Academic Events


Feminist Explorations of Urban Futures International Conference (FEUF), York University, Toronto, Canada. (GenUrb Partnership). Sept 26-28, 2020.

Academic Conference Sessions

Side Event with GenUrb and UN-Habitat Gender Hub: “Women and the urban: Synergies between SDG 5 and SDG 11″, 9th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 9), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Ana Falu & Cristina Temenos, Policy Team; Elsa Koleth & Linda Peake, York Team). Feb 7-13, 2018

“A feminist urban theory for our time: Rethinking social reproduction, the urban, and its constitutive outside”. Four sessions (16 presentations). American Association of Geographers, New Orleans, USA (Elsa Koleth & Linda Peake, York Team), April 10-14, 2018.

“Doing Comparative Feminist Urban Research: The GenUrb Experience”. Comparative Urbanisms: Global Perspectives Conference, Georgia State University, Atlanta (Penn Ip, Elsa Koleth, & Linda Peake, York). March 7-8, 2019.  

September in the city: Rhythms in the making of lives and cities. Two sessions, International Conference of Critical Geography (ICCG), Athens, Greece (with 19 GenUrb speakers). April 19-23, 2019.

Covid 19 and Circulations of Care in the City.  Association of American Geographers. Virtual. (Anindita Datta, Delhi CRT;  Penn Ip, Shanghai CRT; Linda Peake and Nasya Razavi, York Team). April 7, 2021.


Mental-mapping Workshop (titled Tianshan Women’s Cultural Day), partnered by invitation with the NGO We and Equality, Shanghai, China. In Shanghainese. (Shanghai CRT). July 31, 2018.

Workshop on GenUrb: Who are we and what do we want to do? In Arabic. (Ramallah CRT). August 29, 2018.

Urban Feminist Methodologies Public Workshop, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. GenUrb Presenters: Cindi Katz, Elsa Koleth, Faranak Miraftab, Beverley Mullings, Linda Peake, Shilpa Phadke, Richa Nagar, Martina Rieker (GenUrb Partnership). Sept 28-29, 2018.
One panel discussion, two roundtables, one presentation, and two keynote addresses. 

Mapping Workshop (Shilpa Ranade, Mumbai CRT). Dec 8, 2018
The mapping workshop sought to create mind maps and actual maps of the women’s understanding of their neighbourhoods and the city of Mumbai (in Hindi).

Digital Hifazat (Safety) Mumbai CRT Workshop (Mumbai CRT). Jan 12, 2019
Workshop looked at women’s engagement with their mobile phones and talk about being safe online (in Hindi).

Photo-Diary Workshop partnered with Vox Photo Project (NGO).  In Shanghainese (Shanghai CRT).  Feb & March 2019. 

Workshop on First Aid. In Arabic. (Ramallah CRT). April 4, 2019

Workshop on Sweets Making. In Arabic. (Ramallah CRT). June 19, 2019

Workshop in Urban Feminist Research: Ethnographic Research Tools (Ramallah CRT). July 28-29, 2019.
Held at Khalil alSakakini Cultural Center with Prof. Linda Peake and Prof. Rabab Tmaish as trainers.  In Arabic and English. 

Five Film Editing Workshop: Towards Transforming our Lives films. (Mumbai CRT). June – September 2019. 

Workshop: Mandala de la vida. Sacaba, Cochabamba, Bolivia. A workshop engaging women in GenUrb research and storytelling activities. In Spanish and Quechua. (Cochabamba CRT). August 17, 2019.

Domestic Violence Workshop I. In Creole (Georgetown CRT). October 19, 2019.  

Domestic Violence Workshop II. In Creole (Georgetown CRT). October 29, 2019. 

Workshop on Young Women’s Engagement with Cell Phones (Mumbai CRT). January 11, 2020
Worked on questions of mobility and the neighbourhood/city (in Hindi).

Workshop on Women’s Health Issues. In Arabic. (Ramallah CRT). January 2020.  

Urban Precarity Conversations Workshop. Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. January 28-30, 2020.
A joint workshop with Mumbai and Cairo CRTs focusing on comparative urbanisms, activism, and community struggles.

Everyday Life in Times of Ruins. Lahore. (Cairo CRT).  March 12-13, 2020.
A joint workshop between Cairo CRT and the School of Social Sciences, Initiative for Women’s Studies at the Lahore University for Management Sciences, focusing on comparative urbanisms and social reproduction. 

Invited Public Lectures

Invited talks: “Urban Feminist Knowledge Production in the 21st Century” (ii) Graduate workshop: Publishing in Feminist Journals (iii) Workshop on an urban research institute. (Linda Peake, York Team). April 2017.

Centre for Urban Studies and Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality, University of Amsterdam. (i) Workshop: “The feminizing city? Productions of space for the post-Fordist sexual contract” (ii) Public lecture: “Urban Feminism in the 21st Century”. (Linda Peake, York Team). May 18, 2017.

