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Great Black North: Study, Existence and Resistance in Black

  • York University 4700 Keele Street North York, ON, M3J 1P3 Canada (map)

Details on this super interesting conference below:

““Black Canada exists. More to the point, Black Canada matters. It matters historically. For while Canada is often reduced to a static, one-dimensional geography (as the last stop on the Underground Railroad, as the promised land under the North Star), […] Black Canada also matters politically. For despite Black Canada’s apparent marginality—indeed, because of Black Canada’s apparent marginality—the contemporary political and social landscape of Black Canada offers lessons not limited to its national confines: as a minority population in a white settler colony, as a marginal population within the African Diaspora, and as a racialized population under a regime of neoliberal multiculturalism that affirms culture while it denies race and that fêtes diversity while it despises Blackness.”
- On Black Canadian Thought, Peter James Hudson and Aaron Kamugisha

York University’s Social and Political Thought Graduate Program is pleased to announce its 32ndannual conference, Strategies of Critique: Great Black North: Study, Resistance and Existence in Black from October 11th-October 13th2018 in Senate Chamber, N940 Ross Building. We organize this conference with an aim to understand and affirm Black experience in/of Canadian contexts where ideas of a Great White North too often prevail. Intending a scholarly intervention within an academic landscape shaped by neoliberal governance and racial capitalism, we know that we must look to challenge the academic industrial complex’s entanglements with white supremacy, settler-colonialism, enslavement, patriarchy and neoliberal logics of domination, as well as other regimes and instances of violence to understand its own “underground” constituted by Black Canadian experiences. Such modalities function to pacify or make invisible anti-racist and anti-colonial resistances within the academy. This year’s Strategies of Critique responds to the absence of a Black Canadian Studies stream as one such instance of invisiblity and pacification, which must be interrogated and denaturalized. Thus, it asks: what is at stake in the ongoing production of new forms of collectivity and struggle, the making and re-making of a Great Black North that exceeds the idea of Canadian experience? Under what constraints do anti-racist and anti-colonial resistances labour within the academy over questions of justice and collective liberation, and what are the forms of intervention, academic or otherwise, through which people take up these political struggles? We invite students, community members, and anyone who is interested in attend our series of panels and events as we attempt to chart, trace, and map the structure of Black Canada.

*We encourage folks with any accessibility needs to please email us about how we can make this conference more accessible for you. For any folks with dietary restrictions, please email us by October 5th so we can ensure our catering includes your needs*”

Earlier Event: October 11
Christina Aguilera Liberation Tour
Later Event: October 12
Screening: Studio 54