Events

The CITY Institute hosts and co-sponsors numerous events throughout the year, with professionals and academics sharing their views on pressing urban issues. Check the list below to learn about our CITY Seminar series and what else is coming up.

You’re Invited to CITY's Potluck!

December 12, 2017 10:05 am : Events, News
You’re Invited to a Potluck!   Everyone is Welcome! Please RSVP to city@yorku.ca Please join us for CITY’s holiday potluck on Wednesday December 20, 2017 at 3pm (in front of 734 Kaneff Tower).   We hope to see you there! If we don’t see you, we hope you have a great holiday break and look forward more »

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CITY Seminar - Building Socially Just Cities with Dr. Simon Black

December 1, 2017 9:53 am : Events, News
  Building Socially Just Cities: Lessons from the Yonge Street Uprising of 1992 On May 4, 1992 in Toronto, a march against anti-Black police violence turned into a riot. The march was organized by the Black Action Defense Committee, a civil rights group, police and criminal justice system watchdog founded by members of Toronto’s Black more »

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The CityAge Toronto Conference, held on November 22nd-23rd

November 28, 2017 10:39 am : Events, News
The CityAge Toronto Conference (https://toronto.cityage.org/home), co-sponsored by York University, explored how the technology boom, population boom and investments in infrastructure can help build cities that work and contribute to an inclusive economy. The conference was held on November 22nd and the morning of November 23rd. Speakers included York University's President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton and more »

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Google’s plan to revolutionise cities is a takeover in all but name

November 27, 2017 2:15 pm : Events, News
Last June Volume, a leading magazine on architecture and design, published an article on the GoogleUrbanism project. Conceived at a renowned design institute in Moscow, the project charts a plausible urban future based on cities acting as important sites for “data extractivism” – the conversion of data harvested from individuals into artificial intelligence technologies, allowing companies such more »

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Early Career Workshop in Waterloo 16-17 Nov, 2017

November 22, 2017 11:07 am : Events, News
On November 16th and 17th, the Waterloo-York Career Development Workshop in Urban Studies and Geography was held at the University of Waterloo. For the 35 PhD and Post-Doc participants, this two-day event featured panel discussions on a variety of topics from work-life balance, to academic applications and publications, and careers beyond academia. The intimate nature more »

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PRESS RELEASE: David Miller Takes Key Leadership Post in C40 Cities Network

October 18, 2017 10:54 am : Events, News
Former Mayor of Toronto and environmental leader will advance the fight against climate change in North American cities New York City, USA (04 October, 2017) – David Miller, former mayor of Toronto and celebrated climate campaigner, will join C40 Cities in the role of North America Regional Director and C40 Ambassador for Inclusive Climate Action. Miller more »

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Urban Studies students and professors on their annual field trip to Montreal

October 18, 2017 10:16 am : Events, News
Urban Studies students and professors with Professor Damaris Rose (INRS) on the annual field trip to Montreal (October 2017).

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CITY’s Meet and Greet 2017 and Book Launch (Oct. 13)

October 18, 2017 10:00 am : Events, News

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CITY Seminar Series 2017/18 Fridays 12:30-2pm

October 18, 2017 9:51 am : Events, News
626 Kaneff Tower Please join us for the CITY Seminar Series for 2017/18! Friday September 29, 2017 - Dr. Simon Bekker –  Capital Cities in Africa: Power and Powerlessness. (2012) Simon Bekker & Göran Therborn (eds.) –  The production and chief themes of this publication and the main challenges it raises October 2017 - Dr. Kevin more »

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CITY Seminar - From Sanctuary to Solidarity: Migrant Justice in an Age of Trump and Trudeau

October 18, 2017 9:36 am : Events, News
The City Seminar An interdisciplinary series of presentations and discussions on urban landscapes, past and present. Karl Gardner PhD Candidate, York University From Sanctuary to Solidarity: Migrant Justice in an Age of Trump and Trudeau Karl Gardner is an organizer, educator, and student based in Toronto. He is a member of No On Is Illegal-Toronto more »

