Sovereignty and Inter/dependence

April 20th

Keynote speaker

Annick Maugile Flavien

Where Isolation Urges Our Imaginary

Annick Maugile Flavien is the founding Coordinator, of the Black Perspectives Office and a Co-Chair of the President’s Task Force of Anti-Black Racism at Concordia University. She is a three time graduate of Concordia and has been working on campus for the last ten years, where she participated in many campus communities, research projects and classrooms. In her most recent degree, she explored ways of unpacking the complex racial and lingual dynamics of Montreal with youth, through a research-creation project called Understanding Blackness in Montreal, which led to the intergenerational Mapping Blackness in Montreal project she facilitates. As this project grows she hopes to take it on tour across Canada and foster connections between Black Canadian communities. Outside of the university, Annick is a mama, a caregiver, a radio host, a multidisciplinary maker and community organizer born and based out of Tio’tia:ke (Montreal).


Audrey Arthurs

Concordia University, Art History

Fist High, Kneel Low: Let Unity and Defiance Be Shown

I am Jamaican by birth but have lived in Canada for most of my life. Currently, I am a master’s student in the art history program at Concordia University. My interdisciplinary thesis topic examines performance of gender and sexuality on Wilfred Limonious’s Dancehall vinyl album covers. My academic interests include Transatlantic Slave Studies, Caribbean Art history, Black Diaspora studies and Vinyl Album Art. In the current social and political climate and the media attention on incessant the killing of unarmed Black people, I would like to investigate the resurgence of Black activism, the social movements, systemic racism and Black resistance along with its corresponding artwork.

Olvie Li

University of Victoria, Social Dimensions of Health

Indigenous Youth Speak Up on Sex: The Land and Our Bodies

Olvie is a Womxn of Colour born in Tkaronto, Ontario, into an immigrant family from Hong Kong and grew up in Northern Ontario. She is a Community Health/Public Health/Harm Reduction-Outreach Nurse currently residing in Lekwungen Territories (Victoria, BC). Her masters work focuses on Indigenous youth’s leadership in researching sexual wellness and connections to land-based knowledges. She advocates for youth rights and access to equitable healthcare on Turtle Island.

Devyani Tewari

University of Victoria, Law

Blurred Boundaries of Space: When a Feminist in an Antifeminist Relationship could not Call out ‘Emotional Abuse’

Devyani Tewari is a PhD student at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria. She is an Assistant Professor at Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India. She is a recipient of Chevening Scholarship (2016-17) and pursued her L.L.M. (International Human Rights Law) at London School of Economics and Political Science. She earned her law degree from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India.