The Michael Baptista Lecture
The Transnational Case for Reparations: Repair, Redress and Emancipation
March 31, 2021
Panel: Esther Ojulari, Consultoría para los Derechos Humanos y el Desplazamiento – CODHES, Colombia. Clissio Santana,Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil. Amy Strecker, University College Dublin, Ireland. Nora Wittmann, Author, “Slavery Reparations Time is Now.” Moderated by Michele Johnson, Professor of History and Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University.
The Caribbean Case for Reparations: Remembrance, Reclamation and Restorative Futures
March 18, 2021
Panel: Natasha Lightfoot,Associate Professor of History, Columbia University, New York. Verene A. Shepherd, Professor of History, Director of the Centre for Reparations Research, University of the West Indies, Regional HQ, Mona. Cikiah Thomas, Chair, Global Afrikan Congress, Toronto. Chevy Eugene (Discussant), PhD Candidate, Social and Political Thought, York University. Moderated by: Michele Johnson, Professor of History and Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University.
Critical but Expendable: Migration, Securitization, Racialization in (Unequal) Nation States
February 11, 2021
Panel: Evelyn Encalada Grez, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada. Manuel Galaviz, University of Texas at Austin, USA. Angelique V. Nixon, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Chris Ramsaroop, Justicia For Migrant Workers and OISE, University of Toronto, Canada.
Fly Me to the Moon: Imagining a Future Beyond Extractions
November 11, 2020
Panel: Esther Figueroa, Director of Fly Me to the Moon. Doona Ashamock, Indigenous Climate Action. Ali Kazimi, York University. Rachel Goffe, University of Toronto. Andil Gosine, York University. Tameka Samuels-Jones, York University. Rob Connell, University of California (was not able to participate).
- To access Esther Figueroa's manifesto, please click here.
Central American Migrants in Limbo: Transit Experiences and Grassroots Responses
March 11, 2020
Panel: Gio Bat'z, New Mexico State. Elizabeth Oglesby, University of Arizona. Adalberto Ramos, Centro de Recursos para Migrantes.
Discussant: Francisco Rico-Martinez (FCJ Refugee Centre)
The Coloniality of Disaster: Race, Empire and Emergency in Puerto Rico, USA
May 10, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Yarimar Bonilla. A political anthropologist specializing in questions of sovereignty, citizenship and race across the Americas.
Activism, Archives, and Performance: Commemorating 40 Years of CERLAC
November 8, 2018
Reflections from Early CERLAC directors
- Alan Simmons (Sociology, York University)
- Liisa North (Politics, York University)
Activism and the Latin American Working Group Collection
- Luis van Isschot (History, University of Toronto)
- Zoe Heyn-Jones (Postdoctoral Fellow, Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas)
Keynote by Diana Taylor
- Diana Taylor (Performance Studies and Spanish, New York University): “‘Making Presence’: Regina José Galindo, Earth (2013)”
Violence in Mexico and Canadian Refugee Policy
March 8, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Sergio Aguayo. Professor at El Colegio de Mexico.
Panel: Judy Hellman, York University. Kathy Price, Amnesty International. Loly Rico, Canadian Council for Refugees.
'Disguise Up De English Language': Louise Bennett's Anansi Poetics
November 3, 2016
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Cooper, CD. Retired Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, University of the West Indies (Mona Campus)
Beyond Memory/Mas alla de la Memoria: Traces of the Past in Struggle for the Future
March 10, 2016
Panel: Gustavo Meoño, Carlos Henríquez Consalvi and Diana Carolina Sierra
Education and Mobilization in Contested Mexico - Situating Ayotzinapa
March 18, 2015
Panel: Jo Tuckman, Luis Hernandez and Maria Luz Arriaga.
Who Ain't A Slave. Slavery in Fact and in Herman Melville's Fiction
March 26, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Greg Grandin, Yale University.
The Diana Massiah Lecture
"The Language of the Blue Clerk"
November 19, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Dionne Brand
This year the Diana Massiah Lecture will feature Dionne Brand. The theme of her talks is: A meditation on what poetry offers to ‘being’ in the diaspora; a consideration of poetry’s possibilities in diaspora.