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Date: Friday March 14, 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Room 140 – Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies (HNES) Building, York University
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In this day-long event, we will feature panels and workshops on how an engagement with artist-activists in the city might speak to modes of academic activism and production that promote urban social justice. We are fortunate to have the renowned activist Selma James with us.
Within the increasingly corporate atmosphere of university spaces, radical scholarly activism appears to be on the wane and its contours increasingly shaped by neoliberal and neoconservative discourses. Graduate students, at once occupying both privileged and precarious positions, are left to negotiate their activist commitments within the ever more insecure conditions of the labor market in academia. In this context, the City Institute at York University provides an opportunity for artist-activists, faculty members and graduate students to engage in conversations about modes of activism. How do artistic-activist practices and productions open up possibilities for transforming neoliberal university structures? What can faculty and graduate students learn from artist-activists about expanding the horizons of academia? Can faculty, graduate students and artist-activists in the city work together through alliances and collaborations? What are the possibilities of working together to promote issues of urban social justice and create more just spaces in the city? How could an artist-activist in residence at the City Institute make a meaningful contribution to these debates?
This event is free and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday March 7th at 4:00 pm. A number of city activists have been invited as attendees to ensure that a dialogue between academics and activists is possible.
The event is wheelchair accessible.
We would like to thank the following for their generous financial support for this event: Vice-President Academic and Provost; Associate Dean, FLA&PS; Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation; Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies; Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts; Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies; Department of Social Science, FLA&PS.
Moderator and Speakers’ Bios
Selma James is an anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist campaigner and author including of the acclaimed 2012 publication Sex, Race and Class – The Perspective of Winning. A Selection of Writings 1952-2011. Raised in a movement household, she joined CLR James’s Johnson-Forest Tendency at age 15, and from 1958 to 1962 she worked with him in the movement for Caribbean federation and independence. In 1972, she founded the International Wages for Housework Campaign, and in 2000 she helped launch the Global Women’s Strike, which she coordinates. She coined the word “unwaged” to describe most of the caring work women do, and it has since entered the English language to describe all the work without wages of women, children and men, in the home, on the land, in the community. She is also a founding member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (2008). www.globalwomenstrike.net
Kim Crosby is a daughter of the diaspora, Arawak, West African, Indian and Dutch, hailing from Trinidad and living currently in Toronto. Kim Katrin Crosby is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, activist, speaker and educator. Addressing audiences at Princeton, in Montreal at the International LGBT Film Festival and University of Texas in 2014 alone, her work has taken her across North America speaking on equity, liberation and care. She is co-founder and executive director of The People Project, 8 years in the making; a movement of queer and trans folks of color and our allies, committed to individual and community empowerment through alternative education, art activism and collaboration. She was also featured as one of Go Magazine’s ’100 Women We Love’ in 2012 sharing the list with Ellen Degeneres and Wanda Sykes and in 2013 one of the Huffington Posts 50 Loved Gay Canadians sharing this list with the likes of K.D. Lang & Kathleen Wynne current premier of Ontario. She is currently producing and co-curating the Buddies In Bad Times Cabaret Insatiable Sisters with Gein Wong.
Sabrina “Butterfly” Gopaul works with a number of grassroots groups in the Jane and Finch area and across the city of Toronto. She’s been working with Jane and Finch Action Against Poverty for more than 5 years responding to the social determinants of health in the community of Jane and Finch/Black Creek. She has recently received, this past December, the Ming Sook Lee Labour Arts Award in Labour Activists, and just received the International Women Achievers’ Award in Community Development. Butterfly graduated in Journalism Print & Broadcast with honours from Humber College and also was the first woman of colour and single mother who earned the Board of Governors Achievement Award. Butterfly is the Head News Correspondent for Jane-Finch.com; founding member of the LIFEmovement and Freedom Friday; former host for CHRY 105.5FM, the Wednesday edition of News Now a magazine radio show for five years; resident member of West-Side Arts Hub Collaborative; a TCH Tenant Representative for Tobermory; an Executive Board member for Schools Without Borders; a member of Nomanzland youth-led theatre group; just to list a few. She’s a mother to her 18-year-old son, ‘Zea’ and her one-and-a-half-year-old Papa.
