Keynote Speakers

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M. NourbeSe Philip is a renowned poet, critic, intellectual, writer, and lawyer. Born in Tobago, she now lives in Toronto. She has published four books of poetry, Thorns (1980), Salmon Courage (1983), She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks (1988) and Zong! (2008). She has also published a number of essay collections including Frontiers: Essays and Writings on Racism and Culture (1993) and Bla_k (2017). Highlights among her numerous awards include the Casas de las Americas Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and, most recently, the PEN / Nabokov Award for International Literature. Philip has been one of the most important critical voices writing in Canada for more than thirty years.

Katherine McKittrick is a professor of gender studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She is the author of Demonic Grounds and edited and contributed to Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis. Her research is interdisciplinary and attends to the links between theories of liberation, black studies, and cultural production. Her monograph, Dear Science and Other Stories (Duke University Press, in production), is an exploration of black methodologies. She is currently working on two projects: the first, unnamed, attends to questions of extraction in relation to black studies, the physical geographies of the black Atlantic, and black cultural production; the second, Pastel Blue, studies colour, colour theory, image-making, and black creative text. Her research program also attends to the writings of Sylvia Wynter. She co-edit the Duke University Press book series Errantries.

Erin Wunker is a professor of English at Dalhousie University. Her interdisciplinary, public-facing work links Canadian literature and culture with feminist praxis and theory. She is the author of Notes from a Feminist Killjoy (2017) and a co-editor of Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (2018). She is the co-founder of the blog Hook & Eye & the former chair of the board of Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA).