Out of the Shadow: Subversive Voices on Resistance to Racism, Resilience, and Queer Futurity

The bodyachieves (1)An evening of research & discussion with Dr Sulaimon Giwa, Assistant Professor Memorial University of Newfoundland, Faculty of Social Work

Thurs, June 29, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
251 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON

In the shadow of hegemonic ideals of Whiteness in gay/queer men’s communities lie subversive voices of gay men of colour yearning to breathe free. The rich tapestry of their lives have, to date, been narrowly defined through the biomedical discourse of HIV/AIDS. Despite their lives being shaped by other social forces, such as White racism, the mechanisms employed to resist and cope in the face of such adversity have not been well studied. Yet this knowledge is key to understanding the group’s resilience, and to developing a socioculturally responsive model of coping for research and practice in Canada. Centring the everyday realities of racialized queer subjectivity in this way gives voice to their accounts of racial struggle and transformational resistance. The latter is an injunctive for a queer future that exhorts innovative possibilities for social action and community advancement.

Dr. Sulaimon Giwa is an Assistant Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His applied research program and professional activities centralize critical race transformative pedagogies and theories as frameworks and analytic tools for social justice and equity. His research interests are in the areas of race and sexuality; critical social work pedagogy; antiracism/oppression; and the criminal justice system. He has taught in the social work programs at Ryerson University and York University.

Sponsors: Kind*, MAX, and the Canadian Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity

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