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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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:

-Conference Call for Abstracts - Digital Queers

-Symposium on Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work -
Congress, Ottawa, June 2015

See them and others on our website:

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


Upcoming Talk

Reena Katz aka Radiodress - Thunder and Flowers: Queer Auralities
Ryerson University, Toronto

Reena Katz
Thursday, March 5th at 7:00pm In 1 week
Ryerson University, LIB-72 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON
From re-imagining John Lennon and Yoko Ono's iconic bed-ins to
producing a monthly radio show on cultural resistance, Reena Katz aka
Radiodress has built a prolific artistic and pedagogical career
exploring social justice issues.

As part of Hacking the Culture Speakers Series, a project of Ryerson's
Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought, Reena Katz aka
Radiodress will discuss how she uses live and recorded talking,
whispering, singing, yelling and listening to consider bodies as sites
of knowledge, and communication as a social and political practice.
Her artist talk will focus on two recent projects: love takes the
worry out of being close: public assemblies in bed with queers and
Midnight Dawn 20-10-10. In both works, Katz harnesses the power of
audience participation in public spaces to emphasize the relationship
between collective voice and the empathic act of listening.
See event on

Upcoming Talk
Shantha Rau Barriga
Director of the disability rights program at Human Rights Watch

Justice for Women Girls with Disabilities
Gardiner Museum, Toronto

Wednesday, March 11th at 6:30pm In 2 weeks
Gardiner Museum 111 Queen's Park, Toronto, ON
Shantha Rau Barriga is director of the disability rights program at
Human Rights Watch. She is responsible for monitoring developments in
the field of disability rights, overseeing research on discrimination
and human rights violations against persons with disabilities
worldwide, and leading global advocacy initiatives.

She has carried out research and advocacy on a range of issues
including: abuses against people with mental disabilities in Ghana,
barriers to education for children with disabilities in Nepal,
violence against women with disabilities in northern Uganda, and
barriers to political participation in Peru. Shantha has also worked
closely with researchers across thematic and regional divisions to
produce reports that address disability issues in Argentina, China,
Croatia, Iraq, Kenya, South Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, and the United

Shantha was a member of the UNICEF Advisory Board for the 2013 State
of the World's Children report and serves on the WHO expert group on
violence against children with disabilities in institutional settings.
She is also a member of the International Network of Women with

Before joining Human Rights Watch, Shantha participated in the
negotiations toward the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities and has worked on a range of issues in the disability
field including legal capacity, accessibility, women and children with
disabilities, sexual and gender-based violence, rehabilitation and
access to justice.

Shantha received degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
at Tufts University and the University of Michigan, and she was a
Fulbright Scholar to Austria. She speaks German and Kannada, an Indian
See event on

Upcoming Talk:

Just Like a Girl: The Female Poverty Trap
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Food For Thought Speaker Series

Just Like a Girl: The Female Poverty Trap

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Baillie Court, 3rd Floor, Art Gallery of Ontario317 Dundas Street
West, Toronto

6:30PM Doors Open | 7:00PM Food for Thought | 8:30PM Reception*
(*light snacks and refreshments)

Tickets: $20 each (includes light refreshments; available online at this link)

Why is the story of poverty in Toronto so much a women's story? In the
second installment of The Stop's Food For Thought speaker series,
presented in partnership with Maytree, we'll look at why women's lives
are consistently tied to poverty and how the trap of poverty affects
their health and prospects for the future, ensnaring their children
for generations to come.

We'll explore which policy levers most effectively lift women out of
poverty, and how doing so transforms their futures, families, and
entire communities.

We are honoured to have this discussion animated by family physician
and health justice activist Dr. Ritika Goel, Deena Ladd of Workers'
Action Centre, and Armine Yalnizyan of Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives. Moderating the discussion will be Alex Johnston of
Catalyst Canada. The conversation will continue among speakers and
guests at the reception following the formal program.

Dr. Ritika Goel is a family physician with the Inner City Health
Associates in Toronto. She has an MD from McMaster University, family
medicine training from St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and a Master
of Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her
clinical work is with people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness
as well as migrants with precarious immigration status. Ritika is a
board member and volunteer physician at the Scarborough Community
Volunteer Clinic for the Uninsured and co-chair of the Ontario College
of Family Physicians' Poverty and Health Committee. She works on
various social justice issues through organizations such as Health for
All and Canadian Doctors for Medicare.
Deena Ladd is the co-ordinator of the Workers' Action Centre. The
Workers' Action Centre works with predominantly low-waged immigrant
workers and workers of colour in precarious jobs that face
discrimination, violations of rights, and no benefits in the workplace.
Armine Yalnizyan is one of Canada's leading progressive
economists. She joined the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives as
senior economist in 2008. Armine has a twice weekly business column on
CBC Radio's biggest morning show, Metro Morning, reaching a million
listeners in the Greater Toronto Area. She also appears weekly on the
Big Picture Panel, featured Wednesdays on CBC TV's premier business
show The Exchange with Amanda Lang (formerly The Lang and O'Leary
Exchange), and contributes to Globe and Mail's Debates. Armine sits on
the advisory board of the Institute for Population and Public Health,
one of 13 Canadian Institutes for Health Research. She is also Vice
President of the Canadian Association for Business Economics.
Alex Johnston leads the Catalyst Canada office and is responsible
for shaping a strategy for Catalyst's continued growth and member
engagement in Canada. Alex comes to Catalyst with more than a decade
of leadership experience in the public and private sectors. She
practiced law, with a general corporate and commercial law practice in
mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and corporate
re-organizations at Goodmans LLP before joining the office of Ontario
Premier Dalton McGuinty in 2003, where she served as Executive
Director of Policy. In this role, she worked closely with policy,
community, and business leaders and with senior members of government
to develop, implement, and communicate the Government's agenda. She
played a key role in advancing a progressive women's agenda, including
initiatives to support women's economic independence and health. A
long-time advocate for women, Alex was a founding member of the first
student-run sexual assault center in Canada, served as a legal advisor
in a shelter for women and children, and after living in China for two
years, began graduate studies on Chinese women's legal rights and
experience with the justice system. Alex is fluently bilingual and
holds a BA, LLB, and BCL from McGill University. She grew up in
Montreal and now lives in Toronto where she and her husband are
raising their three young children.

Saba Mahmood talk
Friday March 6th
3:30-5:30pm, MW296, UTSC Centre for Ethnography

Azazeel in Egypt

This talk focuses on a 2008 controversy that erupted around the
acclaimed novel Azazeel in Egypt between
Muslims and Christians. While literary critics hailed the novel as an
artistic achievement, the Coptic Orthodox
Church condemned it for defaming Christianity and fomenting
Christian-Muslim strife. After the Church failed
to get the novel banned, secular critics quickly cast the controversy
as a battle between religious taboos and
freedom of expression. Mahmood contests this diagnosis by elaborating
a different set of issues that were at the heart
of the Azazeel debate, including in commensurable conceptions of
divinity, religion, history and literature.

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