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CCSEAS/CCEASE Conference 2017: People In and Out of Place

September 27, 2017 3:24 pm : Events, News
Panels on Urbanism The 33rd Biennial CCSEAS Conference York University | Toronto | 26-28 October 2017

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CITY events with Dr. Kevin Ward

September 27, 2017 2:09 pm : Events, News

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Dr. Kevin Ward at York University

September 20, 2017 1:38 pm : Events, News
Dr. Kevin Ward will be a visiting professor at York University over the next three years.  He will make his first visit to York University in October 2017.  Please check back for events with Dr. Ward. Dr. Kevin Ward Kevin Ward is a Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Manchester Urban Institute at more »

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The City Seminar: Friday, September 29

September 14, 2017 5:15 pm : Events, News
Dr. Simon Bekker Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa Capital Cities in Africa: Power and Powerlessness. (2012) Simon Bekker & Göran Therborn (eds.) –  The production and chief themes of this publication and the main challenges it raises. With an Introduction by Dr. Abidin Kusno, Director, York Centre for Asian Research more »

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Café Scientifique - Healthy Cities: Wednesday, September 20

September 14, 2017 3:46 pm : Events, News
The Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), along with the City Institute (CITY), invite you to join us for a discussion (and refreshments) on Healthy Cities, with: Panelists: Dr. David Buckeridge, Associate Professor, McGill University Dr. Buckeridge is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University in Montreal. He is also a more »

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Four Universities - Affordable Housing StudentDwellTO Project

September 13, 2017 4:16 pm : Events, News
In 2015-2016, the presidents of the four Toronto universities funded and collaborated on the project StudentMoveTO in order to develop the first-ever comprehensive survey of university student travel behavior, trends and needs across seven campuses in the GTA. The four presidents’ second collaborative initiative is now underway and addresses questions around housing affordability and access more »

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“Urban commons: the city beyond the public and the private”—João Tonucci

September 13, 2017 2:08 pm : Events, News
João Tonucci is a PhD candidate at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and former visiting scholar at the City Institute (2015). His research interests range from political economy, critical urbanism and Henri Lefebvre to planning theory, contemporary philosophy and postcolonialism. João recently completed his PhD thesis “Urban commons: the city more »

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It Ain't Business as Usual: Building a Geography of Solidarity for a New Geopolitical Order

March 31, 2017 2:33 pm : Events, News
The City Institute at York, and the Geography Departments at York University, University of Toronto – St. George, University of Toronto – Scarborough, and Concordia University invite you to a one-day alternative American Association of Geographers (AAG) meeting on Friday April 7th 2017 at York University, in HNES Building, Room 140 from 9am to 5pm. more »

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CITY Launches Three New Books

March 21, 2017 7:45 pm : Events, News
On March 17, 2017 after a successful inaugural AGM, The City Institute launched the following three books:   Urbanization in a Global Context edited by Alison L. Bain and Linda Peake       Governing Cities Through Regions: Canadian and European   Perspectives edited by Roger Keil, Julie-Anne Boudreau, Stefan Kipfer & Pierre Hamel   more »

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The City Institute at York University Annual General Meeting: March 17

March 10, 2017 4:09 pm : Events, News
  The City Institute at York University is pleased to invite you to our first Annual General Meeting. Time: March 17, 2017 from 2:30pm - 4:00pm Location: Room 280N York Lanes, York University.   At our inaugural AGM, we will be inviting members of the CITY Institute and those interested in being involved to come hear about the more »

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City Seminar: "Doing urban fieldwork: travelling across multiple types of borders for academic research"

March 10, 2017 4:05 pm : Events, News
Join on March 17th for a presentation by PhD students and recent graduates  as they share their personal experiences of conducting fieldwork outside of Canada. 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 more »

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Call For Proposals: University Student Housing: Addressing the Affordability Challenge

March 7, 2017 3:17 pm : Events, News
Call For Proposals: University Student Housing: Addressing the Affordability Challenge 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 more »

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Solidarity Statement

February 2, 2017 8:42 pm : Events, News
Solidarity Statement 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 more »

