Department of English

University of Toronto

The Politics of Presence: Beyond Words (Cancelled)

Event date: Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: University College, 15 King's College Circle. University of Toronto. Room 140

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The Politics of Presence: Beyond Words

A symposium about the protracted and continuing labour of established and emerging BIPOC literary voices on Turtle Island.
Organized by Lillian Allen & Smaro Kamboureli

Featuring talks and readings

Keynote Speaker - Chrystos - Topic: Still Standing
Poet & Activist - Winner of the Sappho Award of Distinction and the Audre Lorde International Poetry Prize

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Keynote - 9:30AM - 11AM

Panel I - 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Forge Identities, Resist Erasures
Makeda Silvera, Rita Wong, Chrystos, Inali Barger, and Columpa Bobb

Panel II - 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Forgotten Histories, Future Spaces
Lee Maracle, Larissa Lai, Phoebe Wang, Ian Keteku, Kamisha Alexson

Readings - 5:30pm - 7pm

Chrystos, Lee Maracle, Lillian Allen, Kamisha Alexson, Rita Wong, Makeda Silvera, Larissa Lai, Ian Keteku, Phoebe Wang, Columpa Bobb, Inali Barger
Accessibility entrance on the north side of UC.

Refreshments and light lunch will be served.

Avie Bennett Chair in Canadian Literature, University of Toronto
Insurgent Architects' House for Creative Writing, A CRC Initiative, University of Calgary
OCAD University
Canadian Studies, University College, University of Toronto
Centre for Indigenous Studies, University of Toronto
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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