Due to Public Health Ontario recommendations and the current ban on interprovincial travel, this year the inaugural Black Studies Summer Seminar will take place online. Meeting daily for closed sessions during the week of June 14th, we will also have three public events highlighting major thinkers in the field of Black Studies.
Each year we collaborate with a dynamic cross-section of artists, creatives, scholars and academics to produce a range of experiences and discussions that centre Black Canada in conversation with the African diaspora.
We practice Black Study. The seminar is designed to engage the field of Black Studies while continually being mindful of the benefits and limits of the institutionalization of the field. This means we are generous in our interpretations of Black life and its study. Here, we move through art and scholarship at various frequencies in nuanced and attentive ways.
Charmaine Lurch - Henrietta Lacks - Petri Dish
On April 22, 2021 the University of Toronto was placed under censure by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) for its “failure to resolve concerns regarding academic freedom stemming from a hiring scandal in the Faculty of Law.” Censure is a sanction in which academic staff are asked to not accept appointments or speaking engagements at the University of Toronto until satisfactory changes are made. The April 22nd CAUT censure does not cover continued communication or research collaboration, just speaking engagements which involve outside speakers coming to the University of Toronto. Measures taken to honour the censure are not meant to undermine a commitment to advance equity within the university.
Please note that The School of Cities is no longer co-hosting the <BLK-S3tudies> 2021 Lecture Series. The <BLK-S3tudies> 2021 Lecture Series has been relocated to Queen’s University in support of the CAUT censure of the University of Toronto.
<BLK-S3tudies> 2021 organizers and speakers recognize and strongly support the April 22nd CAUT academic censure of the University of Toronto. The goals of the censure align with our objectives to advance research and cultural practices that support radical possibilities for Black life and liberation within the Canadian university system and on Turtle Island. We stand in solidarity with Black scholars, artists, intellectuals and students at the University of Toronto in their condemnation of institutional racism and their recognition of the fundamental importance of human rights. For that reason, the <BLK-S3tudies> 2021 Lecture Series is being administered and hosted through the departments of English Language and Literature and Gender Studies at Queen’s University.
Widespread awareness of and support for the censure has grown significantly since it was issued on April 22nd. We encourage participants and attendees of our public lectures to learn more about the censure by visiting the CAUT website.
For more information see censureuoft.ca.