Narmeen Hashim is an MA student in the Geography Department at York University as well as a mixed media artist, researcher, social rights advocate, and community arts educator. Since 2007, she has been working with CERA the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation to address the barriers that keep systemically marginalized groups from accessing housing in public and private rental markets. In 2014 CERA’s Youth Housing Program will be launched, which she has been developing since 2012. In 2008, working with community partners, Narmeen launched the Ottawa Urban Arts-Art for Action program; using community mural making and aerosol art as a means of neighborhood rejuvenation, empowerment, and movement building. She presently sits on the board of directors at Mural Routes, and facilitates arts education and empowerment workshops across Ontario, working with various organizations including; OUTBURST, Sister 2 Sister, the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club, the Ottawa District School Board, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, and One World Arts. In 2013, Narmeen completed her first independent multi-media installation to address the issue of drone warfare in Northern Pakistan and the body politique.
Gokboru Tanyildiz is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at York University. His research focuses on the reorganization of space and time in social movements after the global slump era of 2007-8. In particular, he is interested in exploring the ongoing Gezi Resistance of Turkey as the empirical site of his study. The Gezi Resistance offers striking portraits of the creation of queer time and space in-so-far as it has generated non-normative temporalities and spatialities that allow people, whose lives have been unlivable by existing political arrangements, to build alliances in intergenerational, sensuous, affectionate, responsible and responsive ways through various forms of performances, such as marches against the stark violence of the state, casserole marches against the neoliberal market imperatives that left people without food and shelter, and gender transgressive street theater, dance and music.
David Buchbinder was one of the inaugural Resident Artists at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts and is the Founder/Artistic Director of the creativity-based urban transformation organization Diasporic Genius. Diasporic Genius has developed a comprehensive vision to be a catalyst for a creativity-powered, citizen-centred renaissance of civic engagement, joining people across cultures to drive community- and city-building, with a mission to empower people to make real, positive change in their lives, their communities and their cities, by activating the power of the creative imagination and the still-untapped resource of diversity. Since 2011 Diasporic Genius has been working in the wonderfully diverse Toronto neighbourhood of Thorncliffe Park, leading Story and Creativity Circles, 7-Minute Feasts, cross-cultural Festivals and, with many engaged residents, exploring the nature of widespread creativity. David is also an award-winning trumpeter, composer and cultural inventor. He leads numerous music groups, composes for concert, theatre, film and television, presents large-scale performance projects and has toured extensively in North America & Europe.]]>
The City Institute is co-sponsoring a lecture titled ‘Troubling Territories: Poetics, Politics and the Queerness of Place.’ As part of its on-going Equity Seminar…]]>
The City Institute is co-sponsoring a lecture titled ‘Troubling Territories: Poetics, Politics and the Queerness of Place.’ As part of its on-going Equity Seminar Series, the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Accessibility, Community and Equity@York proudly present:
A lecture & dialogue on racialized geographies, visual and performance art,
and activism with
Professor Katherine McKittrick
Gender Studies, Queen’s University
who will present a talk titled
TUESDAY 25th FEBRUARY 2014
12:45p – 2:30p
Health, Nursing, Environmental Studies Building (HNES)
4700 Keele Street
Professor McKittrick’s talk will be followed by responses from Farrah Miranda (No One is Illegal) and Camille Turner, Performance Artist and Adjunct faculty, New College, University of Toronto.
This event is presented with the generous support of the Centre for Feminist Research, the City Institute at York University, and the Departments of Geography and Sociology.
Katherine McKittrick is Associate Professor in Gender Studies at Queen University in Kingston, Ontario. She researches and teaches in the areas of black studies, anti-colonial studies, cultural geographies and gender studies. She received her doctorate from York University. Her research is interdisciplinary and attends to the links between epistemological narrative, social justice, and creative texts. Her forthcoming monograph, Dear Science, supported in part by a SSHRC Insight Grant, will look at the promise of science in black poetry, music, and visual art. Part of her ongoing research program is on the writings of Sylvia Wynter. She is also editor at Antipode.
