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my speaking & oral engagements
Any work that fundamentally challenges the crux and core features through which our lives are systematically manufactured and authorized to aid, abide, and uphold our colonial capitalist supremacist patriarchy, is bound to get criticism, censorship, and extreme, oftentimes threatening backlash. I am lucky however, to have found, and oftentimes had others find me, who value this dialogue. In one of the first teach-in’s I had, I spoke about such discussion as “a space of reciprocal dialogue and intentional sisterhood that forced wide open the political nature of our seemingly apolitical lives”. I find that sentiment and description to echo through my work, regardless of its audience at a university, college, high school, consciousness raising group, teach-in, protest, march, rally, or strike.
Whether it be disentangling the ways structural violence manifests in intimate relations and codifies sexualities today, examining the multifaceted nature of labour and its de-legitimization at multiple axis of race, gender, and class relations, or (un)learning how our notions of freedom and liberation are intimately entangled with our socialization and grooming within unjust structures, I not only strive to make salient the matrixes of power as they operate by and through our day to day lives, but attend to offer insights and engage in situated dialogue that attempts to transgress, protest, oppose, and transfigure these relations so that we not only free ourselves, but us all.
While majority of my speaking engagements are based on my current research projects and community-based participatory initiatives, they are tailored for the specific climate, environment, and individual/collective needs that you and yours may hold. Recent workshops and speeches (I seldom call them as such because these “speeches” are intentional manifestos and calls to action), include focal points from a postcolonial feminist and transnational intersectionality lens, as explained deeper in my research section.
some of my upcoming scheduled speaking engagements
Justice Studies Association: Waste, Violence, and Justice, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, USA. May 28-30, 2020.
Political Demonologies: Race, Gender, and Coloniality in a Postsecular Age, University College Dublin, Ireland. May 15–16, 2020.
Performing Labour: (Re)Evaluations In the Humanities, California Polytechnic State University, USA. April 25-26, 2020.
Craft Critique Culture: Justice Framed, University of Iowa, USA. April 17-18, 2020.
Marxist Sexualities:The Twenty-Second Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group, University of Florida, USA. April 2-4, 2020.
Queering Racial Capitalism: Visions of Transformative Justice, Social Justice Institute, University of British Columbia, Canada. April 4, 2020.
*due to the coronavirus pandemic, the majority of these conferences have been postponed/cancelled. details forthcoming.