Race and Space struggles in Palestine, the Americas, and Europe
Friday, January 13,
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto
$5 minimum requested donation to cover venue cost
Wanting to encourage a broader dialogue about the Palestinian struggle in
relation to questions of race, space and power, Faculty for Palestine brings
together a panel of academics to review spatial and racial struggles in a
variety of contexts to cover such questions as:
- Which spatial forms have been used to further state racism in various national settings?
- What modes of resistance have been used to challenge racialized spatial governing practices?
- What is the relationship between different spatial politics across national settings?
- How does urbanization figure into these dynamics?
Aiming to foster maximum discussion, brief presentations will be made by each
panelist followed by a short commentary by Cynthia Wright (York University).
The balance of the evening is a moderated question and answer period.
Presenters are: Abigail Bakan (Queen’s University), Kanishka Goonewardena
(University of Toronto), Stefan Kipfer (York University), Karen Murray (York
University), and Vannina Sztainbok (University of Toronto).
Head of the Department of Gender Studies, and Professor of Political Studies,
at Queen’s University. Her current work includes a collection with Ena Dua,
on theorizing anti-racism based on a dialogue between Marxist and post-colonial
approaches; a SSHRC-funded project, with Yasmeen Abu-Laban, on the World
Conferences Against Racism and processes of racialization in the context of
Israel/Palestine. Her articles have appeared in Race and Class, Social
Identities, Rethinking Marxism, Socialist Studies, Atlantis, and Studies in
trained as an architect in Sri Lanka and now teaches design and theory at the
University of Toronto. His research is informed by Marxist and anti-colonial
scholarship and he has co-edited with Stefan Kipfer, Richard Milgrom and
Christian Schmid, Space, Difference, Everyday Life: Reading Henri Lefebvre (New
York: Routledge, 2008). His writings on architecture, urbanism, nationalism and
critical theory have appeared in both academic and popular publications in
North America, Europe and South Asia.
teaches in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. He
researches comparative urban politics and the role of ‘the city’ in Marxist and
counter-colonial theoretical traditions, including those embodied in Henri
Lefebvre, Frantz Fanon and Antonio Gramsci. With Kanishka Goonewardena, he
pursues a research project on the re-‘colonization’ of public housing districts
in Paris and Toronto.”
Associate Professor of Political Science at York University. Her current
research examines the governmental interplay of race, space and gender in urban
contexts. Her recent work on Vancouver’s east end has been published in BC
Studies, and she has a forthcoming paper entitled “The Silence of Urban
Aboriginal Policy” to be published in Urban Aboriginal Policy Making, Evelyn
Peters, ed. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
(PhD, University of Toronto) is a Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences
at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include race and space in
Latin America; intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender; the
politics of culture; and citizenship and belonging. She has recently completed
a thesis that investigates the simultaneous marginalization and celebration of
an Afro-Uruguayan neighbourhood in Montevideo, Uruguay.
teaches in the School of Women’s Studies, as well as theDepartments of History
and Geography at York University. Her diverse research interests include the
social and historical production of migrant “illegality”; the origins of
immigration controls; colonialism and imperialism; Cuba; transnational feminism
and sexuality studies; and social justice movements. With Bridget Anderson and
Nandita Sharma, she recently guest-edited a special issue of Refuge on “No
Borders as Practical Politics.”
Faculty for Palestine (F4P). Formed in spring 2008, the F4P network currently
includes faculty of all ranks (tenured, contract, emeritus, independent
researchers, retired, visiting scholars) from over 40 universities and 15
colleges across Canada.
Visit Beit Zatoun: beitzatoun.org for more programs and events.
Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– $5 minimum admission
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Due to breathing sensitivities, please avoid using strong-scented products
Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) and Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping