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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CASCA: Conferences, Calls for Papers, Events/Colloques, Appels à communication, Évènements

Conferences and calls for papers/Colloques et Appels à communication:

Les colloques et appels à communication suivants viennent d'être ajoutés à
notre page web:

The following conference announcements and calls for papers have just been
added to our web page:

-Eighth Annual International Festival of Anthropology Film: Work and

-15th International Conference of the Graduate Student Association of
the Historical Sciences Department of Université Laval - Feb 2015,

-Artifacts in Agraria Symposium: University of Guelph, October 2015

-Xavier Dolan, Queer Nations, and World Cinema: Locating the Intimate within
the Global

-CINSA 2015: Survivance & Reconciliation: 7 Forward / 7 Back - June
2015, Concordia University

-Association canadienne des études autochtones Survivance et
réconciliation: Regards croisés sur le passé et l'avenir - juin 2015,
Université Concordia

-Colloque: Dans leurs propres mots: la mobilité dans les écrits
personnels et les sources orales, 14e-21e siècles

-Pacific History Association (PHA) Biennial Conference, TaipeiTaiwan,
and Taitung - Dec. 2014

-CFP: Expert meeting "Religion, Gender, Sexuality and Activism" -
December 2014, Ghent University

-CFP Indigenous Women's Symposium, Trent University - March 2015

See them and others on our website:

Consultez-les ou voyez toute la liste en visitant notre site web:


Ecofeminism and the Reproductive Strike

Tuesday, 28 October 2014
2:00 p.m.
Mu 203, Simone de Beauvoir Institute
Concordia University, Montreal
2170 Bishop Street

Light refreshments will be served

At the time of the Chernobyl disaster in April 1986, the government of
Finland was planning to expand its nuclear power program with the
construction of a new reactor. As public opinion turned sharply
against nuclear, resistance to the project was led by a group of
feminists at the University of Tampere who organized a petition asking
women to pledge not to bear children for the next four years unless
the plans were abandoned. They rapidly garnered over 5,000 signatures,
and within months the government conceded.

Is the reproductive strike relevant to ecological struggle in the
North American context? Could it, for instance, be effective in a
potential campaign against the Alberta tar sands? Given Canada's
reliance on immigration (versus reproduction) for the expansion of its
labour force, would such a movement have any political leverage? And
would it be complicated by the ethnic diversity of the Canadian body

To address these questions, I examine the shifting cultural
significance of reproduction in the Canadian context, with a focus on
our transition, circa the 1970s, from a zeitgeist of nation-building
to one of market-building. Although a tactical reproductive strike
would present unique difficulties in the contemporary moment, I
suggest that it may nonetheless be effective in galvanizing critical
public discourse on the meaning of childrearing amidst ecological

Niko Block is a researcher and writer based in Toronto. He spent two
years on the editorial board of the McGill Daily, and three years on
the board of directors of CKUT Radio. He has been active for several
years in the struggle to liberate Palestine, in addition to the Quebec
student movement and Idle No More. He is presently working on a book
called Access to Power: The Gender Politics of Energy Enclosure for
Fernwood Press.

Thank you/Merci

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