International Women's Day Annual Conference,
Feminist Legal Studies and the
Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
March 10-11, 2023
Registration is Open and Free! Register Here
Bios and Abstracts
Radical Collaboration(s) for a Better World:
Reckonings, (R)evolutions, Life and Love...Towards the
Elimination of All Forms of Inequalities
Keynote Lecture by Dr. Debra Thompson: "Roots, Routes, and Reckonings: On Blackness and Belonging in North America"
Canada Research Chair in Racial Inequality in Democratic Societies | Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at McGill University
Abstract: Through an intimate exploration of the roots of Black identities in North America and the routes taken by we who have crisscrossed the world’s longest undefended border in search of freedom and belonging, this lecture journeys back and forth across the Canada/US border, and from coast to coast, combining memoir and analysis to highlight the tensions, contradictions, translations, and complications that anchor our understandings of race. It examines key, competing facets of Canadian and American manifestations of racism, including the intersection of racial formations and settler colonialism, analyzes the transnational dynamics and contours of the African diaspora in North America, and ultimately seeks to think through what it means to be in a place, but not be of that place. Across time and space, this research asks: where is home for those of African descent, and is belonging within the confines of the nation-state either possible or desirable?
Bio: Dr. Debra Thompson is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Racial Inequality in Democratic Societies at McGill University. She is a leading scholar of the comparative politics of race and a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Her research, teaching, and public scholarship seek to analyze the complex historic and contemporary relationships among race, the state, and inequality in Canada and other democratic societies. Dr. Thompson’s award-winning first book, The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census (Cambridge University Press, 2016) is a study of the political development of racial classifications on the national censuses of the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Her best-selling second book, The Long Road Home: On Blackness and Belonging (Scribner Canada, 2022) was one of Indigo’s top 100 books, CBC’s best non-fiction of 2022, the Hill Times top 100 books of 2022, and was also a finalist for the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.