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Katherine Nastovski

Department of Social Science

Assistant Professor

Office: South Ross 728
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 77814
Email: nastov@yorku.ca
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Katherine Nastovski is an Assistant Professor (CLA) in Work and Labour Studies in the Department of Social Science at York University.

Her research advances an anti-racist marxist feminist lens within the emerging field of global labour studies. Specifically, Katherine's research focuses on struggles for workers justice, labour transnationalism and the relevance of colonialism, imperialism and racism for thinking about workers' organizing.

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Katherine's research in the field of Global Labour Studies bridges the fields of the Sociology of Work, Transnational Sociology and Labour Geography to examine possibilities for transnational labour solidarity and coordination.

Rooted in her years as a union activist and international labour solidarity organizer, Katherine’s community-engaged research agenda aims to build the field of Global Labour Studies in Canada in ways that support the efforts of labour organizers and activists.

Katherine is currently co-editing a special issue of Global Labour Journal on multi-scalar approaches to labour transnationalism and is completing a book manuscript entitled Transnational Horizons: Workers in Canada Enter the Global Sphere (under contract with the University of Toronto Press).

https://yorku.academia.edu/KatherineNastovski

Degrees

PhD, York University
MA , Brock University
BA, University of Toronto

Research Interests

Labour , Globalization, Labour Transnationalism, Imperialism and Colonialism, Anti-Racist Marxist Theory

Current Research Projects

Transnational Horizons: Workers in Canada Enter the Global Sphere

    Summary:

    I am currently completing a manuscript entitled Transnational Horizons: Workers in Canada Enter the Global Sphere (under contract with the University of Toronto Press). This book will be the first full-length study of the efforts of workers and workers’ organizations in Canada to act transnationally.

    Description:

    The book has three central objectives:

    1. To advance research in the emerging field of Global Labour Studies by developing a theoretical framework to understand the way principal actors within the labour movement have seen workers in the Global South as both opportunities and threats to the future and security of Canadian workers. Specifically, the book presents a dialectical framework to understand how ideas of race, gender and citizenship shape transnational resistance strategies, and how racialized and gendered class formation in Canada continues to influence ideas of workers’ justice and responses to imperialism, colonialism and the regulation of migrant workers.

    2. To establish the groundwork for future scholarship on labour transnationalism in Canada by providing original empirical research on the conflicting forces at work in the making of transnational strategies.

    3. To support the efforts of practitioners to imagine new strategic directions for transnational solidarity. This book does this by both identifying ongoing structural and ideological challenges for building labour transnationalism and lessons from major counterforces to the dominant institutional practices

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    Start Date:
      Month: Apr   Year: 2019

Confronting Global Capital: Strengthening Labour Internationalism and Transnationalism Today

    Summary:

    In October 2017, I served as one of the principal organizers of a community-engaged, union-supported conference entitled “Confronting Global Capital: Strengthening Labour Internationalism and Transnationalism Today,” for which I was awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant of $24, 973.

    Description:

    The conference included over 200 participants in events that included a public forum, a full day of joint union and academic panels on labour transnationalism, another full day of workshops and plenaries and an art exhibit at the Workers' Arts and Heritage Centre on International Labour Solidarity. The conference created a forum to take stock of the state of international labour solidarity in Canada today by bringing together trade unionists, as well as activists and academics involved in workers’ justice more generally to evaluate past practices and to debate and discuss strategies to strengthen this work.

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    Start Date:
      Month: Jul   Year: 2015

    End Date:
      Month: Feb   Year: 2018

    Collaborator Institution: McMaster University
Books

Publication
Year

Under contract with the University of Toronto Press, Transnational Horizons works to advance research on Global Labour Studies by developing a theoretical framework to understand how workers' movements have approached transnational solidarity and coordination.

