Isolation and Kinship


Isolation & Kinship

2:00 PM - 3:00pm

What does it mean to name someone a mentor? Across institutions and departments BIPOC scholars and practitioners can experience moments of isolation due to a lack of representation in their discipline. Diverse notions of kinship can offer scholars a network of care from individuals who hold similar cultural positioning or affinities. These mentorship relationships can exist across institutions and disciplines, they are the bond that keep us invested and committed to each other.

casey mecija


Casey Mecija is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. Her current research theorizes sounds made in and beyond Filipinx diaspora to make an argument about a “queer sound” that permeates diasporic sensibilities. Her work suggests that media production enables diasporic people to create forms of belonging that defy racialized ascriptions born from racism, colonialism, and their gendered dimensions. She is also a musician and filmmaker, whose work has received a number of accolades and has been presented internationally.

dina georgis


Dina Georgis is an Associate Professor at the Women & Gender Studies Institute, at the University of Toronto. Her work is situated in the fields of postcolonial and sexuality studies. She draws on psychoanalytic concepts to think through how expressive and political cultures are responses to the affective remains of the past. Her book, The Better Story: Queer Affects from the Middle East is published with SUNY (2013). Georgis teaches in the areas of cultural studies, feminist theory and queer studies.


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