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Conference Papers


Paper (6 June 2019). “Digital Blackface: Exploring the Boundaries of Meme Culture, Black Women, and Social Media.” Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, Congress, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

Paper (4 June 2019). “Finding Blackface in the Community: The Role of Racialized Performance during Canada’s Modern Period, 1880s to 1930s.” Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Congress, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Keynote (7 December 2018). “Reading Black Canadian Newspapers in the 1970s and 1980s: How Black Beauty Culture Entered Department Stores and Drugstores.” Future of Communication Graduate Conference, Communication & Culture, Ryerson University, Toronto.

Co-Presenter with Lisa Small (10 November 2018). “Intersecting Narratives of Race and Place: Minstrel Shows, Objects, and the Archaeology of Blackness in 19th Century Southern Ontario.” Ontario Archaeological Society Symposium, Connections, and Pathways through the Past, November 9-11, Chatham, Ontario.

Paper (1 October 2018). “Stories of Migration from the Archives.” Integrating Our Voices: Centering Stories of Migration Conference. Newcomer Students’ Association of Ryerson (NSAR), Ryerson University, Toronto.

Paper (18 November 2017). From The Book of Negroes to Uncle Tom’s Cabin: De-mythologizing the Underground Railroad and Canada as a Land of Freedom.” Reckoning with Slavery: New Directions in the History, Memory, Legacy, and Popular Representations of Enslavement. The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York.

Chair and Panelist (2 June 2017). “Commemorating Canada’s Segregated Past: The Media’s Role in Nostalgic Myth-Making.” Canadian Communication Association (CCA) Annual Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto.

Paper and Panelist (29 May 2017). “Neoliberalism and the Media: Toward an Intersectional, Feminist Theory, and Praxis.” The International Communication Association Conference (ICA), Hilton San Diego, San Diego.

Paper (11 March 2016). “Southern Hospitality in Postmodern Food Advertising: The Case of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and the (Re)Turn of Mammy.” Intersections Cross-sections 2016 Graduate Conference, Communication and Culture Program, Ryerson University and York University, Toronto.

Paper (18 April 2014). “From the Barbershop to the Front Page: Canada’s Black Beauty Innovators and the Community Newspapers that Made Them.” Innovation and Its Contestants Emerging Scholars Conference, Department of Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University, Montreal.

Paper (8 November 2013). “Locating Absence, Interpreting Presence in the McCord’s Collections.” Collecting Knowledge: New Dialogues on McCord Museum Collections, McCord Museum, Montreal.

Paper (21 September 2013). “The Flight of the Stakeholder: Encountering Blackface in a Public Archive and Personal Collection.” Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group (EAHR)’s Cultural Convergences I: Testify Conference, Department of Art History, Concordia University, Montreal.

Paper and Panelist (2 November 2012). “Down in Dixie’ in ‘Old Kentucky’: Blackface Minstrelsy and Southern Nostalgia in Nineteenth-Century Montreal.” Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC) Conference, Concordia University, Montreal.

Paper (1 June 2012). “The Rise of Western Beauty Culture, Black Women, and Canada’s Ladies’ Magazine, Chatelaine.” Canadian Communication Association (CCA) Annual Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo, Waterloo.

Paper (9 December 2011). “From Mammy to Oprah: An Historical Analysis of the ‘Fat’ Black Female Body as Cultural Product.” Radical Aesthetics and Politics: Intersections in Music, Art, and Critical Social Theory Conference, Hunter College, New York.

Paper (4 November 2011). “Desiring Through Identification: An Historical Analysis of the Icon Aunt Jemima, and Her Legacy.” Canadian Association of Cultural Studies (CACS) Biennial Conference, McGill University, Montreal.