Election: Implications for Politics & Social Justice in the Inner Suburbs” will take place Monday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 to 5:30pm, at 280N York Lanes, Keele campus. The panel discussion is presented by The City Institute at York University (CITY). Everyone is welcome to attend. The meeting will be chaired by Jane Farrow.
yFile article on the event
Room 280N, York Lanes
Welcome to all!
Jane ran for the Toronto City Council in Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth in the 2014 municipal election. Jane Farrow’s career highlights include stints as CBC Radio One host and producer, best-selling author, executive assistant at City Hall and dynamic emcee and moderator. She was the first executive director of Jane’s Walk, a dynamic non-profit organization based in Toronto engaged in walkability initiatives that celebrate the ideas of urbanist Jane Jacobs. The Toronto Community Foundation recognized Jane’s contribution to urban resiliency with a Vital People Award in 2010 and in 2014 she was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement LGBTQ Inspire Award. She was an advisor to World Pride Human Rights Conference and sits on the External Advisory Board at York University’s City Institute (photo credit: janefarrow.ca).
The following is a list of the speakers:
Munira ran for Toronto City Councillor in Ward 2 (Etobicoke North). Her aim is to restore integrity and accountability back into municipal affairs. Munira is also a student at Ryerson University (photo credit: muniraabukar.ca)
In the 2014 provincial election, Nigel Bariffe finished second for the NDP in Etobicoke North, beating the conservatives in that riding for the first time in nearly 20 years. A community organizer and an elementary teacher with the Toronto District School Board in Rexdale, Barriffe is co-chair of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto Political Action Committee, Board Chair for Educational Attainment West, and a board member of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations and the Rexdale Community Legal Clinic. He is also treasurer for the Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators and is a former co-chair of the African Heritage Educator’s Network. His work has won him the 2011 Urban Heroes Award and the 2012 JS Woordsworth Award.
Paul Bocking was a first time candidate in the 2014 Toronto election for city councillor in Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest. His platform included increased TTC funding to freeze fares and improve service, opposing contracting out and offering more employment training, after school children’s programs, better rental housing conditions and local participatory democracy. He will be sharing some of his experiences from the campaign and observations on local politics. Bocking is also in the third year of his PhD in Geography at York. His research interests focus on labour movements, education policy and political economy in Canada, Mexico and the United States. He has worked for several years as an adult educator and as a high school teacher of English, Geography and History with the Toronto District School Board.
Amarjeet Chhabra was a city council candidate for Ward 44, Scarborough East. She has contributed her considerable organizational talents to The Canadian Cancer Society, Council of Agencies serving South Asians, Equal Voice, The Canadian National Exhibition Association, a housing co-op Board, Community Volunteer Income Tax Program for young people sponsored by The Canada Revenue Agency and a Community Voter Project in New Haven, Connecticut. She has also worked on campaigns in Vancouver, British Columbia, Boston, Massachusetts and Anchorage, Alaska. She has worked with decision makers at City Hall on development projects and with a Scarborough East School Trustee on a civic engagement program for students. She also spent six years representing workers in the hotel and hospitality industry. Amarjeet was recognized by City Idol, a grassroots program that promoted new potential candidates with fresh ideas and a passion for community building (photo credit: electchhabra.ca).
27 year old Keegan Henry-Mathieu began his involvement in civic affairs at the age of 16 when he joined the Toronto Youth Cabinet where he served for almost 10 years in numerous executive positions and eventually was elected as co-chair. Keegan travelled the city helping to connect communities to the decisions being made at city hall while challenging City Hall to do more to engage communities on policies that affect their neighborhoods and individual lives. During that time he also helped build the foundations of the Black Youth Coalition against Violence through his position as treasurer; served on the Toronto Police Services Board Advisory Panel on Community Safety; Served on the CNEA board; and played a role in organizing the first election of Youth Tenant Reps at the TCHC. At the age of 26, Keegan ran unsuccessfully for Toronto City Council. Today he works in the private sector in Communications for the Royal Bank of Canada (photo credit: keeganhm.com).
Roger Keil researches global suburbanisms, urban political ecology, cities and infectious disease, and regional governance. Among his recent publications are the forthcoming Suburban Governance: A Global View (ed. with Pierre Hamel; University of Toronto Press, 2015), Suburban Constellations (Jovis, 2013) The Global Cities Reader (ed. with Neil Brenner; Routledge, 2006); Networked Disease: Emerging Infections and the Global City (ed. with S.Harris Ali; Wiley-Blackwell, 2008); and Changing Toronto: Governing the Neoliberal City (with Julie-Anne Boudreau and Douglas Young; UTP 2009). Keil is a co-founder of the International Network for Urban Research and Action and previous director of the City Institute. He is also the principal investigator of the MCRI project on Global Suburbanisms at CITY (2010-17).
Stefan Kipfer teaches in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. His research interests range from social theory to comparative urban politics. He has been analyzing the role of new right populism in the production of space in Toronto since the mid-1990s.
Parastou Saberi holds a B.Arch and M.Arch, as well as an M.A. in Sociology. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and a contract faculty in the Department of Geography at Trent University. Her doctoral dissertation examines the politics of place-based policies of urban development and policing in Toronto’s postwar suburbs. Alongside her doctoral research, she is also immersed in excavating the interconnection between pacification and (colonial) urbanism, as well as the relations between urban politics and right-wing populism.
“Place Matters: Mapping Iranian Women in Tehran’s
public spaces using qualitative GIS”
Dr. Nazgol Begheri
Department of Political Science and Geography,
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Trained as an architect and urban planner, Dr. Bagheri is interested in working closely with residents, community activists, and artists to better understand the correlations between design, human behaviors, and cultural differences. Her current work connects three complimentary areas: feminist politics, urban design, and the social production of space. Dr. Bagheri applies empowering and innovative approaches such as Geo-Ethnography and Qualitative Geographic Information Systems (QGIS) that often makes the invisible visible. She is committed to challenge as well as enrich the Anglo-American hegemonic geographical theories through studying the people whose stories are often unheard including women and other minorities. She enjoys international collaborative projects; currently she is working on a project about the status of feminist geographic research and teaching in Iranian universities with colleagues in Tehran as well as an interdisciplinary project about Japanese women’s spatial movement in Tokyo.