The book has three central objectives:

1. To advance research in the emerging field of Global Labour Studies by developing a theoretical framework to understand the way principal actors within the labour movement have seen workers in the Global South as both opportunities and threats to the future and security of Canadian workers. Specifically, the book presents a dialectical framework to understand how ideas of race, gender and citizenship shape transnational resistance strategies, and how racialized and gendered class formation in Canada continues to influence ideas of workers’ justice and responses to imperialism, colonialism and the regulation of migrant workers.

2. To establish the groundwork for future scholarship on labour transnationalism in Canada by providing original empirical research on the conflicting forces at work in the making of transnational strategies.

3. To support the efforts of practitioners to imagine new strategic directions for transnational solidarity. This book does this by both identifying ongoing structural and ideological challenges for building labour transnationalism and lessons from major counterforces to the dominant institutional practices


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Nastovski, Katherine. 2016. “Worker-to-Worker: A Transformative Model of Solidarity: Lessons from Grassroots International Labor Solidarity in Canada in the 1970s and 1980s.” In Building Global Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization, edited by Kim Scipes. Chicago: Haymarket Press.

This chapter outlines the central lessons from grassroots international labour solidarity organizing in Canada in the 1970s and 1980s.

2016

Nastovski, Katherine. 2015. “Problematizing International Labour Solidarity as Development Aid.” In Last Call for Solidarity: Opportunities and Limits of Transnational Solidarity of Trade Unions and Social Movements, edited by Shuwen Bian, Sarah Bormann, Martina Hartung, Jenny Jungehülsing, and Florian Schubert. Hamburg: VSA Verlag. (Publication is currently only available in German).
http://www.vsa-verlag.de/nc/buecher/detail/artikel/last-call-for-solidarity/

This article examines the current crisis of labour transnationalism in Canada arising from the demise of the Canadian International Development Agency under the Harper Conservatives in 2013.

2015

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Nastovski, Katherine. 2017. Review: Working Through the Past: Labor and Authoritarian Legacies in Comparative Perspectives. Edited by Teri L. Caraway, Maria Lorena Cook, and Stephen Crowley. Labour/Le Travail 80 (Fall): 365-367.

2017

Nastovski, Katherine. 2013. Review: In the Interest of Democracy: The Rise and Fall of the Early Cold War Alliance Between the American Federation of Labor and the Central Intelligence Agency, by Quenby Olmsted Hughes. Labour/Le Travail 71(Spring): 278-80.

2013

Nastovski, Katherine. 2011. Review: The AFL-CIO’s Secret War Against Developing Country Workers: Solidarity or Sabotage? By Kim Scipes. Labour/Le Travail 67(Spring): 246-248.

2011

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Nastovski, Katherine. 2014. Workers Confront Apartheid: Comparing Canadian Labour Solidarity Campaigns Against South African and Israeli Apartheid. Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society, Special Issue on Building International Labor Solidarity 17(2): 211-237.

This article compares union solidarity campaigns against apartheid and the relevance of race and colonialism for transnational labour solidarity.

2014

Nastovski, Katherine. 2012. Between Nationalism and Solidarity: Assessing the KKE’s Post Civil War Positioning of the Macedonian Question. Balkanistica 25(2): 75-105.

This article explores the tensions between nationalism, working-class consciousness, and solidarity in the context of the Greek Civil War.

2012

Approach to Teaching


Drawn from my research agenda in Global Labour Studies and my experience as a labour and social justice activist and educator, my approach to teaching aims to build student confidence and skills through experiential and active learning exercises. I offer a global lens to labour issues that connects issues of exploitation and oppression with an explicit view to advancing social change. In the classroom, this means that I structure learning in a way that continuously brings together theory, history, and cases or models of resistance in a global perspective.


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4240 6.0 A Labour Studies Placement SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2210 6.0 A Labour Relations in Canada LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC1510 6.0 A The Future of Work LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC1510 6.0 B The Future of Work LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4240 6.0 A Labour Studies Placement SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2210 6.0 A Labour Relations in Canada LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC1510 6.0 A The Future of Work LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC1510 6.0 B The Future of Work LECT


Katherine Nastovski is an Assistant Professor (CLA) in Work and Labour Studies in the Department of Social Science at York University.

