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Wednesday, September 23, 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:

-CFP: Australian Association for Pacific Studies, April 2016

-CFP: Who will queer political ecology? - International Conference of
the European Network of Political Ecology - Stockholm, March 2016

-Colloque: l'Association Canadienne des Études Culturelles -
Perturbations - janvier 2016, WLU

-CFP: Canadian Association of Cultural Studies Biennial Conference -
Disruptions - January 2016, WLU

Monastir, Tunisia, janvier, 2016

-Panel Search-- Activism, Civil Society and Heritage - Association of
Critical Heritage Studies Conference 2016

-Panel Search-- Heritage and Liminality: cross-cultural and inter
disciplinary perspectives on liminality and cultural heritage -
Association of Critical heritage Studies Conference 2016

See them and others on our website:

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


Upcoming Talk:
Professor Esmeralda Thornhill

"Reading R. v RDS: A Key to Understanding the Dynamics of 'Race'
and Gender Intersecting"

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015

Simone de Beauvoir Institute
2170 Bishop Street
Concordia University, Montreal

Abstract: To many Black women compelled to chart and pilot our lives
in the interstices between `race` and gender, everything has
changed, but nothing has really changed. Eighteen years ago the
Supreme Court of Canada delivered a ground-breaking decision on 'race'
and racism in the landmark case, R. v. RDS – an eye-opener on several
levels. This case which started out as the criminal trial in
Family Court of a Black youth on a bicycle, ended up with the Black
female trial judge herself being "tried" by the legal, political,
and social systems of our country. RDS opens a direct window on
the complex dynamics, inevitable ongoing tensions, and palpable
material reality that all come into play when 'race' and gender
intersect. The case's historical and legal significance cannot be
understated. Yet, more important than the actual court case itself
is the aftermath and attendant fall-out, so rife with egregious
acts of omission and commission that individually and collectively,
we are impelled to question the glaring contradictions between the
equality "speak" and actual praxis of t so many well- intended
do-gooders… feminist practitioners not excepted.

BIO: Esmeralda Thornhill is a lawyer, linguist, and pedagogue by
training, a lecturer, researcher, anti-racism trainer and writer by
experience, and a community advocate and organizer by conviction. A
seasoned Human Rights educator, she is currently a tenured Full
Professor of Law at Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie) where she
was appointed the first scholar to anchor and pilot the
distinguished James Robinson Johnston Endowed Chair in Black Canadian
Studies (1996-2002), an unprecedented national initiative
"established to bring Black culture, reality, perspectives,
experiences and concerns into the Academy". Called to the provincial
Bars of both Quebec (1987) and Nova Scotia (1998), she is also a
2006-2007 Canada-US Fulbright Visiting Scholar (Temple), and served as
McGill University's First O'Brien Fellow in Residence (2012). The
recipient of two honorary doctorates (CUNY 1996, Concordia ,1997),
Professor Thornhill holds the following credentials, notably: BA
Joint Honours (McGill), Second Language Education (McGill), M.A.
(Montreal), LLB. (UQAM) Diploma in International and Comparative Law
(San Diego- Paris). As a direct outcome of the 1982 First
International Conference on Teaching and Research Related to Women,
hosted by the Simone de Beauvoir Institute (ISdB), she
conceptualized, developed, and taught the first Canadian
university-accredited course on Black Women's Studies, Black Women:
The Missing Pages from Canadian Women's Studies( (ISdB 1983, 1988),
along with Confrontation and Collaboration: Issues in Canadian Women's
Studies (1988) . A founding member of the Congress of Black Women of
Canada, she served as national President from 1989-1991, was the first
woman of colour appointed to the Quebec Council on the Status of Women
(1981), was profiled in Ces 350 femmes qui ont bâti Montréal, and was
honoured with Quebec's 1992 Salon de la femme Woman of the Year
Award for Humanitarian and Social Action. R v S (RD) [1997] 3 S.C.R.

The Lounge
2170 Bishop Street
Montreal, PQ
H3G 1M8

Metro: Guy/Concordia
Green Line

Light Refreshments will be served.

Douglas College - free in-depth panel discussion, Legacies of Berger
Oct. 2, 7-9pm
Laura C. Muir Theatre at the College's New Westminster Campus, 700
Royal Avenue (Douglas College)
More information:

Thank you/Merci

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