Dr. Agnes Calliste African Heritage Lecture: Dr. George J. Sefa Dei: Black Like Me: Reframing Blackness for Decolonial Politics

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Thursday, 28 February, 2019 - 7:00 PM
Schwartz Auditorium; St. Francis Xavier University
Organized By: St. Francis Xavier Department of Sociology

The STFX Dept. of Sociology is excited to announce the ninth annual Dr. Agnes Calliste African Heritage Lecture in Schwartz Auditorium on Thursday, February, 28th, 2019 at 7pm. A pre-lecture reception will take place in McNeil Gallery, located in Schwartz 201 from 5:30-6:30pm.


Prof. Dei’s professional and academic work has led to many Canadian and international speaking invitations in the U.S., Europe and Africa. Currently, he is a professor of social justice education and Director of the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.


He is the 2015, 2016 and 2018 Carnegie African Diasporan Fellow. In August 2012, he also received the honorary title of ‘Professor Extraordinarire’ from the University of South Africa. In 2017, he was elected as Fellow of Royal Society of Canada, the most prestigious award for an academic scholar in Canada. He also received the ‘2016 Whitworth Award for Educational Research’ from the Canadian Education Association awarded to the Canadian scholar whose research and scholarship have helped shaped Canadian national educational policy and practice.


He has authored, edited and co-edited over 35 books. He also has over 75 book chapters and 70 refereed journal articles to his credit.


Finally, in June 2007, Professor Dei was installed as a traditional chief in Ghana, where he was born, specifically, as the Gyaasehene of the town of Asokore, Koforidua in the New Juaben Traditional Area of Ghana. His stool name is Nana Adusei Sefa Tweneboah.


Dr. Dei’s address engages a [re]theorization of Blackness and Black solidarities from the vantage point as a Black/African scholar with a politics to affirm Black subjectivity and Indigeneity in a diasporic context.


The lecture is organized by the Department of Sociology, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia in honour of the legacy of Dr. Agnes Calliste. As noted in the Canadian Sociological Association's 'In Memoriam' following her death Fall 2018: "[Dr. Calliste's] scholarship focused on the complex interrelation of work, race, ethnicity and gender in Canada. Her ground-breaking research with African-Canadian railway porters and Caribbean-Canadian nurses explored previously unexamined dimensions of our social history. Dr. Calliste studied not only the institutionalized oppression of such communities, but also their organized resistance." (http://www.csa-scs.ca/files/webapps/csapress/cear/2018/09/12/in-memoriam-dr-agnes-calliste/)


The lecture will be livestreamed and can be accessed via the following link:


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