Annual Ioan Davies Lecture Tickets
Mar 25 @ 4:00 pm
Annual Ioan Davies Lecture @ Harry Crowe Room, Atkinson College | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Annual Ioan Davies Lecture, Professor Elizabeth Wissinger, City University of New York, “Glamour Labor in the Post-Digital Age.” Professor Wissinger is a professor of sociology at the City University of New York and author of This Year’s Model: Fashion, Media, and the Making of Glamour.

CRS Seminar: Crisis, what (refugee) crisis? The business of ‘business-as-usual’ in EU migration governance Tickets
Apr 2 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

With guest speaker:

Emma Carmel, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social & Policy Sciences, University of Bath

This presentation examines how the idea of  ‘the refugee crisis’ emerged at a specific historical moment in the European Union, what happened to this idea and why it matters. Using tools of policy anthropology I show how the idea of ‘the refugee crisis’ has given meaning and impetus to specific governing practices that disguise the political and moral economies of ‘business-as-usual’ migration governance in the EU. The idea of ‘the refugee crisis’ was adopted as a political strategy that calcifies structural inequalities between states, and between private market actors and ‘the Union’; and patterns of exclusion, detention, exploitation and expulsion for migrants.

Dr Carmel works at the intersection of sociology, political economy and politics, researching  the social and political dynamics of public policy governance. Her recent work examines the transnational governance of migration in the European Union and its implications for socio-political inequalities. She is starting work on the normalization of digital governance as an everyday governmental practice.

Refugee Rights Day 2019 Tickets
Apr 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

McLaughlin College, the Centre for Refugee Studies and co-sponsors the Department of Sociology and Centre for Public Policy (Osgoode Hall Law School), York University present:

Refugee Rights Day 2019  

Panel Discussion:


Syria Response and Refugee Initiative Reception

and “The Road Less Travelled” Exhibit Launch


McLaughlin College Junior Common Room (014)

**Light lunch and refreshments will be served**

Please RSVP to

This event and day of reflection marks Refugee Rights Day in Canada (April 4th) and a reception to recognize the efforts of York-based refugee sponsors and mark the formal conclusion of York’s Syria Response and Refugee Initiative (SRRI), a Syrian refugee resettlement and education project (2015-2019) hosted at its Centre for Refugee Studies.

Speakers will discuss the origins and contemporary relevance of Refugee Rights Day, refugee policy in Canada and reflect upon their York-based engagement in refugee issues.

This event will also mark the formal launch of a mixed media exhibition “The Road Less Travelled,”  by Professor Nergis Canefe of York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies and Department of Politics, which will be displayed in the McLaughlin College Art Gallery (001 McLaughlin College) throughout the month of April.


Geraldine Sadoway
Human Rights and Refugee Lawyer (LLM), Author and Instructor

John Carlaw
Project Lead, York University Syria Response and Refugee Initiative
Graduate Fellow, Centre for Refugee Studies

Humaima Ashfaque
Student Ambassador, Syria Response and Refugee Initiative
Student Refugee Program Coordinator- WUSC Keele Campus Committee

Edwar Dommar
Amnesty International at York, WUSC Keele &
Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge Volunteer

Discussion Chair:

Michaela Hynie
Professor, Faculty of Health &
Centre for Refugee Studies, York University

Refugee Rights Day highlights the 1985 Supreme Court Singh decision, which found that anyone on Canadian soil is covered by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Bill of Rights. This paved the way for all refugee claimants in Canada to have the right to an oral hearing of their case and the establishment of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

In addition to refugee claims, refugees also obtain protection in Canada through resettlement. Amidst a changing policy environment, since Fall, 2015 ten York-based refugee sponsorship teams have been part of the pan-GTA Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge and York’s Syria Response and Refugee Initiative. These efforts have been combined with ambitious educational programming and community engagement, including work with more than 18 different student groups as well as campus and community partners. For its part, York’s Keele Campus World University Service of Canada Committee was recently recognized by WUSC as its 2018 National Committee of the Year. York’s Glendon and Keele Campus WUSC committees collectively sponsor five new refugee students each year to study and live in our university community.

Please join us to reflect upon refugee rights in Canada and mark some of York’s recent contributions!

Walling, Unsettling, Stealing Tickets
Apr 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Guest speaker:

Shahram Khosravi, Professor of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University


We live in a time of wall fetishism. Never as today have human beings been so obsessed with building walls. Walls are, however, old. Empires built walls, from the Great Wall of China, to Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England  and the Limes Tripolitanus of the Roman Empire in North Africa to keep “barbarians” out. And if we look closer we can see that there are still traces of the old imperial visions in the modern borders and border walls. In this talk I will look at the connections of wars and walls; walls and empires. I will argue that there is a link between the installation of border walls (here) and the unsettling of communities (there). The current border regime is part of a larger and older project of colonial accumulation by dispossession and expulsion; stealing wealth, labor force, and time. I will also argue that border crossing discloses the cracks in the dominant narration of borders and that travelers without papers denaturalize what are otherwise naturalized borders, politicize what are otherwise depoliticized borders. I will illustrate this argument by following travelers without papers along the railways in the Balkans; tracing Afghan deportees in Kabul; and narrating the social life of the materialities used in the wall between Mexico and the US.

Shahram Khosravi is Professor of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University and author of several books including Precarious Lives: Waiting and Hope in Iran (2017). He is also editor of the collection After Deportation: Ethnographic Perspectives (2017).