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Stripping Away the Body:
Prospects for Reimagining Race in International Relations 

Date: April 14th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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https://yorku.zoom.us/j/91267712551?pwd=Ri9ENGRwbDA3bHRtcDU2K1Fqcm1qUT09

International relations has yet to reckon with its colonial and racist foundations, with few exceptions (Hall 2020; Persaud and Sajed 2018; Persaud and Walker 2001; Persaud and Walker 2015). Analyses of race in IR are rare, although tacitly informing the field from its inception (Vitalis 2017; Harper-Shipman and Gordon 2020; Anievas, Manchanda, Shilliam 2015). When present, formulations of race have been particularly wedded to the somatic, leaving analyses of dispossessing structures and the agents that support them difficult to discern. Configurations of race have also been divorced from their origins at the root of capitalism, in favor of more U.S.-centric renderings of race as identity. The panelists engage formulations of race as the concomitant othering and rank-ordering of groups that translates into material conditions. In this discussion, we demonstrate how a re-reading of IR with race as its central tenet, offers a more generative avenue for explorations of class, gender, security, and power, writ-large. 

E(racing) Africa in IR
T.D. Harper-ShipmanDavidson College

“Multicultural” Recolonization of the First Black Republic
Mamyrah A. Dougé-Prosper
University of California, Irvine

Fear the Child:
Racial and Sexual Regulation along the US-Mexico Border

Gavriel Cutipa-Zorn
Yale University

Developing Methodology for the Exploration of Gendered Racialization: Introducing a Plural Capabilities Approach
K. Melchor Quick Hall
Fielding Graduate University
Visiting Scholar, York University Centre for Feminist Research


Unpacking Narratives around Witchcraft Accusations in Ghana

Date: April 15th, 2021
Time: 1:00-2:30PM GMT/9:00AM-10:30AM EST
Registration: https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pceqsrTsiH9cWvpl5sswscn7k-9NxPeIy

Speakers:

Prof. Agnes Atiah Apusigah, Vice President, the Regentropfen College of Applied Sciences, Kansoe-Bongo, Ghana

Dr. Isaac Dery, Lecturer, SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Ghana

Clara Beeri, esq. Lecturer, University of Ghana Law School and Senior Partner at Kasser Law, Ghana.

Dr. Constance Akurugu, Lecturer, SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Ghana

Moderator: Dr. Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed, Assistant professor of global media in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, USA

Convenors: Dr. Sylvia Bawa, York University, Canada

                     Dr. Jarpa Dawuni, Howard University, USA

Professor A. Atia Apusigah is a Professor of Development Sociology and Vice President of the Regentropfen College of Applied Sciences, Kansoe-Bongo, near Bolgatanga in Ghana. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies with Curriculum Studies from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Her research is in Education, Cultural and Gender/Women Studies. She is a scholar-activist, member of the women's movement of Ghana and active in civil society governance.