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New Book edited by Alison L. Bain and Linda Peake

February 2, 2017 8:38 pm : Events, News
Urbanization in a Global Context edited by Alison L. Bain and Linda Peake "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 more »

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Urban Geography Workshop/Seminar Support Award

February 2, 2017 8:31 pm : Events, News
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 more »

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Graduate Student Research Conference at York: Call for Proposals

February 2, 2017 8:27 pm : Events, News
Graduate Student Research Conference at York: Call for Proposals Deadline: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 Dear Graduate Students: You are cordially invited to submit a proposal for Visions, Collaborations, & Transformations: The First Annual York University Graduate Student Research Conference in the Social Sciences & Humanities. This conference is a special multidisciplinary event that aims to connect participants more »

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City Seminar: “Variations on Urbanism and Planning: Johannesburg perceived from a Toronto Perspective"

February 2, 2017 8:21 pm : Events, News
Join us for a presentation from graduate students Ryan Adamson, Nabeel Ahmed, Joyce Chan, Carmen Charles, Stephen Closs, Ying Gu, Floyd Heath, Patrycja Jankowski, Victoria Moore, Assya Moustaqim- Barrette, and Orli Schwartz from Ute Lehrer's Critical Urban Planning Workshop in Johannesburg. Students will present a critical analysis of Johannesburg’s post apartheid urban development along a variety more »

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Job Posting: Coordinator at The City Institute

January 28, 2017 12:46 am : Events, News
Job Posting: Coordinator, The City Institute at York University (CITY) Deadline: February 3rd, 2017 Description: The Coordinator will be responsible for providing administrative support to the City Institute at York University (CITY) and CITY’s research projects. Established in 2006, the City Institute brings together the university’s urban scholars conducting both applied and theoretical research across a more »

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Creating Opportunities Summit 2017

January 24, 2017 3:46 pm : Events, News
The City Institute assisted with a portion of the initial organization behind the 2017 Creating Opportunities Summit being held at Osgoode Hall Law School on January 26 and 27, 2017. "The purpose of the Summit is to explore local, regional and national economic development issues in Canada. Our focus will be strategies, initiatives and policies that more »

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"Transit Cities": Sean Hertel interviewed on The Agenda with Steve Paikin

January 17, 2017 6:53 pm : Events, News
On January 12th, 2017 Sean Hertel was a panelist on The Agenda with Steve Paikin. He spoke on the subject of  "transit initiatives in Ontario, how to determine which modes of transit are needed, how to build them, and who should pay for them". The full segment can be viewed online here.

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New book edited by Roger Keil; Julie-Anne Boudreau; Stefan Kipfer, and Pierre Hamel

January 17, 2017 6:51 pm : Events, News
Governing Cities through Regions  Canadian and European Perspectives edited by Roger Keil; Julie-Anne Boudreau; Stefan Kipfer & Pierre Hamel 'Governing Cities Through Regions broadens and deepens our understanding of metropolitan governance through an innovative comparative project that engages with Anglo-American, French, and German literatures on the subject of regional governance. It expands the comparative angle from issues of more »

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The City Seminar: Riding the Train to Better Student Mobility in the GTA

December 2, 2016 2:19 pm : Events
Join panelists Roger Keil (York U), Matti Siemiatycki (U of T), Chris Harding (U of T), Sara Diamond and Carl Skelton (OCAD), Tian Lin (U of T), Sean Nash and Rakim Mitra (Ryerson), Md. Moniruzzaman and Steven Farber (U of T) as they discuss transit mobility for students and the StudentMoveTO study. Friday, December 2, more »

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The City Seminar: StudentMoveTO "Riding the Train to Better Student Mobility in the GTA"

November 18, 2016 4:59 pm : Events
Join us for a discussion with Roger Keil (York U), Matti Siemiatycki (U of T), Chris Harding (U of T), Sara Diamond and Carl Skelton (OCAD), Tian Lin (U of T), Sean Nash and Raktim Mitra (Ryerson), Md. Moniruzzaman and Steven Farber (U of T) about student mobility in the Greater Toronto Area. Friday, December more »

