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Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies Talk with Dr. Salman Hussain

Date: February 17, 2022
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm EST
Registration: Coming soon!

Dr. Salman Hussain is the 2021-2022 Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies and a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at York University. Dr. Hussain is a Cultural Anthropologist with research interests in Human Rights and Social Movements, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Political Violence and Terror, and Law and Decolonization. Dr. Hussain has held research and teaching fellowships at The Gradauate Center, CUNY, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  

In his postdoctoral project, he studies new forms of queer activism at the intersection of liberal legality and sexual biopolitics in Pakistan. He examines how activism for demanding gender rights and contesting inequality and marginalization revolves around the evidentary politics of the body by traditional communities of khwajasaras. Hussain's project is a part of his long-term research and activist commitment with the khwajasara communities and follows their engagement with third gender laws in the country. 

His research has appeared in Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Postcolonial Studies, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, and Anthropologica

Series: Sexuality and Nationalism in South Asia

Co-sponsored with York Centre for Asian Research

Registration: Coming soon!


Date: February 4, 2022
Time: 9:30am to 10:30am EST

Gowri Vijayakumar, Brandeis University
Oishik Sircar, Jindal Global Law School

Date: February 18, 2022
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST

Nishant Upadhyay, University of Colorado-Boulder
Sandeep Bakshi, University of Paris Denis-Diderot

Date: March 11, 2022
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am EST

Niharika Banerjea, Ambedkar University Delhi
Rahul Rao, SOAS University of London

Date: April 22, 2022
Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Vaibhav Saria, Simon Fraser University
Aniruddha Dutta, University of Iowa

How to Write for Non-Scholarly Sources with Kyle Wyatt, Editor of the Literary Review of Canada

Date: January 25, 2022
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST
Registration: Coming soon!

Book Launch: Living with HIV in Post-Crisis Times: Beyond the End Game, edited by Dr. David A.B. Murray (Virtual Event)

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Registration: TBD

Over the past decade, effective prevention and treatment policies have resulted in global health organizations claiming that the end of the HIV/AIDS crisis is near and that HIV/AIDS is now a chronic but manageable disease. These proclamations have been accompanied by stagnant or decreasing public interest in and financial support for people living with HIV (PLHIV) and the organizations that support them, minimizing significant global disparities in the management and control of the HIV pandemic. The contributors to this edited collection explore how diverse communities of PLHIV and organizations that support them are navigating physical, social, political, and economic challenges during these so-called “post-crisis” times.

Join us to hear from the editor and contributors:

Dr. David A.B. Murray, Department of Anthropology and School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University.

Dr. Robert Lorway, Institute for Global Public Health, University of Manitoba

Dr. Adia Benton, Department of Anthropology and African Studies Program, Northwestern University

Past Events

Book Launch: Demanding Equality: One Hundred Years of Feminism in Canada by Joan Sangster

Date: November 18, 2021, Virtual event
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST

“For one hundred years women fashioned different dreams of social transformation in their search for equality, autonomy, and dignity; yet what is Canadian feminism?

Demanding Equality offers illustrations of feminist thought and organizing from mid-nineteenth-century, Enlightenment-inspired writing to the multi-issue movement of the 1980s. Broadening our definition of feminism – and recognizing that its political, cultural, and social dimensions are entangled – Joan Sangster explores the different pathways pursued to gain equality. She challenges the popular “wave” theory, concluding that feminist activism was continuous, despite changing significantly across decades.

Demanding Equality presents a picture of a heterogeneous movement characterized by both alliances and fierce internal debates. This comprehensive rear-view look at feminism in all its political guises encourages a wider public conversation about what Canadian feminism has been, is, and should be.”

Roundtable: “Empowering Solidarities: Sharing Women's Experiences from War Zones and Beyond”  

Date: November 15, 2021, Virtual event 
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm EST 

Join CFR Visiting Scholars Dr. Zahra Hojati & Dr. Fazileh Dadvar-Khani as they host a roundtable discussion of women’s experiences in war zones, from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Bosnia, Somalia, and Iran.


