Mittwoch, 05. Dezember 2018, 18:30 - 21:00 iCal

Rinaldo Walcott (Toronto) Back to the Future:

Genres of the Human, Flesh and Freedom.


Der Gender Talk des Referats Genderforschung findet im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe zu antirassistischen, BPoC und migrantischen Perspektiven im Feld der Kunst und Bildung in Kooperation mit dem Arbeitskreis für Gleichbehandlungsfragen, Akademie geht in die Schule, dem Institut für Kunst und Kulturwissenschaften, dem Institut für bildende Kunst und dem PhD-in-Practice Programm der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien statt.

Atelierhaus der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
Lehargasse 8, Tor 1, 1. OG, 1060 Wien


This paper takes as central to its concerns how artists are engaging the migration crisis. With a particular focus on representations of the crossing of the Mediterranean by Africans the paper works with art and literature through the work of Black feminists whose contributions pay attention to gender and sexuality. The theoretical work of Sylvia Wynter and Christina Sharpe, along with the artist Abdi Osman and writer Christina Ali Farah are foundational to how the argument of the paper unfolds.


Rinaldo Walcott is Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Director of Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto; he is also a member of the Graduate Program in Cinema Studies of Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto. His teaching and research is in the area of black diaspora cultural studies and postcolonial studies with an emphasis on questions of sexuality, gender, nation, citizenship and multiculturalism.

As an interdisciplinary scholar Rinaldo has published on music, literature, film and theater and policy among other topics. All of Rinaldo’s research is founded in a philosophical orientation that is concerned with the ways in which coloniality shapes human relations across social and cultural time.

From 2002-2007 Rinaldo held the Canada Research Chair of Social Justice and Cultural Studies where the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation funded his research for Innovation and the Ontario Innovation Trust. From January 2010 to June 2010 Rinaldo was Senior Research Fellow at the Warfield Center for African American Studies and the Department of African Diaspora and African Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining OISE UT Rinaldo was Associate Professor in the Division of Humanities, at York University. While at York, he serviced as the Graduate Program Director of Interdisciplinary Studies.


Rinaldo Walcott is the author of Black Like Who: Writing Black Canada (Insomniac Press, 1997 with a second revised edition in 2003), he is also the editor of Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism (Insomniac, 2000). As well, Rinaldo Walcott is the Co-editor with Roy Moodley of Counselling Across and Beyond Cultures: Exploring the Work of Clemment Vontress in Clinical Practice (University of Toronto Press, 2010). Currently, Rinaldo is completing The Long Emancipation: Moving Towards Freedom. Additionally he is co-editor with Dina Georgis and Katherine McKittrick, No Language Is Neutral: Essays on Dionne Brand in Topia: The Journal of Canadian Cultural Studies. Rinaldo is the General Editor of Topia as well. He is also the author Queer Returns: Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora and Black Studies (Insomniac Press, 2016).

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