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FES faculty Dr. Jin Haritaworn & the Marvellous Grounds collective launch their two book collections!

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Toronto/Three Fires Territory has long been a place that people move to in order to join queer and trans Black, Indigenous and people of colour (QTBIPOC) communities. Yet the city’s rich history of antiracist and anti-colonial queer and trans activism remains largely unwritten and unarchived. While QTBIPOC have a long and visible presence in the city, they always appear as newcomers in queer urban maps and archives in which white queers appear as the only historical subjects imaginable. To unmap and counter-archive this, this team of five FES and York faculty, grad students and graduates, including Professor Jin Haritaworn, Syrus Marcus Ware, Ghaida Moussa, Alvis Choi and Rio Rodriguez, has brought together some of the city’s finest artists, activists and academics in two books and a blog (
Featuring the art, activism, and writings of QTBIPOC in Toronto, Marvellous Grounds (Between The Lines) tells the stories that have shaped Toronto’s landscape but are frequently forgotten or erased. Responding to an unmistakable desire in QTBIPOC communities for history and lineage, this rich volume allows us to imagine new ancestors and new futures.
Queering Urban Justice (University of Toronto Press) foregrounds visions of urban justice that are critical of racial and colonial capitalism, and asks: What would it mean to map space in ways that address very real histories of displacement and erasure? What would it mean to regard QTBIPOC as geographic subjects who model different ways of inhabiting and sharing space?
WHERE? Atrium, Toronto Reference Library.
The event is co-sponsored by TRL and Between the Lines. Expect readings and sharing from Asam Ahmad, Richard Fung, Jin Haritaworn, Pauline Hwang, David Lewis-Peart, Rio Rodriguez, Syrus Marcus Ware and Laureen Blu Waters!
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Oct 23 2018


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Toronto Reference Library @ 789 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8, Canada
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