12th Annual Centre for Refugee Studies Student Conference @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Oct 12 @ 8:30 AM – Oct 13 @ 5:00 PM

Bordering on Crisis: Citizenship, Borders and Forced Displacement 

Keynote Speaker: Nevzat Soguk Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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CRS Seminar: Migrants Unbound : Insurrectional Migrancy in a Globalized World @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Oct 12 @ 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Guest speaker: Nevzat Soguk

Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa

 This talk explores the radical transformative politics manifested in what can be called “insurrectional migratory movements.” Mix-migrant populations composed of refugees, asylum seekers, forced migrants, economic migrants, and exiles fuel the insurrectional exhilarations of human displacement, particularly in the proverbial “West”. I define insurrectional movements broadly as those movements that have shown extraordinary capacities to pressure “modernity” as the single hegemonic measure for political authenticity, social order and governmental conduct. I characterize contemporary migrant movements as insurrectional in terms of a surging politics of normative defiance vis a vis the “modern territorial mode” as the hegemonic measure, hence as a total ideology, regulating and organizing politics around the world. I hope to show how migrant movements pressure the modern territorial order of citizen/nation/state in favour of another order yet to be articulated.

Nevzat Soguk is Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). He was formerly the Deputy Director of Global Cities Research Institute at RMIT University in Australia. At the University of Hawaii, Manoa, he served as the Chair of Political Science from August 2009 to January 2012. During his UHM years, he has published two single author books, States and States and Strangers: Refugees and Displacements of Statecraft and Globalization and Islamism: Beyond Fundamentalism. He is the editor or co-editor of four other books including the latest Modern Theory, Modern Power, World Politics: Critical Investigations, co-edited with Scott Nelson of Virginia Tech in 2016. In 2016, he also edited the special issue of Globalizations journal on “Insurrectional Politics.” The issue was recently released by Routledge as a book under the title of Global Insurrectional Movements.

This event is free, but RSVPs are required:

Canada India Symposium @ Harry Crowe Room, 109 Atkinson College
Oct 13 @ 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

The Robarts Centre is hosting, along with Dahdaleh Global Health Research Institute, York Centre for Asian Research, Centre for Refugee Studies and the Consulate General of India in Toronto, the Canada India Symposium. The Symposium aims to highlight and showcase the existing research and collaboration between Canada and India. It will also identify bottlenecks, challenges, and factors that underpin success. Bringing together academics, diplomats, policy makers, technocrats, and the business community,  the Symposium will explore future opportunities and collaborations between Canada and India that can help foster new research, policy and innovation processes. Lastly, the Symposium will explore how Canadians can build better long-term relationships with their Indian counterparts.

The Symposium will be held on October 13, 2017 at York University. For more detailed information about the Symposium and location, please visit the Canada India Symposium Website.

2017-2018 Refugees Welcome Here! Campaign First Meeting @ 280N York Lanes
Oct 16 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

The 2017-2018 Refugees Welcome Here! campaign is getting underway! We want YOU to join us!

Please come out to our first meeting and learn how YOU can get involved and make a difference.

Please invite your friends and RSVP on our facebook event page !

Now in its 3rd year, the goals of the YorkU Refugees Welcome Here! campaign have been to work collaboratively with and to educate York students and the wider community about refugee issues and encourage students and community members to work together to address them. In this space the University’s Syria Response and Refugee Initiative, students and student groups share what they are doing and think of ways to collaborate in this field.

We are looking for students that want to get involved!

Prior years’ activities have included:

– Refugees Welcome Here! messaging & photography
– a Winter coat drive for the FCJ Refugee Centre
– paying off the transportation loans of Keele Campus WUSC (York students!) sponsored refugee students (see )
– Refugees Welcome Here! Week (February)
– Planning and participating in Toronto’s Refugee Rights Month (April)
– Volunteering as interpreters and on Syrian refugee sponsorship teams

You can read more about what we’ve done together in prior years at

Questions? Please contact us at .

Please fill in this questionnaire to get involved !

Please invite your friends and RSVP on our facebook event page, and join us October 16th!

Can’t come? Even if you can’t come, please fill in our volunteer form at to make sure you get involved!

RSTP Workshop: Transitioning to Month 13 and “Post-Sponsorship”: Workshop and Discussion @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Oct 17 @ 12:15 PM – 3:30 PM

12:15-2:30 (Month 13 Workshop)
2:30-3:30 (Reception)

Please RSVP here:

York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies and Syria Response and Refugee Initiative are hosting a workshop by the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) on Month 13 Planning for private sponsors and the interested public.

