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Honouring Agnes Calliste: Innovative Critical Race and Intersectional Perspectives in Canadian Scholarship

November 23, 2018 at 8:45 AM to 3:15 PM

Location:270 Residence Commons
Key Contact:Daiva Stasiulis

The symposium will honour the scholarship of Dr. Agnes Miranda Calliste, 74, who spent her career as a Professor of Sociology at St. Francis Xavier University, and passed on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Dr. Calliste, born in Grenada, was a nationally and internationally celebrated academic. Her scholarship focused on the complex interrelation of migration, work, race, ethnicity and gender in Canada. Her ground-breaking interdisciplinary research with African-Canadian railway porters and Caribbean-Canadian nurses and domestic workers explored under-researched dimensions of our social history.

Dr. Calliste studied not only the institutionalized oppression of such communities, but also their organized resistance. Her research is now widely cited by academics as essential reading in various fields. She also edited critically acclaimed collections, such as Power, Knowledge and Anti-Racism Education and Anti-Racist Feminism, with Dr. George Dei.

This symposium, inspired by Dr. Calliste’s foundational work, showcases the relevance and richness of creative intersectional research and theorizing (including race/ethnicity, colonialism, gender, class, citizenship, and sexuality) in extending the conceptual boundaries of understanding Canada’s white settler colonial and racialized formations.  The papers, presented by established and emergent Carleton scholars examines topics such as identity and masculinity in the Black and African diaspora, the disposability and resilience of Caribbean migrant labour, theorizing anti-colonial, anti-racist feminism, the transnationalism of racialized (Indian and Argentinian) communities, racism and power in Canadian children’s literature, and positionalities of racialized feminist scholars and students.

The symposium, composed of three chaired panels with continental breakfast and lunch included, will be held on November 23rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Residence Commons room 270. Please click hereto view the program and here for the poster.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesMigration and Diaspora StudiesWomen’s and Gender Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.