My work–our work–cannot be summarized into static areas of interest. We are multilayered beings whose interests are often unidentifiable until they make themselves known to us. You may be interested in some of the projects I have taken up in the current and recent past, for which I provide some details below:

– I am the Founder of lottet (let’s open that third eye together), an experimental arena and workspace housing multiple collectives and ventures unjumbling and making sense of violence’s multiple forms. Here, I direct the amalgamating consciousness coalition, which utilizes consciousness raising as a practice to unsettle domination and invite in freedom and liberation

– I help coordinate the Hart House Global Commons’ Advisory Committee & Dialogue to Action Project with partners from Colombia, Canada, France, South Africa, and the U.S.A

– I am the Digital Humanities Research Coordinator for the South Asian Oral Histories in Peel Project at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga

– I assist research on the violence’s of technology with the reprising the real world of technology working group at the University of Toronto, funded by the McLuhan Centre of Culture & Technology

– I am a Research & Project Associate at the Knowledge Equity Lab and Consultant for the City of Toronto on the COVID-19 Recovery Research Project, Digital Access: Who Is Underserved and Why? 

– I collaborate on international social justice and international development projects, such as serving as an External Reviewer for the Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge Innovation Screen coordinated by Grand Challenges Canada, and as an invited contributor for a co-edited professional book on coaching & climate change, to be published before the UN 2021 Climate Change Conference

– I advise projects across diverse points of departure such as a Strategic Gender-Based Evaluation on a 20.9 million dollar Sexual & Reproductive Health Behavioural Change Strategy (SPARC) with the Aga Khan Foundation Mozambique and as an Advisory Consultant for the Sustainable Development Goals Storyline, Public Health in Global History at the Global Health Institute

– I am a researcher and theorist across several fields. My notable research residencies and fellowships of the past year include: Reach ITESO Research Fellow at ITESO University in Mexico (2020); Climate Solutions Accelerator Leader with Youth Challenge International (2020-2021); Reach Research Fellow (2019-2021); Jackman Scholar in Residence at the Jackman Humanities Institute (deferred from 2020 to 2021), amongst others

I see our embodied movements through the world as anchors, as a compass through which we are able to learn, unlearn, and come to a world of freedom and justice. I enliven the restorative nature of experiential, embodied, feminist, and decolonized means of knowing and living, regardless of my audience at a university, college, high school, workplace, consciousness raising group, teach-in, protest, march, rally, or strike.

My current areas of specialty for training, consulting, research, speaking, and facilitation locate violence in its numerous, often hidden forms including but not limited to:

– racialized violence;
– violence against women;
– sexual violence;
– prostitution and sex work;
– cultural studies and popular culture;
– knowledge/epistemic violence;
– digital humanities/oral histories;
– climate destruction and violence; 
– equity, diversity, and inclusion (or rather unpacking what it means to be included in environments that are hateful and violent);
– anti-domination, anti-oppression, anti-violence; and
– decolonization

i am a strategic project advisor in gender, race, and development, and also serve roles as an anti-domination/oppression/violence consultant and trainer in diverse personal and professional settings. alongside these mediums, we can also collaborate through:

— panels and roundtables such as Youth Mobilization for Climate Justice and a Just Recovery and activism then & now: an antiracism feminist cross-generational conversation for international women’s day

— press and media requests, including interviews for features such as this one with the Reach Alliance, this one with CTV News, and this one with Aga Khan University and podcasts such as this Unsettling Knowledge Inequities episode and this where the margin ends interview

— recordings of my poetry, speaking, and/or spoken word such as this one with OpenCon, SPARC, & KEL

—  talks and lectures (public, professional, and academic) including course guest lectures, conference keynotes, and virtual webinars based on my threads of focus mentioned above. for instance, here’s a talk on the technologies of power & control in knowledge infrastructures, and i recently delivered a similar lecture to a graduate course seminar at the faculty of information, uoft on how knowledge can be violent through its creation and production processes

— workshops and trainings across themes from anti-domination and anti-racism to diversity, equity, and inclusion (from a critical lens) in professional settings through collaborative and interactive sessions via miro

i am accountable to these projects, areas, mediums, and their unravelling. i invite the opportunity for us to serve in any of them/their interconnections/beyond them. if you would like to collaborate, please connect with me 📨 kanishka@kanishkasikri.com