Keynote speaker at the Useful Knowledge Society, Hamilton, Ontario: “Women and the City: Rebuilding a City that Works for Women” (Linda Peake, York Team). June 12, 2017.

The Politics of Space and the Humanities Conference. Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. Invited keynote: “Urban feminist knowledge production for the ‘21st century of the city’. (Linda Peake, York Team). Dec 15-17, 2017.

Summer Institute in Urban Studies (SIUS), National University of Singapore. Four day workshop organized by NUS and Manchester University. Invited plenary presentation: “Urban place making and feminist knowledge production”. (Linda Peake, York Team). July 16-18, 2018.

“From Apprentice to Entrepreneur: Rural Migrant Workers, Leftover Women, and Affective Labor in Shanghai,” The University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China (Penn Ip, Shanghai CRT). Dec 4, 2018.

“Gender and Urban Culture: Rural Migrant Women in Shanghai,” Department of Public Policy, The City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Penn Ip, Shanghai CRT). February 19, 2019.

“Exploring Affective Fieldwork Experiences: Creativity, Reciprocality and the Everyday Life of Lower-Class Working Women in Shanghai”, The Center for Urban and Global Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, USA (Penn Ip, Shanghai CRT). February 11, 2020.

Conference and Seminar Presentations

“Migrant Women Walking Down the Cheap Road: Modernization and Being Fashionable in Shanghai” (i)Association of American Geographers Conference, Boston MA, USA; (ii)Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Conference: Worlding Asia Beyond/After Globalization, Seoul, S. Korea (Penn Ip, Shanghai CRT).  April 5-9, 2017 & July 28-30, 2017.

“Theorizing Shanghai Service Workers: Rural Migrant Women, Affective Labor, and the Chinese Dream,” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Conference: Worlding: Asia Beyond/After Globalization, Seoul, South Korea (Penn Ip, Shanghai CRT). July 28-30, 2017.

“Re-Figuring and Configuring Public Spaces in Ramallah” International Conference II: Reclaiming Public Space within Metropolitan Areas, German Jordanian University (Ramallah CRT). Nov 22-24, 2017.  

“Women and the urban: Synergies between SDG 5 and SDG 11”, 9th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) (Ana Falu & Cristina Temenos, Policy Team; Elsa Koleth & Linda Peake, York Team).  Feb 7-13, 2018.

“A flight of destiny”: Afropolitan Imagineering and Owambe Urbanism in Ibadan, Nigeria. African Center for Cities Urban Conference. University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. (Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin, Ibadan CRT)

“A Feminist Urban Theory for Troubled Times”, Canadian Women and Geography Study Group Conference, Montreal, Canada (Elsa Koleth & Linda Peake, York Team). March 6-8, 2018.

“A Feminist Urban Theory for Our Time”, Association of American Geographers Conference, New Orleans, USA (Elsa Koleth & Linda Peake, York Team). April 14, 2018.

“A Feminist Urban Theory for our Time: Rethinking Social Reproduction, the Urban and its Constitutive Outside”, Urban Affairs Association Conference, Toronto, ON (Linda Peake, York Team). April 5, 2018.

“Re-Figuring and Claiming Antispaces in Ramallah”, First International Graduate Student Conference in the Social Sciences, Birzeit University (Natasha Aruri, Ramallah CRT). May 8-10, 2018.

“‘At Home in Shanghai?’ Rural-to-Urban Female Labor in 21st Century China,” The Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, University of Shanghai, Shanghai, China. (Penn Ip, Shanghai CRT).  August 12-15, 2018.

“The uncertain promise of future happiness: Women, youth and urban change in Ibadan”, Nigeria. Institute of African Studies Brown Bag lecture. Carleton University. Ottawa, Ontario. (Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin, Ibadan CRT). March 2019.

“Doing Feminist Comparative Research: The GenUrb Experience,” Comparative Urbanism: Global Perspectives Conference, Urban Studies Institute, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA (Linda Peake & Elsa Koleth, York Team). March 7-8, 2019.

“Gendered insecurities and the uncertain promise of urban renewal”. Institute for African Development Seminar Series. Cornell University. Ithaca, New York. (Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin, Ibadan CRT). April 2019.

“Fall in the City? Poverty, Women, and the New Workers’ Villages in Post-socialist Shanghai,”: September in the City: Rhythms in The Making of Lives and Cities II, 8th International Conference of Critical Geography, Athens, Greece (Penn Ip & Michelle Huang, Shanghai CRT).  April 2019.

“Dayclean. Catching yuh hand in Georgetown”, 8th International Conference of Critical Geography (ICCG), Athens, Greece (Karen de Souza, Linda Peake & Nichola Marcus, Georgetown CRT). April 19-23, 2019.

