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Black Canadian Studies Association

Association #309
Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA)
Conference dates: 
Monday, June 3, 2019 to Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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Asserting Black Life, Insisting on Black Freedom, Imagining the Decolonial: Demanding Reparations and State/Institutional Accountability The fifth meeting of the Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA) will take place June 3-4, 2019 as part of the national Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of British Columbia, on the unceded territories of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations which are otherwise referred to as the city of Vancouver. Our conference is entitled: Asserting Black Life, Insisting on Black Freedom, Imagining the Decolonial: Demanding Reparations and State/Institutional Accountability. Our conference draws inspiration from the Congress theme “Circles of Conversation,” with its focus on productive scholarly relations with Indigenous communities, and on art as an important form of engaged scholarship. We also draw inspiration from a United Nations working group report that, among other findings, recommends that the federal government of Canada should apologize for slavery and consider reparations for Canada’s implication in antiblackness. Canada was established through settler colonialism, the dispossession of Indigenous land and through the trans-Atlantic trade economy based on chattel slavery. African people were brought to this land beginning in the seventeenth century as slaves within this context. Following the formal abolition of slavery in Canadian society, African people racialized as Black continued to be placed outside of the Human, and subjected to social, economic, and political exclusion. Furthermore, Canadian immigration policies have been used by the state to deny Black people entry into Canada where it can, and to mark us for dehumanization and disregard. Rooted in these histories, anti-Black racism remains embedded in all state institutions of Canada, particularly but not limited to education and legal systems. Black people in Canada today—both newly arrived and multiple-generation Canadians—continue to face pervasive systemic racism interlocking with other forms of oppression.
Program: 

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Topics: 
With such questions in mind, the Black Canadian Studies Association is seeking individual papers, round tables and posters, art installations and performances from a wide range of disciplines that focus on Black Canadians/Blacks in Canada. Topics include, but are not limited to: • Canada’s participation in the slave trade/ trans-Atlantic slave economy • Conditions and characteristics of the enslavement of Black persons in Canada • Denials and acknowledgements of slavery and anti-black racism in Canada • Refuting Canadian nation-state mythologies • The implications of the 1911 Order-in-Council for Black life in and outside of Canada • Ending antiblackness, imagining Black freedom • Centering antiblackness in our scholarly analyses • Black and decolonial futures • Afrofuturism as response to antiblackness • The politics of apologies • Apologies for slavery from Britain and France • Apologies, reparations, and spirituality • Reparations demands throughout the Black Atlantic • Implications of reparations for Canadian slavery within the Canadian settler-colonial nation state • Mobilizing Black communities to demand reparations in Canada • Are reparations and reconciliation the same? • Immigration discrimination, deportation, and reparations • Africville and the dispossession of land in historically Black communities • Reparations, land, and Indigenous land dispossession • Solidarities and alliances in the demand for apologies and reparations • Monuments and memorials to colonizers and slave owners • The value and limits of symbolic gestures
Call-for-papers deadline: 
President's Reception: 
June 3, 2019
Program Chairs: 

Wesley Crichlow, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Local Arrangement Coordinators: 

Claudine Bonner, Acadia University

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