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The ECS Visiting Speakers Committee is delighted to host Dr. Karina Vernon (University of Toronto, Scarborough) & Junetta Jamerson (oral historian and founding member of Black Women United YEG) for a collaborative talk on:

“Permission, Responsibility, and Refusal in Black Archives”

Wednesday, November 20


3:30 to 5:00 PM

Abstract: What is a black Canadian archive? What, specifically, makes it “black”? What differentiates the black archive from dominant state archives? And what editorial and archival practices are necessary for working respectfully and ethically in black archives? In this co-­authored presentation, Vernon and Jamerson weave together their first-­person accounts of working with both scholarly researchers and black Canadian communities in order to elaborate what a black feminist archival practice looks like. They argue that the black archive is a network of social relations, one that is responsible to black Canadian modes of permission and refusal.

Earlier in the afternoon, graduate students and new scholars are welcome to join Dr. Vernon for coffee and conversation from 1:45 to 3:00 PM in CNH 332. Please find her essay “Invisibility Exhibit: The Limits of Library and Archives Canada’s ‘Multicultural Mandate'” attached to this email for reference.

All are welcome. Please feel free to circulate this email and the event poster, also attached, to your lists (& apologies for cross-posting). For more information or to request accommodations, please contact Sarah Brophy ( or Nadine Attewell (