QAHN Heritage Talks Online:
Dr. Sunita Nigam will discuss her experiences searching for archives of Black histories in the Eastern Townships and curating an exhibit (supported by funding from QAHN) on these histories for the Eastern Townships Resource Centre during her time as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellow at York University. This talk will cover some of the complexities of assembling and engaging with
Black archives in the Americas broadly and in the Eastern Townships in particular.
Sunita Nigam holds a Ph.D. in English from McGill University, where she published on the relationship between urban placemaking and cultural performance forms – like blackface minstrelsy, stand-up comedy, burlesque, disco, and Olympic design – in Mexico City, New York, and Montreal. She is also conducting a Black histories project with the Eastern Townships Research Centre that is uncovering important Black histories of the region. Beyond her academic work, Sunita works as a research consultant in the community sector in Quebec.