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THE SOCIAL GEOGRAPHY OF ATHENS AND THE IMPACT OF THE CRISIS

November 11, 2016 2:21 pm : Events
The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History and the Hellenic Studies Program, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, the Department of History, the City Institute at York University (CITY), and the Urban Studies Program invite you to the talk by Professor Thomas Maloutas, Harokopio University, Athens on: THE SOCIAL GEOGRAPHY OF ATHENS more »

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The Social Geography of Athens and the Impact of the Crisis

November 5, 2016 7:18 pm : Events
The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History and the Hellenic Studies Program, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, the Department of History, the City Institute at York University (CITY), and the Urban Studies Program invite you to the talk by Professor Thomas Maloutas, Harokopio University, Athens on: THE SOCIAL GEOGRAPHY OF ATHENS more »

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The City Seminar: The Ghost Economy

November 4, 2016 2:23 pm : Events
The City Seminar: The Ghost Economy Join panelists Tom Slee, Vicki Trottier, Steven Tufts, and Kristyn Wong-Tam as they critically address the impact of short-term rentals or ‘ghost hotels’ in Toronto. Panelists will discuss how platforms facilitating short-term rentals, such as AirBnB, affect housing affordability, decent work in the hospitality sector, and residential living in more »

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The City Seminar: The Ghost Economy

October 11, 2016 6:25 pm : Events
The City Seminar: The Ghost Economy Join panelists Tom Slee, Vicki Trottier, Steven Tufts, and Kristyn Wong-Tam as they critically address the impact of short-term rentals or ‘ghost hotels’ in Toronto. Panelists will discuss how platforms facilitating short-term rentals, such as AirBnB, affect housing affordability, decent work in the hospitality sector, and residential living in more »

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The City Seminar: “Urban Regeneration: Governance and Innovation – The Arts District in Los Angeles and the Lyon Confluences Project (France)”

September 27, 2016 5:35 pm : Events
The City Institute at York University (CITY) presents: THE CITY SEMINAR: An interdisciplinary series of presentations and discussions on urban landscapes, past and present. “Urban Regeneration: Governance and Innovation – The Arts District in Los Angeles and the Lyon Confluences Project (France)” presented by Dr. Sébastien Darchen, Lecturer in Planning, University of Queensland Friday October more »

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CITYTALKS: “Unpacking Shifts in Berlin’s Cultural Ecology: New Actors, New Communities, New Policies”

September 27, 2016 5:29 pm : Events
presented by Friederike Landau, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University Berlin Friday September 30, 2016 1:00 -2:00 pm 764 Kaneff Tower The presentation sketches out the changing composition of Berlin’s cultural policymaking community: Since the 2010s, various attempts of the Berlin Senate Chancellery for Cultural Affairs (SKA) to engage with actors from the independent cultural more »

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SUBURBSTALK: Understanding the ‘Irrational’: The Contemporary Form of the Turkish State Through an Analysis of the Housing Market

September 27, 2016 5:22 pm : Events
presented by Ezgi Dogru, Political Science, York University Wednesday, September 21st, 2016: 2:00pm-3:00pm Room 280A, York Lanes, York University With reference to the field work that she conducted in 2014 and 2015 in Istanbul and Ankara, the presenter will discuss how the Turkish Mass Housing Administration (Toplu Konut Idaresi [TOKI]) was first advertised as an more »

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Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change

June 1, 2016 2:17 pm : Events
Edited by Ian Thomas MacDonald Cornell University Press $ 134.95 CAD Cloth, 272 pages ISBN 9781501706547 $ 44.95 CAD Paper, 272 pages ISBN 9781501706820   Written by a US-Canadian team of labour researchers and labour geographers, Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change investigates how and why labour unions are becoming more involved in urban more »

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“Challenging Traditional Notions of Property in Land Use Planning”

