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Monday, October 5, 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: How do we 'do' military studies? Critically engaging with
methods and fieldwork

-CFP: Space, Race, Bodies II: Sovereignty and Migration in a Carceral Age

-Final CFP: The Multicultural Question in a Mobile World, Florence, April 2016

-CFP: Power, Re/Production, & Capital in the Web of Life:
Environment-Making in the Capitalist World-Ecology (AAG)

See them and others on our website:

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


Starvation as a Political Tool from the Nineteenth to the Twentieth
Century: The Irish Famine, The Armenian Genocide, The Ukrainian
Holodomor and Genocide by Attrition in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Charbonnel Lounge, Elmsley Hall (1st floor)
81 St. Mary's Street, Toronto

Organized by the Munk School of Global Affairs
Mark McGowan
University of Toronto
George Shirinian
Zoryan Institute
Andrea Graziosi
Università di Napoli Federico II
Samuel Totten
University of Arkansas

This event is open to the public, but we request that you register online.
To register, visit:

States have many tools at their disposal to suppress their subjects:
the military, police, taxes, and laws, to name a few. The extent to
which starvation has been used, or became a way to discriminate
against, punish or eliminate national, ethnic, racial or religious
groups (as described in the UN Genocide Convention) has not always
been appreciated. The symposium focuses on four case studies to shed
light on the politics of starvation, examining methods, their
effectiveness as instruments of government policy, and the devastating
effects on target populations.

The Irish Famine took place between 1845 and 1852. The Irish
population was heavily reliant on potatoes as a food staple, but
potato blight destroyed several crops during this period. England's
policies, including those regarding land acquisition, absentee
landlords, and the continued export of grain from Ireland, exacerbated
the Famine, in which approximately one million people died, with a
million more emigrating, causing the island's population to fall by
between 20 and 25 percent.

During the First World War, as many as 1.5 million Armenians perished
due to the genocidal policies of the Young Turk government of the
Ottoman Empire. The Armenians were internally displaced, murdered en
masse, or died of thirst, starvation and disease. Those who claim
there was no genocide say there was a shortage of food for everyone. A
closer examination reveals a deliberate policy of withholding food and
deporting the Armenians to where there was no food, water or shelter.

The Holodomor, or artificial famine in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist
Republic in 1932 and 1933, killed an estimated 4 million Ukrainians.
Soviet policies, including confiscation of grain and household
foodstuffs and restrictions on travel from affected areas, led to
death rates in Ukraine of 25,000 people per day at the height of the
Famine. During this period, Stalin also decimated Ukrainian religious,
intellectual and political elites in an effort to quell aspirations
for Ukrainian political autonomy.

In the late 1980s-1990s, the government of Sudan perpetrated sustained
attacks against the people of the Nuba Mountains in the South Kordofan
region through aerial bombardment of civilian villages and a genocide
by attrition through forced starvation, including blockading
humanitarian aid efforts to bring food and medical care into the
starving region. These events preceded the current war (2011-present).

In some cases, powerful governments willfully acted against civilian
minority populations. In others, hunger was intensified by policies
directed against specific groups or peoples. The Statute of the
International Criminal Court includes the denial of humanitarian
assistance as an act that may lead to starvation, and the Geneva
Convention prohibits the starvation of civilians as a method of
warfare. The United Nations Genocide convention states that
"deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to
bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part" is a
genocidal act. What measures have been employed to intervene in cases
of forced starvation? What legal instruments and mechanisms are
available to the international community? In reviewing these four
cases, the symposium will address these questions and other issues of
contemporary relevance.

10:00 a.m.— Session One

Rethinking "The Famine Plot": The Case of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1851
Mark McGowan, University of Toronto

Forced Starvation in the Armenian Genocide
George Shirinian, Zoryan Institute

Discussant: Joyce Apsel, New York University
Chair: Doris Bergen, University of Toronto

12:00 noon—lunch break

1:00 p.m. — Session Two

Stalin and Starvation as a Tool To Tame the Ukrainian Peasantry
Andrea Graziosi, University of Naples

Genocide by Attrition in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan: From Malnutrition
to Severe Malnutrition to Starvation, Samuel Totten, University of
Arkansas (Emeritus)

Discussant: Joyce Apsel, New York University
Chair: TBA

3:30 p.m. — The Holodomor through Oral History: Presentation of the
Transformation of Civil Society Project by Natalia Khanenko-Friesen,
University of Saskatchewan

Upcoming Lecture: What is ableism and how is it an ever-present form
of oppression?

Laurence Parent
October 15, 2015, 12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Is the city and its architecture making us equal or unequal? What is
ableism and how is it an ever-present form of oppression? Explore
these questions and discover forms of resistances via activism during
this free talk.

Room H-1220, Henry F. Hall Building (1455 De Maisonneuve W.),

Sir George William Campus, Concordia University, Montreal

A talk by Laurence Parent, PhD candidate in Humanities and Activist.

Learn more about her work at :

This is a free talk open to all, as part of the " Let's talk about
Equality!" speaker series hosted by the Department of Political Science.

Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: Current and Future Research

Thursday, October 15, 2015
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs,
1 Devonshire Place, Toronto

Deb Brennan
University of New South Wales
Fiona Williams
University of Leeds
Jennifer Fish
Old Dominion University
Rachel Silvey
University of Toronto
Shahra Razavi
UN Women

How can we best study the experience of caregivers and care receivers?

What new challenges are researchers in this field facing? What
questions remain?

In Canada and around the world, the meanings of care are changing. The
reorganization of care, responding to shifts in gender roles,
demographic patterns, and socio-economic structures, has led to a huge
increase in the global migration of women and men to work as care
givers, many leaving families behind. These changes have raised
questions about citizens' rights to care and migrants' rights to
citizenship. Join us as we explore how researchers are addressing
these fast-changing developments.

This event is open to the public, however we do ask that you register.
To register online, go to:

Thank you/Merci

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