  • Dr. Isaac Dery is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of African and General Studies at the Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Ghana. Isaac holds a PhD in Gender Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His research interest focuses on constructions of masculinity and femininity, gender-based violence, peacebuilding, and African feminism(s).  Isaac’s publications have appeared in Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Gender, Place and Culture, NORMA, etc.
  • Clara Kasser-Tee is the founder and current Head of Kasser Law Firm. She is a member of the Ghana Bar Association and has publications on Oil and Gas Law, Environmental Law and Regulation, Taxation, Business Law, Institutional Assessment and Anti-Corruption. Clara Kasser-Tee graduated at the top of her class at the Ghana School of Law and is a recipient of the prestigious John Mensah Sarbah Prize given to the best overall graduating law student. She also won the award for the best student in the Law of Taxation in 2009. She is currently editorial member of the Legon Journal of International Affairs and Diplomacy and Board Member of the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), among others. Clara contributes to legal education, political and institutional development through several engagements with the media and the Ghana Revenue Authority on relevant national issues. She has earned the respect and trust of the public, (including members of the judiciary, the Ghana Bar, other public and private institutions and the general public) who openly praise her in- depth knowledge of the law, and professionalism.
  • Dr. Constance Awinpoka Akurugu is lecturer in sociology and gender studies. She obtained her PhD in Sociology from the Newcastle University in the UK. Dr Akurugu is interested in transnational feminist discourses and women’s empowerment praxis. Her research also focuses on cultural translation of theory and decoloniality. In terms of empirical research, Dr Akurugu is an ethnographer and focuses on gendered power relations more broadly. Specifically, she focuses on gender justice research and advocacy, gender-based violence and gendered cultural practices in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Akurugu also researches on the mystical world of the ethnicities in northern Ghana, particularly, the way in which the belief in the pervasiveness of other-than-human entities such as witchcraft, magic power and the ancestors inflect human sociality in these settings. Dr Akurugu’s work has been published in Feminist Theory and Feminist Review and so on.
  • Dr. Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed is an assistant professor of global media in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She is co-editor of the book “African Women in Digital Spaces: Redefining Social Movements on the Continent and in the Diaspora” (forthcoming 2021). She currently serves on the editorial board of the Communication Culture and Critique journal and serves as a board director at the West African Research Association. Her research which focuses on feminisms, decolonization and broadcast media have appeared in the Howard Journal of Communications and other reputable journals. She has worked as a radio journalist in Ghana for several years and some of her work has been published on Al Jazeera, Africa is a country, Global Voices and Okay Africa. She has appeared on several Ghanaian media platforms including the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.

Sponsors:

Centre for Feminist Research, York University https://www.yorku.ca/cfr/
Canada-Africa Human Rights Engagement (CARRISSA, SSHRC PDG) https://e-cassare.org/policy-brief-on-canadian-african-human-rights-engagements-literature-review-and-agenda-for-research/
Institute for African Women in Law https://www.africanwomeninlaw.com/
Kasser Law Firm, Ghana (http://www.kasserlawonline.com/about.html
S.D. Dombo Univ of Business and Integrated Studies, Ghana (https://ubids.edu.gh/) and
Regentropfen College of Applied Sciences, Ghana (https://recas.edu.gh/)


Femme Scholars Series – with Laura Brightwell

Resistance and Reinvention: Femmes’ Negotiations of Cultural Discourses About Femininity

Date: April 14, 2021
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Registration: https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrduqoqD0qE9TirSbjeZiFVBojHDPW0f1i

Laura Brightwell is a PhD candidate in Gender, Feminist, & Women's Studies at York University. She is a recipient of the Provost Dissertation Scholarship and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. She researches femme marginalization through the lens of storytelling. Laura is interested in the intersections of queer theory and lived experiences and bridging the gap between academic and non-academic knowledge production. Her work has been published in Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Lesbian Studies, feral feminisms, and Gender Hate Online: Understanding the New AntiFeminism.

Co-Sponsored by Sexuality Studies


Past Events

Spotlight on Islamophobia Series - Islamophobia and Anti-Blackness

Date: April 1, 2021
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Registration: https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrdemvrDgvHNG_ezbjvFz43gDRyaGmo7iW

Speakers:

Na'ima Robert 
A trail-blazing speaker, coach and best-selling author of ‘From My Sisters’ Lips’, as well as over 25 other books that have been translated into over 14 languages. She is the recipient of several literary awards and is a respected author and the author of the newly released ‘Show Up: A Motivational Message for Muslim Women.’ She has appeared on BBC's Newsnight, GMTV and on several BBC radio stations. Her work has been published on Thrive Global, in The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph. She was also the organizer and host of the Black Muslim Festival in 2020.

