Workshops and Presentations

 

 24-26 MAY 2013

Where are you from? Reclaiming the Black Presence in Canada, Black Canadian Studies Association 2013 Conference

Cora-Lee and rosalind were thrilled to participate in this conference at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.  Cora presented on a panel titled “History and Cartographies of Blackness and Belonging” and rosalind presented on a panel titled “Blackness, Identity and Visual Culture.”  Here are our abstracts:

 Cora-Lee Conway. “Women, Race & Power: Black Female Politicians in Canada: Memorial Landscapes & Present Perceptions”

Joseph Tussman’s Burden of Office presents an intriguing amalgam of classic Greek tragedy in contemporary vernacular and analysis of the tensions within holding public office. For Black female politicians in Canada, that burden of office is often exacerbated by the pressures of representing and trailblazing as numbers remain dreadfully low. This research picks up on the work of Jerome Black (2003) and Abu-Laban (2002) and focuses on Black women in Canada’s political land- scape and their unique position within the political landscape of this country given the complex legacy of slavery, colonialism, immigration and the ways in which that legacy has produced a special brand of home-grown racism and patriarchy that directly impacts access to positions of power.

Figures like Rosemary Brown, Jean Augustine and Michaelle Jean will be examined to provide an analysis of the ways in which gender and race intersect with paradigms of political power in Canada and the perceptions as presented in the media and other texts setting a framework for a qualitative exploration into the memories of the Black female politicians. Of particular interest are their memories of their respective girlhoods and school with the aim of making space and challenging access to place.

rosalind hampton.  “Being Black (…aka light skins are a likkle bit wack)”
In this presentation I will share family album, a self-study using layered qualitative and creative methods. Through this self-study I examined my bi-racial-Black identity after it arose as an issue in the context of my Master’s research, a participatory photography project with a Black Caribbean Canadian family who I had known for several years.

Can’t be bothered with these light skin chicc [[SlaveMasterPikney]]

Dark&Lovely #Darker The Berry Sweeta Dii Juiceee aka light skins are a likkle bit wack.

The statement quoted above, posted by one of my co-researcher-participants on her Facebook page during our project, provoked a defensive reaction on my part, making me aware of a need to examine my positionality as a member of and “insider researcher” within Montreal’s Black community. I responded with a reflexive process of gathering and bringing together personal memories and artifacts, public records, historical narratives, folklore, and photographic practice, through which I constructed a family [photo] album.

While addressing the particular historical situation of “mulatto” Blacks, my study highlighted the instability of racial terminology, troubling fixed “Black and white” categories and the quantification of bi-racial identity as a state of being “half-half.”  Through blurring binaries between objective and subjective, past and present, I reconnected to and gained a stronger sense of my ancestral roots in the American South and Black identity overall. Creative self-study thus emerged as a powerful method of research and pedagogy, promoting personal and professional insight and growth.

2013 BCSA Conference Schedule

Learn more about the Black Canadian Studies Association

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17 APRIL 2013

Celebrating the life and work of Chinua Achebe
Commemorative event c0-presentated by Institute of Islamic Studies and C-Uni-T

McGill University, Montreal

Achebe

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4 AVRIL 2013

Une soirée avec Audre Lorde, organisée dans le cadre de Politics & Care, un projet qui tente de rendre visible et de tricoter les liens entre les processus créatifs, le bien-être collectif, le self-care et le politique.

Politics & care est un terrain de jeu pour penser le bien-être collectif, fabriquer de l’art (de rue) et travailler à intégrer la nécessité de prendre soin de soi dans nos pratiques politiques, notre activisme et nos strucures organisationnelles.
Question de pouvoir incarner des perspectives politiques radicales tout en étant cohérents avec ce que l’on ressent, ce que l’on vit et ce à quoi on aspire.

An evening with Audre Lorde
Politics & Care – A Project works to make explicit the links between the process of creativity, through holistic healing, street art practices, and an integrated political discourse around well-being and self-care in activism and organizing.

Présentation de C-UniT suivi d’une lecture de quelques courts textes d’Audre Lorde et d’un aperçu de l’impact qu’Audre Lorde a eu sur les liens nécessaires entre lutte contre le racisme et le féminisme; sur le lesbianisme, la poésie et le politique.

Courte présentation du film Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984-1992 de Dagmar Schultz 70 minutes – Veuillez noter que le film est en allemamd et en anglais avec sous-titre anglais.

