The Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Department of African-American Studies present an upcoming lecture by Dr. Rinaldo Walcott, “Funk: A Black Note on the Human,” on Monday, October 19, at 4:00 p.m. at 25 Park Place, Room 830. This lecture is also co-sponsored by SPEAK and Faces of Feminism.
Dr. Walcott is Chair of the University of Toronto’s Women and Gender Studies Institute. As an interdisciplinary scholar Walcott has published on music, literature, film and theater and policy among other topics. All of Walcott’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. In all of Walcott’s research and publication he focuses on Black cultural politics; histories of colonialism in the Americas, multiculturalism, citizenship, and diaspora; gender and sexuality; and social, cultural and public policy. (from WGSI website). His current project is Beyond Blackness: ‘Other’ Canadians and the Re-making of the Nation.
Walcott’s publications include several books and numerous articles, including:
- “A Tribute to Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones),” Canadian Dimension, 48, no. 5 (September/October 2014): 43-44.
- “The Book of Others (Book IV): Canadian Multiculturalism, the State, and Its Political Legacies,” in Canadian Ethnic Studies, 46, no. 2 (2014): 127-132
- “Love as Distraction: Canadians, Obamaa, and African-Canadian Political Invisibility,” in The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century (2014; ed. Dinesh Sharma, pp. 117-122)
- “Black Gay Men as Sexual Subjects: Race, Racialisation and the Social Relations of Sex among Black Men in Toronto,” Culture, Health, and Sexuality, 15, no. 4 (April 2013): 434-449 (co-authored)
- “Against the Rules of Blackness: Hilton Als’ The Women and Jamaica Kincaid’s My Brother (Or How to Raise Black Queer Kids),” in Sex and the Citizen: Interrogating the Caribbean (2011; ed. Faith Smith, pp. 75-86)
- Counselling Across and Beyond Cultures: Exploring the Work of Clemmont Vontress in Clinical Practice (co-editor with Roy Moodley, 2010)
- “Reconstructing Manhood; or, The Drag of Black Masculinity,” Small Axe, 13, no. 1 (2009): 75-89.
- Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism (edited, 2000)
- Black Like Who?: Writing • Black • Canada (1997; 2nd rev. ed. 2003)
This event is free and open to the public.