Sponsors and attendees will learn about:

·      The post-sponsorship relationship and the dynamics of this relationship

·      When sponsors need to start preparing newcomers for Month13; and

·      The role of sponsors during the “transition period,” including important tasks to consider


Suneet Kharay, RSTP National Trainer

Karen Anderson,
Supervisor, Direct Program, Yonge Eglinton Employment and Social Services

Suneet Kharay will deliver the RSTP workshop and discussion while Karen Anderson from Toronto Employment and Social Services will answer questions that sponsors may have about applying for social assistance (Ontario Works).

Event Organizer and Contact: John Carlaw,,  Project Lead, York University Syria Response and Refugee Initiative, Centre for Refugee Studies

**Please note: this session is not an introduction to refugee sponsorship, to find such a session/learn more about other workshops and events offered by the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) please visit .

CRS Seminar: ‘Achieving Uptake’: From Policy Practice Relevant Research to Real World Impact @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Oct 31 @ 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Dr. Joanna Anneke Rummens

How exactly can research help directly inform policy and practice?

In this presentation, the Centre for Refugee Studies’ Visiting Scholar of Practice in Residence, Dr. Joanna Anneke Rummens, shares practical how-to principles and strategies for undertaking policy practice relevant research to address pressing social issues and knowledge gaps.

Focus is placed on the trajectory from knowledge exchange, through translation and transfer, to actual uptake, implementation and impact evaluation, with reference to both implementation research per se and the newly emerging field of implementation science in health care research.  

Illustrative examples are drawn and key research findings shared from her own programme of integrated research & knowledge transfer on health status and access to care of diverse medically uninsured newcomer immigrant | refugee | migrant populations which culminated in the provision of scientific evidence as invited Expert Affiant in Canada’s Federal Court and Court of Appeal that contributed to changes in governmental policy and professional practice. 

The Centre for Refugee Studies’ Visiting Scholar of Practice in Residence, Dr. Joanna Anneke Rummens, is an applied researcher, knowledge mobilizer and consultant who works directly with diverse communities, front-line practitioners, professionals and key decision makers within the immigration, health and education sectors at the local, municipal, provincial, federal and international levels.  


Dr. Joanna Anneke Rummens

Visiting Scholar of Practice in Residence, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University

Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships

Ted Rogers School of Management’s Diversity Institute, Ryerson University

Associate Professor in Equity, Gender and Population | Child and Youth Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

CRS Seminar: The Making of a Totalitarian Surveillance Machine: Surveillance in Turkey Under AKP Rule @ Ross S752
Nov 2 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Guest Speaker: Özgün Topak 

Assistant Professor, Criminology, Department Social Science, York University

This talk examines surveillance practices under the rule of Erdoğan’s AKP in Turkey and their culmination in their current totalitarian form following the declaration of a state of emergency in July 2016. Rather than being established overnight, the AKP’s totalitarian surveillance machine has been long in the making. The AKP first tested and mastered surveillance methods over its key opponents and dissidents in the process of capturing the state apparatus. It later generalized the use of these and similar repressive methods to govern the entire society. Despite its growing coercive capacity, however, the AKP’s surveillance regime fails to reach to the level of what Arendt (1976) terms ‘total domination’, for it faces significant resistance.

Özgün Topak is an Assistant Professor of Criminology in the Department of Social Science at York University. His research interests include surveillance studies, migration & border studies, citizenship studies and human rights. His current projects include border surveillance in the Mediterranean and state surveillance in Turkey.

CRS Seminar: “Step into the Past”: Institutionalizing Performances of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia @ 626 Kaneff Tower
Nov 21 @ 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Morgan Poteet

Visiting Scholar at Centre for Refugee Studies, York University

Co-author: Andrea Terry, Lakehead University

This presentation is based on an institutional history and analysis of recent guided tour programming offered at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, exploring its simultaneous dependence on and entrenchment of volunteerism. Based on an analysis of the motivations and achievements of volunteer collectives, guided tours and interpreter interviews, we approach Pier 21 as an example of “heritage as performance” (Smith, 2006). Exploring the site as the result of memory-making processes indicates tensions between bottom-up activities mounted by local community members and state-sanctioned heritage designation policies, as well as national(ized) narratives.  

Smith, Laurajane. 2006. Uses of Heritage. London and New York: Routledge.

Morgan Poteet has conducted research on belonging for Central American youth in Toronto and international students in the Atlantic region of Canada, youth-police relations in New Brunswick, and refugee integration in Scotland, UK and Atlantic Canada. Poteet teaches courses on immigration and settlement in the Department of Sociology at Mt. Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. He is Past President of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), currently Director at Large on the CARFMS Executive, and a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), York University, Toronto.