Alina Haidary has a Master degree in immigration settlement study at Ryerson university who she also  was the recipient of Merit fellowship. Alina was the recipient of many awards, included Afhgan Professionals of Ontario in 2017,& Zonta  International, in Netherlands in 2015 as a Recipient of the Excellence in Advocacy Award, just a few of name. Alina has over 10 years of working experience for immigrant and refugee settlements with many organizations. She has also the knowledge and experience in negotiation, development, and management and she is also an integration officer at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada (IRCC) with various settlement service providers in Toronto.  

Asma Faizi has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto. She is currently General Counsel at a not-for-profit organization that represents hundreds of thousands of Canadian and foreign writers, visual artists and publishers, and their works.  Asma became a Board member with the Afghan Women’s Organization in 1998 and has been the President and Chair of the Board of Directors since 2008. For over twenty years, domestically and internationally, she has been advocating on issues related to the plight of Afghan women, challenges faced by newcomers to Canada and on human rights issues for refugees worldwide.

Adela Jusic holds a MA in Democracy and Human Rights in Southeast Europe. She is an artist who presented her work in more than 100 international exhibitions and is an award winner of the Henkel Young Artist Price Central Eastern Europe in 2011 as a few of name. She is a co-founder and worked on cultural projects at the Association for Culture and Art Crvena from 2010-2019, and is one of the 2 creators of the Online archive of the Anti-fascist struggle of women of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Yugoslavia.

Narges Abyar has a  Master degree in Persian literature; she started writing books in 1997. Up to the present, she has written more than thirty story and fiction books for children, young adults and adults. She was selected as an Oscar Academy member in 2020. She has written and directed five drama films. Her recent film is called, Pinto. She had also made several short and feature-length documentaries since 2005. Her first experience was a fiction film called “The Kind Dead-End”. She pursued her directing career further with seven features and documentaries and four cinema films. 

Khanim Raheem Latif is the founder and the director of Asuda Organization (2001 – 2018), an independent NGO for combating violence against women based in Sulaimaniyah with offices in Erbil, Duhok. After one year, she founded the Asuda’s Women Shelter, which was the first women’s protection shelter in Iraq. Despite the religious, cultural, social, and political constraints and the absence of a law about women’s shelters and women’s rights violations in Iraq, Ms. Lateef was able to stand for survivors of Gender –based Violence to protect and support women in Iraq.  

Khawlah Mousa M. Ali Al-Khazraji has worked as Chairwomen of Women Empowerment Committee in Mayoralty of Baghdad from 2012-2015. She attended many activities and training courses outside and inside Iraq related to human rights, women's rights, gender equality, strategic planning, time management, human development, public relations and human resources. She also has worked as a director of foreign affairs, translator and editor, relation with the media committee, and as chairwomen of women empowerment committee with Mayoralty of Baghdad and other organizations.

Fatina Ahmad Jameel has attended many certificate programs and received appreciation for her work and efforts for gender equality, women empowerment, development programs, civil society engagement and human rights from national and international organizations.  She also has attended provincial reconstruction programs and projects with the Baghdad provincial council. She conducted advocacy programs for both women and youth, mainly violence against women and youth development projects in Baghdad.

Istar Ahmad holds BA in Social Work and Master in international Relations with specific focus on peace and development. Istar is a researcher, advocate and Social Development Specialist with a commitment and passion to advancing gender equality, education, and empowerment for social transformation at all levels.  As a former UN staff, volunteer and social policy activist, Istar played critical role in advocating Education as a vehicle for sustainable development at all levels. Istar works with Humanitarian HR as Gender & Policy Advisor for the Horn of Africa Program.

Mania Elendari has a bachelor’s degree in media from the University of Damascus. Mania is the founder and director of the Sabbara organization in Syria. She has work experience with community organizations to support newcomers, their settlement needs, provide information and workshops for them. She also worked as a journalist and researcher with the Syrian magazines. In her work she helped refugees’ women and children in conflict areas and has an effective role to advocate their right of education.

Mayson Al-Misri has a BA in media from Damascus University . She has the experience of training children in war zone, as well as being a journalist for diverse media from 2009-2018. She providedthe agencies with news reports, news coverage and television reports.

