Winter Updates

This fall I continued my work for the AIDS Activist History Project, primarily indexing the oral history transcripts from Ottawa, Vancouver, and Montreal. This winter I will continue indexing the Halifax and Toronto transcripts. I’ve also continued my “From the Video Vault” series for the project, with short new pieces on Karate Kids (1990), ACT UP/MTL 1990-1993 (1993), The Colour of Immunity (1991) and The Facts on A.I.D.S. (1983). In addition to this online writing, I just submitted the final version of the co-authored piece “‘This Is My Body’: Historical Trauma, Activist Performance, and Embodied Rage” with Alexis Shotwell to a|b Auto/Biography Studies Journal.

For World AIDS Day / Day With(out) Art on December 1st the AIDS Activist History Project co-hosted a screening put together by the folks at Visual AIDS.  We paired the program of new short works by Black American activists/artists provided by Visual AIDS titled ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS with The Colour of Immunity (1991), an early for-and-by Black Canadian HIV prevention tape. The AHHP also produced a blog post foregrounding the work of African, Caribbean, and Black communities in Canada and their struggle against HIV/AIDS as it came up in the oral history interviews we’ve conducted to date.

I’ve joined the programming committee for the Sexuality Studies Association’s annual conference at the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (May 27-29, 2018). Along with helping organize the conference program I hope to be co-presenting a paper reflecting on the last five years of the AIDS Activist History Project with my AAHP colleague Danielle Normandeau.

I’ll be at the Law, Culture, and Humanities annual conference at Georgetown this spring (March 16-17, 2018) with Sheryl Hamilton and Chantal Nadeau presenting our panel “Dirty touch: States, Bodies, and Sensuous Law.”  I’ll be presenting my work on the regulation of sex work and immigration law in Canada. I’ll presenting this work at the Uncommon Senses 2: Art, Technology, Education, Law, Society conference in Montreal later this spring (May 2-5,  2018).

In the mean time I’m still waiting on my Permanent Residency and Banting post-doc applications to wind their way through each system.