“Cosmology and everyday urban life in Ibadan”. 8th International Conference of Critical Geography, Athens, Greece. (Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin & Monica Orisadare, Ibadan CRT). April 19-23, 2019.

“Ramallah: the watchtower” 8th International Conference of Critical Geography (ICCG), National Technical University of Athens (Natasha Aruri, Ramallah CRT). April 19-23, 2019. 

“Point, Counterpoint Cairo,” 8th International Conference of Critical Geography (ICCG), Athens, Greece. (Mariz Kelada & Mai Amr, Cairo CRT). April 19-23, 2019.

‘Power and the Everyday’, 8th International Conference of Critical Geography (ICCG), Athens, Greece. (Elsa Koleth, York Team & Omnia Khalil, Cairo CRT).  April 19-23, 2019.

“Monsoon in Mumbai”, 8th International Conference of Critical Geography (ICCG), Athens, Greece. (Shilpa Phadke, Shilpa Ranade, Shraddha Sharma & Sameera Khan, Mumbai CRT). April 19-23, 2019.

“Gbomu le lantern: The embodiment and performativity of microfinance in Ibadan”, Nigeria. Canadian Association of African Studies Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin, Ibadan CRT). May 2019.

“Decolonization, politics, praxis and agency in knowledge production”. International Studies Association International Conference, Accra, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana. (Sylvia Bawa & Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin, Ibadan CRT). August 2019.

“Takhayal [imagine]: dialogue and resistance” at the Palestinian City: Issues in Urban Transformations International Conference, Institute for Palestine Studies, Ramallah (Ramallah CRT). Nov 1-3, 2019.

“Contested Urban Futures: The Right to the City in Bolivia”. Conference of Latin American Geographers, Antigua, Guatemala. (Nasya Razavi, Cochabamba CRT & York Team). January 5, 2020.

Mitigating Hunger, Violence and Loss: Women’s Solidarities in SundarNagri Delhi” Association of American Geographers. 2021. Virtual.  (Anindita Datta and Swagata Basu, Delhi CRT). April 7, 2021.

Revisiting Socialist Workers’ New Villages: The Everyday Life of Precarious Women during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Shanghai.” Association of American Geographers. Virtual.  (Penn Tsz Ting Ip, Shanghai CRT, Yu Zhang, and Xi Liu). April 7, 2021.

Radical Care and Mutual Aid: COVID-19, Gender, and Survival Strategies in Cochabamba, Bolivia” Association of American Geographers. Virtual.  (Nasya Razavi, York Team & Cochabamba CRT). April 7, 2021.

“A Feminist Comparative Study of COVID 19 and Everyday Urbanisms in Southern Cities.” Canadian Association for the Study of International Development. Virtual. (Nasya Razavi, York Team and Cochabamba CRT). May 31-June 4th, 2021.

The ollá común as radical care and pandemic solidarity in Bolivia.” Canadian Association of Geographers (hosted by UNBC). Virtual. (Nasya Razavi, York Team & Cochabamba CRT). June 7-11, 2021.

“Tiwa’s morning: Everyday urbanism through storytelling” RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2021. Virtual. (Linda Peake & Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin, Ibadan CRT & York Team). 31 August, 2021.

Workshop Presentations

City Affect: Ethnography and the Everyday (6 workshops total). Cairo.

Monthly forum (conducted in English) providing a platform for urban researchers to present their ongoing research work. (Cairo CRT). October 2017 – May 2018.

Workshop: Infrastructural Violence in Ramallah: Time to Confront it: Infrastructural Violence in Ramallah and the Feminization of Poverty. Qattan Foundation (Ramallah CRT). March 27-28, 2019.

“The GenUrb Research Training Modules”, Urban Feminist Methodologies Public Workshop, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. (Elsa Koleth, York Team). Sept 28-29, 2019.

“Feminist Urban Methodologies Across Site and Scale: Thinking Countertopographically about Research and Action”, Urban Feminist Methodologies Public Workshop, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. (Cindi Katz, GenUrb International Advisory Board). Sept 28-29, 2019.

“Why Muddy the Waters? Situated Solidarities, Radical Vulnerability, and Feminist Research”, Urban Feminist Methodologies Public Workshop, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. (Richa Nagar, GenUrb International Advisory Board). Sept 28-29, 2019.

“Ethnography Studies, Low-income Women, and Urbanization in Tianshan, Shanghai,” Feminist Methodologies and the Urban Workshop, Tata Institute, Mumbai, India. (Penn Ip, Shanghai CRT). Sept 28-29, 2019.

“The academy as a space of trauma”, York-Waterloo Early Career Professional Training Workshop in Urban Studies, The City Institute, York University, Toronto. (Elsa Koleth, York Team). November 15-16, 2019.