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LA&PS History Professor Leila Pourtavaf: Gender in the Iranian Archives workshop series

LA&PS History Professor Leila Pourtavaf: Gender in the Iranian Archives workshop series

Dr. Leila Pourtavaf holds a PhD from the Department of History at the University of Toronto, and was most recently a visiting assistant professor at NYU's Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.  Since joining the History department at LA&PS in 2020, she has been awarded a Connection Grant for her project Cosmopolitan Harem which looks at the social, […]

COVID-19 impacts on the working arrangements of York University faculty and staff: A research study by James Chowhan and Kelly Pike

COVID-19 impacts on the working arrangements of York University faculty and staff: A research study by James Chowhan and Kelly Pike

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, workplaces in Canada and around the world closed facilities in response to emergency government requirements, and workers who could perform their duties from home, began to work remotely. As conditions evolved, workers experienced many transitions in policies and work practices. COVID-19 Impacts on Faculty and Staff: Changing the […]

Robert W. Gehl: Rethinking the “social” in social media

Robert W. Gehl: Rethinking the “social” in social media

Prof. Robert W. Gehl is an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at York University and Ontario Research Chair in Digital Governance for Social Justice. He is an alumnus of the Fulbright Canada Research Chair program and his research focuses on network cultures and technologies, manipulative communication, alternative social media, and […]

Gerson Scheidweiler: Advancing Sexual Health Rights of Venezuelan Refugees

Gerson Scheidweiler: Advancing Sexual Health Rights of Venezuelan Refugees

Dr. Gerson Scheidweiler holds a PhD in communication from the University of Brasilia and is a recipient of the LA&PS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (2021-2022). His research is supervised by Professor Yvonne Su from the Department of Equity Studies, LA&PS. Dr. Scheidweiler’s research aims to contribute towards evidence-informed policy by helping international funders and local governments […]

Duygu Biricik Gulseren: On Employee Wellness, Productivity and Chronic Pain

Duygu Biricik Gulseren: On Employee Wellness, Productivity and Chronic Pain

School of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Professor Duygu Biricik Gulseren’s research focuses on healthy and safe work (e.g., leading healthy workplaces, chronic pain at work, work-life-health interface) and leadership (e.g., transformational leadership, abusive supervision, leadership development). Her recent article on creating psychologically healthy workplaces explores the relationship between leadership and mental health mediated by psychological […]

Jonathan A. Obar : Knowledge Mobilization on Enabling Meaningful Online Consent

Jonathan A. Obar : Knowledge Mobilization on Enabling Meaningful Online Consent

Jonathan A. Obar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication & Media Studies. His teaching and research focus on information and communication policy, and the relationship between digital technologies, civil liberties, and the inclusiveness of public cultures. Prof. Obar is currently leading a knowledge mobilization effort focused on building awareness among policymakers, platforms, […]

Adrian Shubert honoured with a Special High Decoration from His Majesty, the King of Spain

Adrian Shubert honoured with a Special High Decoration from His Majesty, the King of Spain

Prof. Adrian Shubert is a University Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at York University. He is a historian of Spain in the 18th through 20th centuries, and his articles and books have been published widely in both English and Spanish. Prof. Shubert was recently honoured with a Special High Decoration from His Majesty […]

Canada’s Rights Role in Sub-Saharan Africa (CARRISSA) : Research & Dissemination Network Workshop

Canada’s Rights Role in Sub-Saharan Africa (CARRISSA) : Research & Dissemination Network Workshop

CARRISSA is a three-year interdisciplinary and multi-country SSHRC-funded partnership development grant project focusing on collaborative research between Canadian government/non- government actors and African countries (Nigeria, South Africa, Congo, Ghana, Tanzania, Cameroun, and Kenya). The project is co-directed by Professor Sylvia Bawa (LA&PS) and Professor Obiora Okafor (the Edward B Burling Chair in International Law, John […]

Natalie Coulter: KidTech, Childhood and Digital Capitalism

Natalie Coulter: KidTech, Childhood and Digital Capitalism

Associate Professor (Department of Communication and Media Studies, LA&PS) and Director of the Institute of Digital Literacies (IRDL) at York University, Natalie Coulter’s research investigates critical issues pertaining to young people’s media cultures, focusing on the ways in which advertising, marketing and the media construct young people, and how young people respond, engage and negotiate […]

Book Launch: Breathing Aesthetics by Jean-Thomas Tremblay

Book Launch: Breathing Aesthetics by Jean-Thomas Tremblay

LA&PS Professor Jean-Thomas Tremblay’s research and teaching in environmental and sexuality studies span literary, screen, and performance cultures. Their latest book Breathing Aesthetics, releasing in October 2022, shows how minoritarian artists have responded to a crisis in breathing marked by the intensified pollution, weaponization, and monetization of the air from the 1970s onward. Breathing Aesthetics […]