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Keynote Speakers

This fall, we will be joined by esteemed keynote speakers: Glen Coulthard, Heidi Safia Mirza, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, and Vanessa Andreotti. These four scholars bring rich experience across various contexts, lived experiences and disciplines, and we are thrilled for them to join us to share their work around anti-racism and decolonization.

Glen Coulthard

Nelson Maldonado-Torres

Nelson Maldonado-Torres is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, Professor Extraordinarious at the University of South Africa, and Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. A former President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, he co-chairs the Frantz Fanon Foundation with its founder, Mireille Fanon Mendès France. Recent publications include the co-edited book Decolonial Feminism in Abya Yala: Caribbean, Meso, and South-American Contributions and Challenges (2022), the co-edited special issue “Fanon, Southern Theory, and Psychoanalysis: Dialogues on Race, Gender, and Sexuality” in Studies in Gender and Sexuality(Fall 2021), the prologue “Decolonial Psychology as a Counter-Catastrophic Science” in Decoloniality and Epistemic Justice in Contemporary Community Psychology (2021), and the article “What is Decolonial Critique?” in the Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal (2020). In 2022, his essay “On the Coloniality of Being” was translated into Portuguese and published in a book format as Sobre a colonialidade do ser, trans. Marco Casanova, Via Verita, 2022. His essay “Decolonization,” published in Future Theory: A Handbook of Critical Concepts (2021) has been recently translated to Arabic and will be published in the journal Muntada Alminhaj

Heidi Safia Mirza

Heidi Safia Mirza is Emeritus Professor of Equality Studies in Education at UCL Institute of Education and Visiting Professor of Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmith’s College and Race Policy at LSE. Heidi is a daughter of the Windrush generation from Trinidad and one of the first and few female professors of colour Britain. She is author of several best-selling books including Black British Feminism and Young, Female and Black which was voted in the top 40 most influential educational studies in Britain. She is a leading voice in decolonising the curriculum and co-editor of Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, whiteness and decolonising the academy. She currently leads the IFS Deaton Race and Ethnicity Inequalities Review which includes the impact of COVID-19 on Black and minority ethnic communities.


Vanessa Andreotti

Vanessa Andreotti is the Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. She is a former Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change and a former David Lam Chair in Critical Multicultural Education. Vanessa has worked extensively across sectors internationally in areas of education related to global justice, global citizenship, critical literacies, Indigenous knowledge systems and the climate and nature emergency. Vanessa is the author of Hospicing Modernity: Facing humanity's wrongs and the implications for social activism and one of the founders of the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures Arts/Research Collective.


Glen Coulthard is Yellowknives Dene and an associate professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014), winner of the 2016 Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Frantz Fanon Award for Outstanding Book, the Canadian Political Science Association’s CB Macpherson Award for Best Book in Political Theory, published in English or French, in 2014/2015, and the Rik Davidson Studies in Political Economy Award for Best Book in 2016. 

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