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The 2021-2022 York Circle @ Home Lecture Series

Hosted by Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell, Academic Chair of The York Circle, this virtual lecture series will showcase York's leading faculty members engaging in lively panel discussions and Q&A sessions on key themes related to this year's topic: "Oh Canada! The True North Strong and Free?"

The series will be held over four sessions throughout the year.

Registration is required. You can register now by using the buttons below for each session. We'll send you a reminder closer to the event date.

Panel 1: Immigration, refugees and citizenship in Canada

Date: Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021 | 10-12pm ET 

Session overview will be shared shortly.

Luin Goldring
Professor, Department of Sociology

Luin Goldring is a Professor of Sociology at York University. Her research interests include non-citizenship, citizenship and belonging; differential inclusion; and im/migrants and precarious work. Currently, she is involved in collaborative research on the relationship between precarious immigration trajectories and precarious work, and the experiences of illegalized migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ali Kazimi
Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Arts, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

Professor Ali Kazimi (pronounced Ka-Zim-E) is a filmmaker, writer, and visual artist whose work deals with race, social justice, migration, history, memory and archive. In 2019 he received the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts, as well as a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa from the University of British Columbia.

David A.B. Murray
Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS)

Drawing on theoretical interests in culture, nationalism, colonialism, representation, performance and queer theory, Professor Murray has conducted fieldwork in the Caribbean, New Zealand and Canada examining sexual and gender minorities and their relations to local, national and transnational social, political and economic forces. 

He is the author of Opacity: Gender, Sexuality, Race and the Problem of Identity in Martinique (Peter Lang 2002), Flaming Souls: Homosexuality, Homophobia and Social Change in Barbados, (University of Toronto Press, 2012) and Real Queer? Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Refugees in the Canadian Refugee Apparatus (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015). He is the editor of Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space (Duke University Press, 2009) and Queering Borders: Language, Sexuality and Migration (John Benjamins Publishing, 2016). Professor Murray is currently engaged in a research project focusing on how people living with HIV/AIDS are navigating 'end of the AIDS' discourses in Toronto, Canada and Bridgetown, Barbados.

Panel 2: Francophone in Canada: Negotiating minority and majority rights

Date: Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 | 10-12pm ET 

Session overview will be shared shortly.

Dr. Francis Garon
Associate Professor, Professor, Political Science, Glendon College


Dr. Emily Laxer
Professor, Sociology, Glendon College


Dr. Marcel Martel
Professor, History, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS)


Panel 3: Enslavement in Canada

NEW DATE: Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022 | 10-12pm ET

Full list of panelists and event description will be shared shortly.

Panel 4: Parenting while Indigenous

NEW DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2022 | 10-12pm ET

Full list of panelists and event description will be shared shortly.

Ideas for Life, Living and the World Around Us

Since 2009, York Circle has showcased the ideas and research being generated by York University’s community. Topics come from every faculty and have included discussions around gender issues, brain function, mental health, international aid, sports injuries, financial policy and many more evolving subjects. Learn more about our past lectures and the distinguished speakers who presented them, and then sign up to hear about our upcoming presentations.

Join The York Circle! Membership is free! Once you’ve joined, we’ll invite you to each event where you can learn about current research on key topics from York’s professors.

Please note: Current students and faculty of York are not eligible to join The York Circle but can attend as a guest of a registered member.

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