Ce film nous fait découvrir un chapitre fort peu connu d’Audre Lorde écrivaine afro-américaine, lesbienne, poète, mère, professeure et activiste: ses années passées en Allemagne jusqu’à sa mort en 1992. De 1984 jusqu’à sa mort Audre Lorde vint à Berlin plusieurs mois par année. Au début elle vint à Berlin en tant que professeure invitée mais de manière plus significative comme mentor et catalyseure du mouvement afro-allemand. Grâce à son soutien indéfectible toute une génération d’écrivaines et de poètes donnèrent voix à leur expérience en tant que personnes racisées en Allemagne. Lorde eut également un impact sur les femmes blanches et permis une conscientisation de leur privilège et une manière constructive d’y être confrontée. Le film met en valeur la contribution d’Audre Lorde dans le discours allemand sur le racisme, la xénophobie, l’antisémitisme, la lutte des classes, et l’homophobie à l’intérieur du mouvement Noir et du mouvement des femmes noirs et des femmes blanches. Une contribution toujours pertinente qui influe encore sur les réalités d’aujourd’hui. Les entrevues du film explorent l’influence que la pensée d’Audre Lorde continue d’avoir, l’impact de son œuvre et de sa personnalité.

Audre Lorde was a highly influential, award-winning African-American, lesbian, poet, author, mother, teacher and activist. Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 introduces audiences to a little-known chapter of Audre Lorde’s prolific life. From 1984 through her death in 1992, she spent a part each year in Berlin, first as a visiting professor, but more significantly, as the mentor and catalyst that almost single-handedly ignited the Afro-German movement. With her active support a whole generation of writers and poets for the first time gave voice to their unique experience as people of color in Germany. Lorde had a decisive impact on white women – challenging them to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege – and to deal with difference in constructive ways. The film outline her contributions to the German discourse on racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, classism, and homophobia within the Black movement and the Black and White women’s movement, a discourse alive and growing today. Present-day interviews explore the lasting influence of Lorde’s ideas and the impact of her work and personality.

Le film sera suivi d’une discussion animée par Politics & Care et C-UniT. Venez avec vos textes d’Audre Lorde tout soulignés, commentés. Des poèmes aussi! Et si parmi vous il y en a qui ont écrit et ont été inspiré par l’œuvre d’Audre Lorde alors venez partagé ça avec nous après le film.

Et on en profitera pour vous faire aussi découvrir la réalisatrice du film Dagmar Schultz grande amie d’Audre à Berlin mais aussi une importante éditrice ayant eu une maison d’édition féministe allemande, “Orlanda Verlag”, qui publia Marion Kraft entre autres. Dagmar Schultz, Audre Lorde, Marion Kraft, et Katharina Oguntaye sont venue à la 3ème Foire internationale du livre féministe organisée à Montréal du 14 au 19 juin 1988 par Diana Bronson et Ariane Brunet. Voilà les protagonistes de ce film on laissé des traces en ville…

Café l’Artère, Montréal

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16 MARCH 2013

Steady paces towards Black-inclusive spaces.
C-Uni-T panel at the annual conference of the Education Graduate Students Society

Cora Lee Conway, rosalind hampton, Lerona Lewis, and Rachel Zellars of C-Uni-T

Members of the Community-University Talks (C-UniT) collective will discuss their respective and diverse efforts in creating spaces within academia that respond to and meet their needs as Black students. Through performance and presentations, panelists will explore the challenges and successes they have faced, and share best practices and lessons learned.

2013 EGSS Conference program

McGill University, Montreal

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25 FEBRUARY 2013

At the River I Stand. A film about the 1968 labour strike that brought public sector unionism to the American South and proved that the Civil Rights and Workers’ Rights movements could be merged. 

Film screening in co-presented by C-Uni-T and AGSEM (http://tas.agsem-aeedem.ca/)

McGill University, Montreal

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13 FEBRUARY 2013

Where the f*k am I?!  C-Uni-T panel presentation for QPIRG McGill’s 2013 Social Justice Days

Christiana Collison, rosalind hampton, and Nantali Indongo of C-Uni-T

Black McGill students and alumni share past and ongoing experiences of navigating the McGill institution to raise awareness of and promote critical thinking about these experiences and related issues. 

McGill University, Montreal

 

 Photo gallery/ Galerie de photos