SJRI Event [Dec 4]: Art, Archives and Affinities

Art, Archives and Affinities: Exploring Social Justice across Disciplinary Boundaries

December 4, 2014 at 3pm
Mahtay Café, 241 St. Paul St., St. Catharines

Please come out and join us!

For more information, visit the event page on Facebook or contact Maria Callaghan.

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Anti-Violence Event [Dec 17]

National Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Dec 17 from 5 to 7 pm at the Niagara Artists Centre (354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines)

Speakers include:

Naomi Sayers is a sex worker activist and Indigenous feminist. She is the creator of and founder of Southwestern Ontario Sex Workers. She is currently attending the Common Law program at the University of Ottawa.

Sarah M is a sex worker activist, student and writer. Her work can be found in The Hamilton Spectator, Briarpath,, and on her blog at

Alex T is a sex worker, a student, and a cabaret performer. She has been active in the sex workers rights movement for more than 20 years.

All are welcome!

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CFP [Due - May 1]: Movements in Post/Socialisms

Interface journal call for papers: Movements in Post/Socialisms

Issue 7/1 (November 2015), deadline May 1 2015

Theme editors: Jiří Navrátil, Elizabeth Humphrys, Kevin Lin, Anna Szolucha

The November 2015 issue of the open-access, online, copyleft academic/activist journal Interface: a Journal for and about Social Movements invites contributions on the theme of Movements in Post/Socialisms as well as general submissions.

The 20th century saw the establishment of, and experimentation within, socialist states across the globe. These efforts were variously lauded, critiqued, condemned and their ‘socialist’ nature disputed. This call for papers asks about the movements that have come in the wake of the collapse and transformation of these diverse regimes.

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SJRI Affiliate Awarded Tribute to Teaching Award | Brock News

This year’s recipients of the Brock University Tribute to Teaching awards share similar philosophies in the classroom.

Both Lydia Chen and Paula Gardner prefer a hands-on approach when it comes to getting their message across.

For Gardner, who won the Brock University Award for Excellence in Teaching for Early Career Faculty, “experience is at the root of understanding.”

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New SSHRC Opportunity | Knowledge Synthesis Grants

Upcoming launch of a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grants competition

SSHRC would like to take this opportunity to inform you of an upcoming Knowledge Synthesis Grants competition. This competition will be launched in support of the objectives of the Imagining Canada’s Future initiative, with a focus on one of the six future challenge areas. The knowledge synthesis will address the challenge area of: What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need to thrive in an evolving society and labour market?

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Local Activism [Dec 6-7]: Haudenosaunee Treaty Right to Hunt

Locals Support Haudenosaunee Treaty Right to Hunt in Short Hills Provincial Park, St. Catharines, Ontario

Sat. Dec. 6 and Sun. Dec. 7, 2014, Haudenosaunee hunters will be exercising their treaty-guaranteed right to hunt on their traditional lands. In the face of protest by a few hunting, environmental, and animal rights groups, the Haudenosaunee hunters will be accompanied by locals who support this exercise of their treaty right to hunt, with a peaceful demonstration and dialogue.

Short Hills Provincial Park has hosted the hunt for the last few years as arranged by the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. However, anti-hunt protests and hunt-disruptions marred last year’s hunts.

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CFP [Due - Feb 15]: Controlling Sexuality and Reproduction

Call for Presentations

Controlling Sexuality and Reproduction,
Past and Present
August 12-14, 2015
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Confirmed Keynotes Speakers

Paul A. Lombardo

Dorothy E. Roberts

Sexuality and its effects, as Michel Foucault once claimed, operate as dense transfer points of power relations. As such, states, institutions and citizen groups have been and continue to be deeply concerned with producing an ideal, normative citizenry by controlling sex, sexuality and reproduction.

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CFP [Due - Jan 30]: Under Currents | Journal of Critical Environmental Studies

Special Issue on Environmental Justice

Over thirty years has passed since community activists gathered together and fought back against toxic dumping in their town of Afton in Warren County, North Carolina. The decades-long resistance that took place in Warren County marked the founding of the environmental justice movement in the United States, a movement that, to this day, is predominantly led by women of colour. The framework of environmental justice has since been adopted and adapted in activist and academic circles around the world. However, though environmental justice is a relatively new term, the idea is centuries old. As Agyeman et al. point out, Indigenous peoples on the land now called Canada have long been “articulating environmental injustices in relation to loss of land, Aboriginal title, and devastation of their traditional territories and the life forms they support” (7). This issue of UnderCurrents therefore encourages broad and inclusive interpretations of environmental justice as a tool for expressing intersections and alliances between social and environmental movements.

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Call for Applications [Due - April 1]: Guelph MSc in Capacity Development & Extension

The MSc in Capacity Development & Extension at the University of Guelph is aimed at students interested in acquiring the theoretical foundation and applied interdisciplinary skills for agricultural knowledge management, rural and environmental communication, adult learning, organizational change and leadership.

Unique in Canada, CDE is a research-oriented program, designed with two kinds of student in mind: 1) those interested in the scholarly study of knowledge management and learning processes for agricultural, rural and remote communities in Canada and/or internationally; and 2) mid-career educators, community activists and communicators interested in familiarizing themselves with the scholarly literature in this field and in pursuing a specific research project. While some previous study or work related to local or international community development experience is preferred, this is not a requirement for entry into the MSc in Capacity Development & Extension Studies, and we welcome applicants of all disciplinary and professional backgrounds.

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CFP [Due - Jan 5]: York Symposium on the Scholarship of Engagement

The Vice President Research & Innovation, along with the Knowledge Mobilization Unit, will be hosting the second York Symposium on the Scholarship of Engagement in April 2015. The Symposium will both explore the scholarship of engagement and help to further strengthen York’s work in this area. The event will focus on the methodology of community engaged scholarship. We invite papers, short films and works of art that reflect on the following themes:

Theory – Explorations of the theories of engaged scholarship
Process – Models and approaches used when conducting engaged scholarship
Outcomes – The impacts and developments of engaged scholarship
Persisting Questions – The most puzzling questions that continue to provoke dialogue amongst community-engaged researchers

Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday January 5, 2015

Please see the flyer above or visit this link for more guiding questions and submission details.

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Kendra Coulter discusses the fight for paid sick leave | The Current

A Conference Board of Canada study last year found only a third of employees between the ages of 18 and 24 have any paid sick days; and fewer than half of Canadians young and old are covered by employer sick leave.

In the U.S., there’s an active campaign to improve sick day benefits, and its gaining momentum. There, nearly 40% of private sector employees have no access to paid sick leave for themselves or to take care of a sick relative.

Last week, voters in the state of Massachusetts and the cities of Trenton and Montclair in New Jersey and Oakland, California voted for everyone to get the benefit of paid sick leave. So far, 3 U.S. states and 15 cities have agreed to similar legislation.

To examine the different laws and realities in Canada surrounding sick leave, Kendra Coulter was interviewed on CBC’s “The Current”. Dr. Coulter is an Associate Professor at the Brock Centre for Labour Studies and author of “Revolutionizing Retail: Workers, Political Action and Social Change“.

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