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Available Expert - Black History Month

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Queen’s University professor Vanessa Thompson (Black Studies) is available to talk about Black History Month, taking place during the month of February, and her related research.

Dr. Thompson’s current research focuses on topics including policing blackness in Europe, Black social movements, and transnational solidarities of abolition. In this work, she concentrates on the ways in which Black communities and movements not only resist modalities and systems of policing—urban as well as border policing—but further build prefigurative alternatives and engage in transnational forms of abolitionist solidarity. 

“The uprisings for Black lives in 2020, mainly shaped by Black women and non-binary folks and carried by Black poor people along this spectrum, started in the US after the killing of George Floyd, also remembering Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Tony McDade. But they also had a global impact and dimension, pointing us to the relation between local and global articulations of abolition,” says Dr. Thompson.

“By employing the notion of breathing as method and following Black struggles for life from the urban to the domestic spaces, from the major cities to rural areas, to the shores and the seas, my research engages with the international unfoldings of abolitionist resistances and world making.”

Dr. Thompson is one of seven new faculty members to the Black Studies program at Queen’s University.  

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Victoria Klassen (343-363-1794 or victoria.klassen@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.  

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