FREE Public Lecture: “Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present”
Thursday, September 28th @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PMFree
Speaker: Robyn Maynard, Montreal journalist and author of Policing Black Lives in Canada from Slavery to the Present (book launch).
Abstract: Laying bare the violent realities behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black life in Canada. Through an unapologetically intersectional, feminist and abolitionist lens, this talk looks at how slavery’s legacy has been carried forward by the state, exposing the social and historical forces behind carding/street checks, the war on drugs, the school-to-prison pipeline, welfare “fraud” and child welfare enforcement, deportation, and the disproportionate incarceration of Black folks in Canada’s jails, prisons, and immigration detention centres.
Studies in National and International Development (SNID) is pleased to welcome everyone back to school and another year of eclectic, challenging and stimulating SNID talks. For over 30 years SNID has helped to foster an intellectual community at Queen’s/Kingston among people interested in “development” in the broadest national and international sense. This year we are grateful to the Queen’s Provost’s Office, the Faculty of Arts and Science, as well as several generous Queen’s departments, for providing both programming and staff funding. This allows us to invite guests to campus, as well as Queen’s researchers, to present their work. All SNID lectures are free and open to the public.
Robyn Maynard is a Black feminist writer, grassroots community organizer and independent scholar based in Montréal. She has been a part of movements against racial profiling and police violence for over a decade, and has an extensive background in community work doing harm-reduction-centered outreach and support work. She currently co-cordinates workshops for incarcerated women with the Black Indigenous Harm Reduction Alliance. Her written work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Montréal Gazette, and a number of academic journals and anthologies.
Queen’s Campus Bookstore will be selling copies of Policing Black Lives at this event.