The Queer Colourline of Citizenship: #BlackLivesMatter, Mourning, and the Politics of Queer Disidentifications
Dr. OmiSoore H. Dryden
Thorneloe University (@Laurentian)
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017, 3:30-5:00pm
Where: HM Tory Bldg Rm T1-93, University of Alberta
Abstract: Racism and colonialism are defining structures of knowledge, set in the past, and while thriving in the present moment in both material and symbolic ways. Christina Sharpe (2016), in her book, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, states, “the past that is not past reappears, always, to rupture the present” (9). In this paper I read for the “rupture” in three moments – Black Lives Matter-Toronto and 2016 Toronto Pride; the Pulse Massacre and the politics of public mourning; and racism that continues to frame gay blood debates in Canada. Through the recognition that inclusion (as it is normatively operationalized) is not freedom, and sameness (as homophobia and identities are imagined) is actually a social injustice, I argue that these ruptures animate vibrant moments of disidentification.
Bio: OmiSoore H. Dryden is an assistant professor of Women's Studies at Thorneloe Unversity (@Laurentian) Dr. Dryden’s research explores how the history of racism and colonialism frame contemporary cultural understandings of blood, specifically, gender, sexuality, and raced identities. She utilizes a black queer diasporic analytic to interrogate the discourses out of which the meanings of blood (healthy and tainted) are produced and how these discourses shape the blood system in Canada. Dr. Dryden is the co-editor (with Dr. Suzanne Lenon) of the collection, Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging (UBC Press, 2015). Dr. Dryden is currently working on her forthcoming monograph, which explores Canadian Blood donation and the queerness of blackness. For more info visit: omisooredryden.com
This Department of Political Science Speaker Series talk is cosponsored by the Faculty of Native Studies and the Canada Research Chair in Political Economy and Social Governance (Dr. Janine Brodie) in the Department of Political Science.