Join the Women and Gender Studies Institute and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto for the launch of Nikoli Attai’s book “Defiant Bodies: Making Queer Community in the Anglophone Caribbean.”
The event will include a panel discussion between Dr. Nikoli Attai, Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University; and Dr. Cornel Grey, Assistant Professor, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, University of Western Ontario.
About The Book
Defiant Bodies: Making Queer Community in the Anglophone Caribbean problematizes the neocolonial and homoimperial nature of queer human rights activism in in four Anglophone Caribbean nations — Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago — and thinks critically about the limits of human rights as a tool for seeking queer liberation. It also offers critical insight into the ways that queer people negotiate, resist, and disrupt homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination by mobilizing “on the ground” and creating transgressive communities within the region.
About The Author
Dr. Nikoli Attai is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, focusing on Black queer and feminist studies. Alongside his teaching, he also collaborates with LGBTIQ+ communities in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados and Guyana, and with members of Toronto’s LGBTIQ+ diaspora communities. In Trinidad and Tobago, he is currently assisting community archivists and leaders to curate a digital archive of approximately 5000 items collected within their communities over the past thirty years.
Co-sponsored by the Women & Gender Studies Insitute and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto.