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Critical Histories of Blackness in Canada: R v. R.D.S.
This talk will explore R v. RDS twenty years after this landmark legal case in Canada. A number of legal scholars and historians of Black Canadian history and Black Canadian legal history have taken the opportunity presented by this anniversary to reflect upon its multi-faceted legacy. Barrington Walker will reconsider RDS in light of the long legal histories of Black people in Canada, the racial state and more recent histories of racial neoliberalism. The talk will also use this case lens through which to engage a broader conversation about the difficult work of writing critical histories of Blackness in Canada.

For more information about the speaker series, please visit https://studyofcanada.ca/speakers.

Mar 22, 2023 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Barrington Walker
Professor & Senior Advisory: EDI @Wilfrid Laurier University
BARRINGTON WALKER is a professor of History at Wilfrid Laurier University as well as the Senior Advisor, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the Office of the Provost and VP Academic. A historian of Modern Canada, Dr. Walker's work focuses on the histories of Blacks, race immigration and the law.