2020 - Shirley Greenberg Annual Lecture in Women's Studies

Robyn Maynard - Against the carceral state: Making (Black) freedom in a time of crisis and revolt
Thursday, 8 October 2020 - 12:30 pm
Robyn Maynard
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Natacha Lemieux
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Free of charge
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The talk will be in English (with sign language in English and simultaneous translation from English to French) followed by a question period hosted by Nadia Abu-Zahra, Joint Chair in Women's Studies, University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

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This talk centres around the way that Black feminist thought and praxis has informed efforts to defund/dismantle/demilitarize/abolish the carceral state. It further highlights how abolition helps us to breathe new life into a world marked by the simultaneous crises of COVID-19, climate catastrophe, and anti-Black violence.
About Robyn Maynard :
  • Maynard has a long history of involvement in community activism and advocacy.
  • She been a part of grassroots movements against racial profiling, police violence, detention and deportation for over a decade and has an extensive work history in harm reduction-based service provision serving sex workers, drug users, incarcerated women and marginalized youth in Montreal.
  • Robyn Maynard is the author of Policing Black Lives: State violence in Canada from slavery to the present (Fernwood 2017).
  • The book is a CBC national bestseller, currently in its third printing, designated as one of the “best 100 books of 2017” by the Hill Times, listed in The Walrus‘s “best books of 2018”, shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award, the Concordia University First Book Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction, and the winner of the 2017 Annual Errol Morris Book Prize.
  • She is currently a PhD student and Vanier scholar at the University of Toronto and is working toward the completion of a new book manuscript.