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Welcome to the CFR 2023-2024

Welcome to the CFR 2023-2024


  • Welcome to the CFR: feminists of all genders very welcome with your ideas, grant applications, and arts, sciences and humanities events!
  • Save the date: the CFR open house is on Tuesday October 24th 11h00-12h30—stop by any time in 626 Kaneff to tea, coffee, cookies and fruit, to share ideas and learn how the CFR can support your research and events.
  • Welcome to new, interim coordinator, Mickel Allen who began on October 5, 2023 and huge thanks to coordinator Dr. Andi Schwartz, who is on leave for teaching from July 14th, 2023 to June 10, 2024. Learn more about Mickel Allen, below. 
  • Call for graduate students for the executive, deadline November 1, 2023. See more.
  • The CFR is re-chartering, which means that we will be evaluated for renewal (or closure) this academic year: we will be soliciting you very shortly by email, asking for feedback about what the CFR contributes, what it can do better and what we should prioritize over the next 5 years! This is vital to the CFR’s future, so please watch out for the survey.
  • The CFR will be sending out a call for a new director in early November, for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2024 – please watch out for the invitation to lead a wonderful community of feminist scholars! 
  • We are starting to update our events page on the CFR website and our biweekly newsletter will begin by early November. We are pleased to have co-sponsored The Women’s Bookstore 50th celebration event, held on October 10, 2023. Read our interview with May Lui here:


  1. Please come out to support Still Brazen: Twenty Years of Queering Femininity Launch & Listening Party on October 21st with Dr. Andi Schwartz, 
     information here:  
  2. Keep your eye out for other upcoming events including a day-long anti-fascist seminars in November, a week to challenge rising racisms, misogynies,trans and homophobia, Climate Change Research Month, the Indigenous women’s speakers series and much more.For updates see:    

Welcome to the CFR for 2023-2024

We live in a world of resurgent hatreds and violence, but also feminist solidarities and struggles for justice and for peace.  

As always, the Centre for Feminist Research continues to affirm our commitments to support margins to centre feminisms, welcoming feminists of all genders.

Please contact the CFR at any time for feminist events – teach-in, talk, film, panel, workshop, art exhibition or happening – you have imagined, where we especially support feminists, broadly construed, that support voices not usually heard. 

We are happy to hear from feminists researchers at all stages of their career, and especially encourage Black, Indigenous and racialized early career feminists to come to us for support with your first grant idea, which we will help turn into a fundable proposal. 

We would especially like to thank Dr. Schwartz, currently on teaching leave through to June 2024, for all her work at the CFR over the last two years. We are so pleased to welcome interim coordinator Mickel Allen, who began October 2, 2023 and who is already proving a wonderful colleague. 

Save the Date

Save the date: the CFR open house is on Tuesday, October 24th 11h00-12h30—stop by any time in 626 Kaneff to tea, coffee, cookies and fruit, to share ideas and learn how the CFR can support your research and events.

We are happy to talk about supporting your events in the arts, sciences, social sciences and humanities by feminists of all genders -- and to support the transformation of your grant into a fundable research proposal.

And we look forward to sharing with you about how to get involved in our research clusters, feminisms in focus profiles, climate change research month, new “feminist policy briefs” initiative launching later this year and more!

Welcome to CFR's Interim Coordinator

Mickel A. Allen (she/her), is a highly knowledgeable, take charge, results driven professional with a keen interest in delivering financial and research administrative support and team leadership through an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) lens. As a highly-motivated employee who thirsts expansion and new challenges, Allen continues to hone exceptional interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic and adaptability.

Allen was recently recognized by the Canadian Association for Research Administrators as the "Unsung Hero" 2023. As an example of her initiative, Allen was instrumental in catalyzing a connection between the Mona Office of Research at The University of the West Indies in Jamaica and York University, supporting greater research collaboration and knowledge exchange between the institutions.

Allen writes that she is pleased to be the interim coordinator of the CFR because its mandate aligns with her own lived experience and commitments, as a person who navigates many intersections, as an immigrant and as a woman of colour. She is especially pleased to learn about, support and showcase the work being undertaken by all CFR scholars, including graduate students, visiting scholars and post-doctoral students, faculty and professor emerita.

Outside of the CFR, Allen enjoys volunteering in the Afro-Caribbean community and marginalized women’s associations, doing DIYs, and baking up a storm.

The Centre for Feminist Research is looking for two Graduate Students to join its Executive Committee for the 2023-2024 year

Position Description The Executive Committee is responsible for matters of regular management of the Centre and serves in a consultative and monitoring capacity in relation to the Director and any Associate Directors.

The Executive meets once a month in the Fall and Winter Terms and when necessary in the Summer Term. Its meetings are called by the Director, but it may also be convened by a majority of the Executive Committee and it may be required to meet by the Council.

The term of office for graduate student members is normally 12 months, but this year will run to August 31, 2024 given the late posting of this call.


If you are interested, please send a 1-page letter of application that includes:
-A statement of interest explaining why you would like to join the CFR Executive
-Your past involvement with the Centre for Feminist Research
-Your past involvement in the departmental committees or other Research Centres

Please also attach a copy of your resume/CV.

Please email all applications and any questions to the CFR Coordinator Mickel A. Allen at