Contemporary Kanata


CFP Inaugural Issue: Robarts Undergraduate Journal Contemporary Kanata

Abstract Deadline: 16 November 2020
The Robarts Centre is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the inaugural issue of Contemporary Kanata, an undergraduate journal aiming to publish quality research in the social sciences and humanities about Canada.
The editors are currently seeking submissions of article abstracts from undergraduate students and scholars at York University for the Spring 2021 issue. The editorial board welcomes submissions in French or English that cut across the disciplines in the social sciences and humanities primarily.
Submissions and questions can be sent to
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The Editorial Team


Moboluwajidide (Bo) Joseph, Managing Editor

Hi folks! I go by Bo and I use he/him pronouns. I am a final year Communications major at Glendon with a minor in Creative Writing. When it comes to research, I am drawn to questions of how blackness is constructed, negotiated and mediated in the diaspora, and specifically in Canada, within (sub)urban spaces, and how the mobility of black bodies is delimited by institutions, media, technology, and policy instruments. I am motivated by praxis considerations that aim to engender forms of solidarity, expression and liberation for black communities primarily in Canada, but also in the larger diaspora and Africa.

Bethany Cohen, Editor

Hi all! My name is Bethany, and I'm a fourth-year English major at the Glendon Campus. When it comes to research, I'm extremely passionate about the constructions of masculinity and femininity in a range of works, such as 20th century American and Canadian literature, as well as the British Romantic/Victorian period. I also have a particular interest in young adult literature, in terms of tracking the changing depictions of childhood and adolescence into the present day, to see how they have changed.

Andrea Gonzalez, Editor

Hey all! My name is Andrea and my pronouns are she/her. I am first year MA Candidate in Public and International Affairs, and I recently completed my BA at Glendon in International Studies and History. When it comes to research, I am very interested in subaltern studies and understanding how people of color have been “otherized” in Latin American politics and history. That being said, I am very passionate about black feminist theory and thought, and understanding and researching the intersection of oppressions. I look forward to reading your work!

Judy Oduro, Editor

Hi everyone! My name is Judy and I use she/her pronouns. I am a final year Environmental and Health Sciences student minoring in Communication Studies. Over the course of my studies, I have developed a particular interest in the intersection of race and environmentalism. My research interests also relate to food sovereignty, food insecurity, and the ways in which Black and Indigenous folks have been disproportionately marginalized by contemporary food systems - particularly in the North American context. I look forward to further exploring these issues in my future research and I hope to mobilize support for the development of a new and more just food system in the near future. 

Dael Vasquez,  Editor
Salut chers/ chères ami(e)s! My name is Dael and I am a fourth-year student double majoring in Political Science and Communications and completing certificates in Bilingualism, Law and Social Thought, Public Administration and Law, and Public Policy Analysis. My research interests lie in the study of soft power, manufactured consent, and the sociological effects of public policy and law. Motivating my research is the ambition to restructure political society in a manner that eliminates entrenched institutional biases, increases government accountability, and advances citizens’ acquisition of institutional power.