Mohamed Duale
Ph.D. Candidate at York University (Faculty of Education), and a Graduate Research Fellow with the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) at York University. Duale is an interdisciplinary scholar of youth, education and community in refugee and forced migration contexts, particularly in East Africa and the Horn of Africa. He taught in the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project and helped build the capacity of refugee and local teachers in the Dadaab refugee camps of north-east Kenya. Duale is currently an African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) Dissertation Fellow at Boston College.  

Moderator:

Hannah Ali
MA Candidate in Anthropology at York University (Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies). Ali is second-generation Somali-born Canadian. She completed her MA in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies in 2019 with a focus on interconnecting psychoanalysis, psychoanalytical feminism, anthropology, decolonized psychiatry and Somali Canadian studies. She has also studied Malcolm X and the complexities of his legacy within Muslim communities. Her current research looks at ethics & morality, Muslim societies, family relations, and migration amongst Somali Canadian families.

Description:
Following from the deep insights gained at CFR’s 2019 Spotlight Series’ seminar on “Anti-Blackness, Islam and Islamophobia”, the 2020 webinar draws upon the perspectives of community-engaged writers, scholars, and activists to explore and give voice to the personal, institutional and community experiences of Islamophobia and Anti-Blackness. The speakers will address ways in which Muslim communities of colour are responding to issues of racialization, profiling, and systemic discrimination in different local, national and international contexts and how they and other Muslims of colour are working to shape new narratives with communities impacted by Islamophobia and Anti-Blackness, and mitigating the impacts of these harmful discourses and enactments.

Annual Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies Talk - Dr. Andi Schwartz

Hosted by the Centre for Feminist Research and The Sexuality Studies Program

Femmeship: Political Alliances, Communities of Care, and Friendship in Femme Internet Culture – by Dr. Andi Schwartz

Date: March 24, 2021
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Registration: https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkdeygqT8iEtC4qSyuxccxMRQA8065NAcp

Dr. Andi Schwartz is the 2020-2021 Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies at York University. She has a PhD in Gender, Feminist, and Women's Studies from York University. Her research interests include femme subjectivities, critical femininities, online subcultures and counterpublics, and radical softness. Andi also holds a Master's in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies from York University and a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. Her academic work has been published in Feminist Media Studies, Social Media + Society, Psychology & Sexuality, First Monday, Feral Feminisms, Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology, and several anthologies. She is the organizer and host of the Femme Scholars speaker series. 


Spotlight on Islamophobia Series - Disrupting Islamophobia and Intersecting Oppressions in K-12 Schooling

Date: March 18, 2021
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Registration: https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkduCtrzgvG9KaNA1481rU0HzaIQH72Q9l

Despite a diversity of histories and lived realities, this webinar explores Muslim students’ and families’ experiences of Islamophobia and intersecting oppressions including anti-Black racism in K-12 schooling contexts and beyond. Islamophobia and gendered Islamophobia manifest in the absence of policies and structures that acknowledge its existence or respond to its presence in Ontario classrooms. Transformative education has the possibility to disrupt and dismantle these harmful discourses and enactments in service of justice. Join us for a conversation with educators and community partners as they speak to possibilities for humanizing the diverse experiences of Muslim students in Ontario schools.  

Speakers:

Omar Zia (School Administrator, Peel District School Board)
Gilary Massa (Human Rights and Outreach Officer, Toronto District School Board)
Amira Elghawaby (Journalist and Human Rights Advocate)
Samiya Ahmed (Parent and Community Activist)

Moderators:

Vidya Shah and Sayema Chowdhury

About the Series

The Centre for Feminist Research’s Spotlight on Islamophobia, in an attempt to further understand one of the most entrenched forms of racism, focusses on key aspects of the social forces that shape and reinforce contemporary practices of Islamophobia. The Spotlight on Islamophobia event series aim at gaining a better understanding of the multiple forms of islamophobia currently prevailing in multiple societies, grasping their historical origins in specific national contexts, and their intersections with other regimes of inequality and oppressive forces structuring contemporary human experiences.