Paul Bailey, MES Candidate, email@example.com
Honor Ford-Smith, FES, firstname.lastname@example.org
Darren Patrick, PhD candidate, FES email@example.com
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All venues are fully wheelchair accessible.
Sarah Schulman was born in New York City. In addition to being Distinguished Professor of English at CUNY, she is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, non-fiction writer, AIDS historian, journalist, and active participant citizen. Beyond Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination (University of California Press, 2012), her recent books include Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences (The New Press, 2009) and Israel/Palestine and the Queer International (Duke University Press, 2012).
The series is a co-production of Ryerson University and York University.
Ryerson University supporters to date include: Department of Sociology, Center for Research in Critical Social Inquiry and Action at Ryerson, Ryerson Faculty Association, CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, CUPE 3904, Ryerson Student Union Graduate Council, and Ryerson Student Union.
York University supporters to date include: Humanities Graduate Student Association, City Institute at York University (CITY), Faculty of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture, and Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies.
Gokboru Tanyildiz, Shannon Bell, Sarah Schulman, Darren Patrick and Jessica Lee - February 10 2014]]>
While there is no funding in place through this program at the current time, we will work with interested students to open opportunities for subsidies for travel and accommodation through York University and other sources.
The Frankfurt summer semester starts in April and ends in July. Since our winter term ends in late March, this would be a perfect time for York graduate students to go on this exchange.
Frankfurt program description:
The Department of Human Geography at the Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany) has set up a two-year program called “Geographies of Globalization” with possible specialization in two fields: Economic Geography and Urban Studies. York University exchange students will be able to participate in courses and have access to academic advisors. Instruction will be in English in some courses. A description of the Frankfurt MA program can be found at: http://www.geo.uni-frankfurt.de/ifh/English/Study/study_programs/master/index.html
Eligibility: York University Masters or PhD students
* Letter of application containing a statement of how the Frankfurt exchange will contribute to your program at York University (MES students: please include plan of study);
* One letter of reference from a relevant York faculty member;
* CV with publications or other documentation relevant to this application.
Language requirement: Basic knowledge of German is an advantage but not a requirement.
Application: Open until filled
For more information contact Professor Roger Keil (email@example.com)
Please send applications to Sara Macdonald, 703 York Research Tower (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Suburbs hold the answers to many unanswered questions about urban design, community connectivity, housing affordability and demographic change in the GTA – factors that collectively affect our region’s ability to compete in a fast-urbanizing world. Reaching a better understanding of what makes suburbs function more effectively – what some call the search for “good density” – is critical because a significant proportion of global urbanization to 2050 will be in increasingly dense, mixed-use suburbs.
“Global Suburbanisms” is a multi-university project led by the City Institute at York University studying governance, built form and land use in 12 countries. Join principal investigator Professor Roger Keil, researcher Sean Hertel along with members of the Greater Toronto Suburban Working Group, including Glenn Miller from the Canadian Urban Institute, for a lively panel discussion exploring:
Christopher Hume, Architecture Critic & Urban Issues Columnist TORONTO STAR
A Region in Transition Report
The New Geography of Office Location
Dr. Roger Keil, Professor, THE CITY INSTITUTE, YORK UNIVERSITY
Sean Hertel, MES, MCIP, RPP, URBAN PLANNING CONSULTANT
Glenn Miller, MUP, RRP, Education & Research, CANADIAN URBAN INSTITUTE
Ian Chodikoff, OAA, Architect, Urban Designer, Director, FORA STRATEGIC PLANNING INC.
Jane Wedlock, Knowledge Mobilization Officer, UNITED WAY OF YORK REGION
Sony Rai, Member, SUSTAINABLE VAUGHAN
Antonio Gomez-Palacio Arq., MES, RPP, MCIP, MRAIC, Founding Partner, DIALOG