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Upcoming Fall Events presented by Centre for Feminist Research

Upcoming Fall 2015 Events — York University

Archive, Freedom, History and the Radical Imagination Graduate Workshop

With: Dr. Anthony Bogues
Introduced by: Dr. Enakshi Dua
Date & Time: Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: 626 Kaneff Tower, York University
Event Summary: This is an opportunity for graduate students to discuss Prof Bogues’ work in a workshop setting. An assigned reading will be distributed prior to the workshop. Limited space available.
Bio: Dr. Anthony Bogues is an Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, Professor of African and African Diaspora Art and affiliated Professor of Political Science at Brown University, where he is currently the inaugural Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. His scholarly work includes: Empire of Liberty: Power, Desire and Freedom; The George Lamming Reader: The Aesthetics of Decolonization; After Man Towards The Human: Critical Essays on Sylvia Wynter; Black Heretics, Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals, and From Revolution in the Tropics to Imagined Landscapes: The Art of Edouard Duval Carrie.
Co-Sponsored by: the Graduate Program in Political Science, Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies, CERLAC, Faculty of Environmental Studies, and the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University.

Theorizing Anti- Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories Book Launch

Panel discussion with: Drs. Abigail B. Bakan and Enakshi Dua (editors), and Sedef Arat-Koç, Himani Bannerji and Anthony Bogues (contributors).
Date & Time: September 9, 2015, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Nexus Lounge 12th Floor OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
Event Summary: Please join us to celebrate the launch of the edited volume, Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories. 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.
Co-Sponsored by: The Department of Social Justice Education at OISE and University of Toronto Press.

Engendering Transnational Voices: Studies in Family, Work, and Identity Book Launch &
Journey to Find Myself Again:
Experiences of South Asian immigrant women in the Canadian Labour Market Film Screening
With: Drs. Guida Man and Rina Cohen, editors & Tania Das Gupta and Srabani Maitra, film producers.
Date & Time: September 30, 2:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: Harry Crowe Room, 109 Atkinson, York University.
Event Summary: Engendering Transnational Voices examines the transnational practices and identities of immigrant women, youth, and children in an era of global migration and neoliberalism.
Journey to Find Myself Again is a short documentary film that presents the employment trajectories of three highly educated immigrant women from South Asia, one of the largest sources of new immigrants in Canada today.
The book launch and the film screening will be followed by a reception.
Co-Sponsored by: Wilfrid Laurier Press and YCAR, York University.

The Black Social Economy: Banker Ladies and Money Pools in the Americas Talk

With: Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein
Date & Time: Thursday, October 22nd, 2:30-4.00pm
Location: 626 Kaneff, York University
Event Summary: Millions of Black people in the Americas participate in informal banks (or ROSCAs) – money pools managed by women known as “banker ladies”. 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.
Bio: Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein is an Assistant Professor of Business and Society in the Department of Social Science, and an executive member at the Harriet Tubman Institute at York University. Dr. Hossein writes on community economic development in urban communities, examining issues of exclusion in business.
Co-Sponsored by: Tubman Institute, York University.
Deleuze and Guattari, Feminism, and Queer Theory An Introductory Workshop
With: Dr. reese simpkins
Date & Time: November 10, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Location: 626 Kaneff, York University

Event Summary: Ever wanted to name drop Deleuze and Guattari? Or even incorporate their work into your own? Well, now you can!

In this introductory workshop, we will discuss the basics of Deleuzo-Guattarian theory in an accessible manner, and assess their potential for feminism and queer theory. We will focus on Deleuze and Guattari’s work A Thousand Plateaus, including their discussion of rhizome and becoming. We will also cover topics of embodiment and affect, as well as the political implications of Deleuzo-Guattarian based frameworks.
Already familiar with Deleuze and Guattari?
This workshop is a great chance to come and discuss your ideas, as participants at all levels of familiarity are welcome to have their writing incorporated into the discussion.

Bio: reese simpkins received his PhD in Political Science from York University in 2012. His work uses a Deleuzo-Guattarian framework to explore the intra-relation of matter, space, and time within the context of trans* politics.
Co-sponsored by: Sexuality Studies, York University.
RSVP to: reese simpkins at and Julia Pyryeskina at by October 28 with a brief explanation about your interest in the topic. Two suggested readings will be provided. Limited space available.

Bottomhood Is Powerful Talk and Video Screening
With: Dr. Nguyen Tan Hoang
Introduced by: Dr. Dai Kojima, Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar, CFR
Date & Time: November 11, 2-4pm
Location: 626 York Lanes, York University
Event Summary: The presentation examines the ways that anal erotics and bottom positioning refract the meanings of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality in Asian/American visual culture. Dr Hoang argues that “bottomhood” simultaneously enables and constrains Asian American men in moving-image media. Conceived as a sexual position, a social alliance, and an aesthetic form, bottomhood affirms a politics that embraces risk, receptivity, and vulnerability. Gay male video pornography and sex cruising websites constitute case studies. The talk will be supplemented by a short video screening.
Bio: Nguyen Tan Hoang is a videomaker and academic. His videos, including K.I.P, PIRATED!, and Forever Bottom!, have been screened at MoMA, The Getty Center, and The Pompidou Center, and numerous film and media festivals. Hoang’s writings have appeared in Porn Studies, Vectors:
Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular, Resolutions 3: Global Networks of Video, and Porn Archives. His book A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation was recently published by Duke University Press in the Perverse Modernities series. He is Associate Professor of English & Film Studies at Bryn Mawr College.
Scholarship & Cultural Production: A workshop on the intersection of academic research and documentary film practices Film Workshop
With: Dr. Lilia Topouzova
Date & Time: December 15, 12:00 – 2:30pm
Location: 519 Kaneff, York University
Event Summary: This interdisciplinary workshop examines the interactions between documentary filmmaking and scholarly inquiry. Participants will scrutinize the ways in which scholarship and film seek to foster an understanding of current political events and historical processes. The workshop comprises brief pre-circulated readings and the screening of selected film sections during our meeting. Workshop participants may elect to have their own individual projects, be they written or visual, incorporated in the discussion.
Bio: Dr. Lilia Topouzova is a historian and an award-winning documentary filmmaker, whose interdisciplinary practice addresses the representation of trauma and forms of remembrances across different historical and contemporary settings. She is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) at Concordia University. Dr. Topouzova is currently in pre-production of her third film, “Anaanaga: My Mother,” supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Art Council.
RSVP to: Julia Pyryeskina at by November 30, 2015.