Her research advances an anti-racist marxist feminist lens within the emerging field of global labour studies. Specifically, Katherine's research focuses on struggles for workers justice, labour transnationalism and the relevance of colonialism, imperialism and racism for thinking about workers' organizing.

Katherine's research in the field of Global Labour Studies bridges the fields of the Sociology of Work, Transnational Sociology and Labour Geography to examine possibilities for transnational labour solidarity and coordination.

Rooted in her years as a union activist and international labour solidarity organizer, Katherine’s community-engaged research agenda aims to build the field of Global Labour Studies in Canada in ways that support the efforts of labour organizers and activists.

Katherine is currently co-editing a special issue of Global Labour Journal on multi-scalar approaches to labour transnationalism and is completing a book manuscript entitled Transnational Horizons: Workers in Canada Enter the Global Sphere (under contract with the University of Toronto Press).

https://yorku.academia.edu/KatherineNastovski

Degrees

PhD, York University
MA , Brock University
BA, University of Toronto

Research Interests

Labour , Globalization, Labour Transnationalism, Imperialism and Colonialism, Anti-Racist Marxist Theory

Current Research Projects

Transnational Horizons: Workers in Canada Enter the Global Sphere

    Summary:

    I am currently completing a manuscript entitled Transnational Horizons: Workers in Canada Enter the Global Sphere (under contract with the University of Toronto Press). This book will be the first full-length study of the efforts of workers and workers’ organizations in Canada to act transnationally.

    Description:

    The book has three central objectives:

    1. To advance research in the emerging field of Global Labour Studies by developing a theoretical framework to understand the way principal actors within the labour movement have seen workers in the Global South as both opportunities and threats to the future and security of Canadian workers. Specifically, the book presents a dialectical framework to understand how ideas of race, gender and citizenship shape transnational resistance strategies, and how racialized and gendered class formation in Canada continues to influence ideas of workers’ justice and responses to imperialism, colonialism and the regulation of migrant workers.

    2. To establish the groundwork for future scholarship on labour transnationalism in Canada by providing original empirical research on the conflicting forces at work in the making of transnational strategies.

    3. To support the efforts of practitioners to imagine new strategic directions for transnational solidarity. This book does this by both identifying ongoing structural and ideological challenges for building labour transnationalism and lessons from major counterforces to the dominant institutional practices

    Start Date:
      Month: Apr   Year: 2019

Confronting Global Capital: Strengthening Labour Internationalism and Transnationalism Today

    Summary:

    In October 2017, I served as one of the principal organizers of a community-engaged, union-supported conference entitled “Confronting Global Capital: Strengthening Labour Internationalism and Transnationalism Today,” for which I was awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant of $24, 973.

    Description:

    The conference included over 200 participants in events that included a public forum, a full day of joint union and academic panels on labour transnationalism, another full day of workshops and plenaries and an art exhibit at the Workers' Arts and Heritage Centre on International Labour Solidarity. The conference created a forum to take stock of the state of international labour solidarity in Canada today by bringing together trade unionists, as well as activists and academics involved in workers’ justice more generally to evaluate past practices and to debate and discuss strategies to strengthen this work.

    Project Type: Funded
    Start Date:
      Month: Jul   Year: 2015

    End Date:
      Month: Feb   Year: 2018

    Collaborator Institution: McMaster University

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Nastovski, Katherine. 2016. “Worker-to-Worker: A Transformative Model of Solidarity: Lessons from Grassroots International Labor Solidarity in Canada in the 1970s and 1980s.” In Building Global Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization, edited by Kim Scipes. Chicago: Haymarket Press.

This chapter outlines the central lessons from grassroots international labour solidarity organizing in Canada in the 1970s and 1980s.