Indigenous Women's Speakers Series with Sharon McIvor

Date: March 18, 2021
Time: 2:00 - 3:30pm
Link: www.bit.ly/sharonmcivor
Password: 595367

Sharon McIvor is a member of the Lower Nicola Band in British Columbia and a Thompson Indian. She is a lawyer and professor of Indigenous Studies at Nicola Valley Technical Institute, British Columbia's Indigenous university, where she teaches about history, politics, colonization and human rights. McIvor is a leader in the legal battle in Indigenous women's long search for equal status under federal law and the application of the Charter to Aboriginal issues. She was the plaintiff in McIvor v. Canada, 2009 BCCA 153, a ground-breaking constitutional challenge to the sex discrimination in the status provisions of the Indian Act. McIvor also served as the justice coordinator of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), and she led the struggle during the Charlottetown constitutional talks to get the NWAC a seat at the table and equal funding with other Aboriginal organizations.


Femme Scholars Series - "You Have To Have A Pretty Face": Queer Fat Femme Negotiations Of Fat Femininity with Allison Taylor

Co-Sponsored by Sexuality Studies

Date: March 17, 2021
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30pm
Registration: https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlceyrqzItGtFD5KTp8UFtdEFqI0nG_rfD

Allison Taylor is a PhD candidate in the department of Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. Taylor’s SSHRC-funded, doctoral research explores queer fat femme identities, embodiments, and negotiations of femmephobia, fatphobia, and other intersecting oppressions in a Canadian context. Her research interests include fat studies, critical femininity studies, queer theory, and critical disability studies. Her work has been published in places such as Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, Psychology & Sexuality, the Journal of Lesbian Studies, and The Routledge International.

Indigenous Women's Speakers Series - Hawaiian Decolonization and the Enduring Question of Feminism with J. Kēhaulani Kauanui

Co-Sponsored by the Faculty of Health

Date: February 25, 2021
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Join: www.bit.ly/hawaiiandecolonization
Password: 380453

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is Professor of American Studies and affiliate faculty in Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she teaches courses on Indigenous studies, critical race studies, settler colonial studies, and anarchist studies. She earned her is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press 2008) and Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism (Duke University Press 2018). She is also the editor of Speaking of Indigenous Politics: Conversations with Activists, Scholars, and Tribal Leaders (University of Minnesota Press 2018), which emerged from a radio program she produced and hosted for seven years, “Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond” that was widely syndicated through the Pacific network. Kauanui currently serves as a co-producer for an anarchist politics show called, “Anarchy on Air,” a majority-POC show co-produced with a group of Wesleyan students, which builds on her earlier work on another collaborative anarchist program called “Horizontal Power Hour.” Kauanui is also one of the six co-founders of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). She is currently completing a book manuscript provisionally titled, “Indigenous Implications: U.S. Settler Colonialism and Palestine Solidarity Politics,” an intervention in how U.S.-based solidarity activists engaged in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel situate Palestine, and the ethics of challenging one settler colonial state while situated in another.

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is Professor of American Studies and affiliate faculty in Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she teaches courses on Indigenous studies, critical race studies, settler colonial studies, and anarchist studies. She earned her is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press 2008) and Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism (Duke University Press 2018). She is also the editor of Speaking of Indigenous Politics: Conversations with Activists, Scholars, and Tribal Leaders (University of Minnesota Press 2018), which emerged from a radio program she produced and hosted for seven years, “Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond” that was widely syndicated through the Pacific network. Kauanui currently serves as a co-producer for an anarchist politics show called, “Anarchy on Air,” a majority-POC show co-produced with a group of Wesleyan students, which builds on her earlier work on another collaborative anarchist program called “Horizontal Power Hour.” Kauanui is also one of the six co-founders of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). She is currently completing a book manuscript provisionally titled, “Indigenous Implications: U.S. Settler Colonialism and Palestine Solidarity Politics,” an intervention in how U.S.-based solidarity activists engaged in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel situate Palestine, and the ethics of challenging one settler colonial state while situated in another.