Femme Scholars Series: Rust Belt Femme Book Talk with Dr. Raechel Anne Jolie

Co-Sponsored by the Gender, Feminist, and Women's Studies Graduate Program, the Culture and Communication Studies Graduate Program, and the Sexuality Studies Program

Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021, Virtual event
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
Register by November 9:

The Femme Scholars Series enters its second year with a book talk by Dr. Raechel Anne Jolie.

Raechel Anne Jolie (she/they) is a writer and educator based in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a PhD in Critical Media Studies, with a minor in Feminist & Critical Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnestoa. Her writing has appeared in The Baffler, Bitch, Teen Vogue, In These Times, among other publications. Jolie is also the editor and co-creator of The Prison Arcana tarot zine, made in collaboration with incarcerated artists. Rust Belt Femme is their first memoir and received recognition in NPR's Favorite Books of 2020, was a finalist in the Heartland Bookseller's Award, and was the winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award in LGBTQ Nonfiction.

Indigenous Women's Speakers Series: "Mapping Urban Communities of Care in Cartographic Art Practices" with Dr. Mishuana Goeman (Virtual Event)

Co-Sponsored by the Faculty of Health

Date: October 27, 2021
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT

Recently Indigenous artist have used cartographic tools in an artistic way to reinvision the colonial landscape, to speak to and against the mass development of Native land, uproot white supremacist architecture and create awareness of original peoples ongoing caretaking in the cityscape. Creating Indigenous Visibility in Urban Spaces is a necessary remapping of the city. Making visible Indigenous landscapes unsettle a visual settler terrain that structures ongoing dispossession. These powerful mappings are key as faceless mass development of tribal lands continue to threaten the ecologies and landscapes of Indigenous homelands, indeed all our homelands. Indians are the beautiful “graffiti,” in the words of Leeanne Betasamosake Simpson, denying settler permanence. Our art, bodies and actions are embodied sovereignty on the settler landscapes meant to erase and eradicate Indigenous forms of relationality. Artistic renditions of the relationship between the human, more-than-human, and landscapes are affective in nature and thus deep in mapping larger communities of care. We will explore the recent artistic maps of Cara Romero’s collaborative Tongva Land project, River Garza’s commissioned work for UCLA, and Mercedes Dorame’s installation at the Fowler’s The Map and the Territory alongside more traditional maps that depict the urban development of Los Angeles.

Book Launch: Frontiers of Feminism: Movements and Influences in Québec and Italy, 1960-80, by Dr. Jacinthe Michaud

Co-Sponsored by the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies

Date: October 26, 2021
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30 pm EDT

From the mid-1960s to the mid-80s, feminist activism in North America and Europe reached its peak, animated by a disparate array of issues and ideas. Frontiers of Feminism compares Québécois and Italian feminisms, revealing both the synergy between feminism and the left and the influence of American and French women’s movements on those in Québec and Italy.

This astute study combines feminist materialism and social movement theories to explore the principal ideological concerns of Québécois and Italian feminists, including Marxism, nationalism, Third World liberation discourse, and counter-cultural narratives. Identifying the convergences in and differences between these themes, Jacinthe Michaud shows how feminist responses to key topics of the time highlight the complexity of this multifaceted political movement. Her careful examination of the ways Italian and Québécois feminists perceived their respective societies as racially homogeneous – and how they represented whiteness – also elucidates the mechanisms by which their approaches to racialization created hierarchies among women.

Revisiting struggles such as the right to abortion, health and sexuality, wages for housework, and the quest for complete autonomy from masculine thought, Frontiers of Feminism brings new insight and depth to the recent history of feminist movements and an international perspective to major themes, modes of organizing, and strategies for action.

Excess: An Interdisciplinary Open Access Critical Femininities Conference

Co-Sponsored by Sexuality Studies

Date: August 19 - 22, 2021

The theme of the first annual York University Critical Femininities Conference is "Excess." The conference is hosted by the Centre for Feminist Research and Sexuality Studies at York University and will take place virtually from August 19-22, 2021. We invite graduate students and emerging scholars in critical femininities, artists, and community actors to draw on critical femininities frameworks, especially intersectional approaches, to consider excess in both its disciplining and emancipatory possibilities. More details to come.