May 18, 2016 7:30 pm : Events, News
Interdisciplinary Workshop, York University June 9-10, 2016 This workshop, supported by Osgoode Hall Law School and The City Institute at York University, is aimed at early career scholars in law, geography, urban studies and other cognate disciplines.  The goal of the workshop is to rethink, challenge, and critique ‘traditional’ forms of property, in theory and more »

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CITY@10: A Decade of Research Excellence

April 19, 2016 8:03 pm : Events, News
Happy Birthday, City Institute at York University! The York University research centre, known to its associates by its short name “CITY”, celebrated its tenth year of achievement on April 5 with well-wishers from near and far. Since then, CITY has become an internationally recognized research centre, facilitating critical, interdisciplinary and collaborative urban research, public policy more »

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The City Seminar: “Open Creative Labs: Critical Reflections on Creativity and Work in Berlin” – March 6

February 23, 2016 4:40 am : Events
The City Seminar: “Open Creative Labs: Critical Reflections on Creativity and Work in Berlin” Date: March 4, 2016 Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm Location: Room 626, Kaneff Tower   Please look to attend the City Seminar "Open Creative Labs: Critical Reflections on Creativity and Work in Berlin” on March 4th, 2016, Room 626 in the Kaneff Tower York University between more »

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Sub/Urbanizing Austerity: Impacts and Alternatives: March 18, 2016

February 20, 2016 7:59 pm : Events
Please look to attend the exciting Sub / Urbanizing Austerity: Impacts and Alternative event on March 18th, 2016 at York University, 280N York Lanes Sponsored by The City Institute at York University (CITY). Follow the attached link for more information. Four exciting panels have been organized, 1) Spaces of hope in the struggle against authoritarian neoliberalism more »

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Cancelled - "Urbanizing the Regions, Master Planned Transformations and the Change of Urban Shapes". Professor M. Facchinetti

February 5, 2016 6:31 pm : Events
We regret to announce that the below seminar has been cancelled for February 10.  We will attempt to reschedule it for later in the year.    SUBURBSTALK: Urbanizing the regions, Master planned transformation and the change of urban shapes  Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm Location: Room 764, Kaneff Tower, York University   The more »

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Call for Papers: “Challenging Traditional Notions of Property in Land Use Planning” - Interdisciplinary Workshop, York University, June 9-10, 2016

January 31, 2016 11:09 pm : Events
Keynote speakers: Nicholas Blomley (Professor, Simon Fraser University) Nicholas Blomley is Professor of Geography at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is a geographer, with a general interest in law, and a particular interest in property in land. His work includes the tracing of property in many conflicts and social relations, including gentrification, urban gardening, the more »

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The City Seminar: "Why Don't Chomsky and Zizek Come to a Slut Walk and Announce the Revolution” – February 5

January 31, 2016 11:05 pm : Events
The City Seminar: Why Don't Chomsky and Zizek Come to a Slut Walk and Announce the Revolution?: The City and the Politics of Protest Date: Friday Feb 5th, 2016 Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm Location: Room 305, York Lanes, York University    The CITY Institute is pleased to announce its February City Seminar hosting Patricia Wood, a Professor within the Department of more »

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CITY: Two Analytic Windows into China's Intergenerational Bus Seat Conflicts

December 4, 2015 6:38 pm : Events
Event: Two Analytic Windows into China's Intergenerational Bus Seat Conflicts Date: January 20th, 2016 Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm Location: Sociology Common Room, 2101 Vari Hall, York University    Please join Professor Katherine Bischoping from the Department of Sociology and Zhipeng Gao from the Graduate Program in Psychology will be presenting on "Two Analytic Windows into China's Intergenerational Bus more »

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The City Seminar: Seeing like a Speculator: Making Real Estate in Fin-de-siecle Paris" - January 8

November 28, 2015 8:53 pm : Events
The City Seminar: Seeing like a Speculator: Making Real Estate in Fin-de-siecle Paris Date: Friday January 8th, 2016 Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm NEW LOCATION: Room 626, Kaneff Tower, York University    Alexia Yates is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at York University. She is an urban historian and a historian of economic life in modern Europe. more »

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