Femme Scholars Series – Femme Theory: How Queer Femininities Can Help to Re-Think Gender and Power with Dr. Rhea Ashley Hoskin

Co-Sponsored by Sexuality Studies

Date: February 24, 2021
Time: 3:30 - 4:30pm
Registration: https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkf-uppjMuGd22TE6OHRqMxXJXDWswabz3 

Dr. Rhea Ashley Hoskin is an Ontario Women’s Health Scholar and an AMTD Global Talent postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo where she is cross appointed to the departments of Sociology & Legal Studies, and Sexuality, Marriage & Family Studies. Dr. Hoskin received her PhD from Queen’s University where she was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal for her work on Femme Theory. Her work focuses on Femme Theory, including femininities, femme identities, critical femininities and femmephobia. Dr. Hoskin’s work applies Femme Theory to understand psychosocial and cultural phenomenon, various forms of oppression, perceptions of femininity, and sources of prejudice rooted in the devaluation or regulation of femininity.

The Femme Scholars Series is organized by Dr. Andi SchwartzVisiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies


Book Launch - Social Reproduction and the City: Welfare Reform, Child Care, and Resistance in Neoliberal New York by Simon Black

With: Meg Luxton (Introduction) and Idil Abdillahi (Discussant)
Date: November 5, 2020
Time: 3pm-4:30pm (EST)

The transformation of child care after welfare reform in New York City and the struggle against that transformation is a largely untold story. In the decade following welfare reform, despite increases in child care funding, there was little growth in New York's unionized, center-based child care system and no attempt to make this system more responsive to the needs of working mothers. As the city delivered child care services "on the cheap," relying on non-union home child care providers, welfare rights organizations, community legal clinics, child care advocates, low-income community groups, activist mothers, and labor unions organized to demand fair solutions to the child care crisis that addressed poor single mothers' need for quality, affordable child care as well as child care providers' need for decent work and pay. Social Reproduction and the City tells this story, linking welfare reform to feminist research and activism around the "crisis of care," social reproduction, and the neoliberal city.


Chapter 2: The Darkroom - Virtual Exhibit Curated by Abdullah Quereshi

Co-Sponsored by AMPD and the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Dates: October 28-31

Chapter 2: The Darkroom, curated by Abdullah Qureshi, is a multidisciplinary virtual exhibit that looks at: cruising, erotic spaces and practices that are traditionally understood as sexually promiscuous, and thus, morally rejected or pushed to the peripheries by the dominant heteronormative society, challenging and re-claiming histories of orientalism, activating and disrupting spaces that are otherwise considered dangerous, and opening up the possibilities of sex and gender expression from queer, Muslim, and migratory perspective.


The four-day program features artistic contributions, films, and talks. The full schedule, artists, contributors and registration for the exhibit can be found on Facebook (https://fb.me/e/4FTg2dtaJ) and Instagram (@mythologicalmigrations).
https://www.abdullahqureshi.org/mythological-migrations


Book Launch - Trans and Autistic: Stories from Life at the Intersection By Noah Adams and Bridget Liang

Join authors Bridget Liang and Noah Adams with moderator Dr. Jake Pyne to discuss their new book Trans and Autistic: Stories from Life at the Intersection, featuring talks from several of the people interviewed.

Dates: September 17th and 24th
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Registration details can be found at bit.ly/trans-and-autistic

Drawing upon a wealth of interviews with transgender people on the autism spectrum, the authors explore experiences of coming out, self-discovery, healthcare, family, work, religion and community support, hoping to help dispel common misunderstandings around gender identity and autism, while allowing autistic trans people to see reflections of their own neurodiverse experiences. Trans and Autistic: Stories from Life at the Intersection is now available for purchase from stores and online retailers, including Amazon and Bookshop.