2016

Nastovski, Katherine. 2015. “Problematizing International Labour Solidarity as Development Aid.” In Last Call for Solidarity: Opportunities and Limits of Transnational Solidarity of Trade Unions and Social Movements, edited by Shuwen Bian, Sarah Bormann, Martina Hartung, Jenny Jungehülsing, and Florian Schubert. Hamburg: VSA Verlag. (Publication is currently only available in German).
http://www.vsa-verlag.de/nc/buecher/detail/artikel/last-call-for-solidarity/

This article examines the current crisis of labour transnationalism in Canada arising from the demise of the Canadian International Development Agency under the Harper Conservatives in 2013.

2015

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Nastovski, Katherine. 2017. Review: Working Through the Past: Labor and Authoritarian Legacies in Comparative Perspectives. Edited by Teri L. Caraway, Maria Lorena Cook, and Stephen Crowley. Labour/Le Travail 80 (Fall): 365-367.

2017

Nastovski, Katherine. 2013. Review: In the Interest of Democracy: The Rise and Fall of the Early Cold War Alliance Between the American Federation of Labor and the Central Intelligence Agency, by Quenby Olmsted Hughes. Labour/Le Travail 71(Spring): 278-80.

2013

Nastovski, Katherine. 2011. Review: The AFL-CIO’s Secret War Against Developing Country Workers: Solidarity or Sabotage? By Kim Scipes. Labour/Le Travail 67(Spring): 246-248.

2011

Books

Publication
Year

Under contract with the University of Toronto Press, Transnational Horizons works to advance research on Global Labour Studies by developing a theoretical framework to understand how workers' movements have approached transnational solidarity and coordination.

The book has three central objectives:

1. To advance research in the emerging field of Global Labour Studies by developing a theoretical framework to understand the way principal actors within the labour movement have seen workers in the Global South as both opportunities and threats to the future and security of Canadian workers. Specifically, the book presents a dialectical framework to understand how ideas of race, gender and citizenship shape transnational resistance strategies, and how racialized and gendered class formation in Canada continues to influence ideas of workers’ justice and responses to imperialism, colonialism and the regulation of migrant workers.

2. To establish the groundwork for future scholarship on labour transnationalism in Canada by providing original empirical research on the conflicting forces at work in the making of transnational strategies.

3. To support the efforts of practitioners to imagine new strategic directions for transnational solidarity. This book does this by both identifying ongoing structural and ideological challenges for building labour transnationalism and lessons from major counterforces to the dominant institutional practices


Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Nastovski, Katherine. 2014. Workers Confront Apartheid: Comparing Canadian Labour Solidarity Campaigns Against South African and Israeli Apartheid. Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society, Special Issue on Building International Labor Solidarity 17(2): 211-237.

This article compares union solidarity campaigns against apartheid and the relevance of race and colonialism for transnational labour solidarity.

2014

Nastovski, Katherine. 2012. Between Nationalism and Solidarity: Assessing the KKE’s Post Civil War Positioning of the Macedonian Question. Balkanistica 25(2): 75-105.

This article explores the tensions between nationalism, working-class consciousness, and solidarity in the context of the Greek Civil War.

2012

Approach to Teaching


Drawn from my research agenda in Global Labour Studies and my experience as a labour and social justice activist and educator, my approach to teaching aims to build student confidence and skills through experiential and active learning exercises. I offer a global lens to labour issues that connects issues of exploitation and oppression with an explicit view to advancing social change. In the classroom, this means that I structure learning in a way that continuously brings together theory, history, and cases or models of resistance in a global perspective.


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4240 6.0 A Labour Studies Placement SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2210 6.0 A Labour Relations in Canada LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC1510 6.0 A The Future of Work LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC1510 6.0 B The Future of Work LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4240 6.0 A Labour Studies Placement SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC2210 6.0 A Labour Relations in Canada LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC1510 6.0 A The Future of Work LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC1510 6.0 B The Future of Work LECT