EXHIBIT
LAUNCH

FEBRUARY 2, 2022
7 PM

Due to the current pandemic situation, we decided to move this event entirely online.

On ZOOM:

Please register here to join the event online

 

or live on the ETRC Facebook page

The Black history of the Eastern Townships is often glossed over by historians and popular understandings of history alike, and yet the Townships have been an important territory for Black history in the Americas. The ETRC proposes a collection of historical snapshots that shed light on important chapters in the Black history of the region, including slavery, the Underground Railroad, blackface minstrel performances, sports cultures, the jazz scenes of the 1920s and 1950s, changes to the linguistic and cultural demographics of the Black population of the Townships in the 1960s and 1970s, and Black activist movements in the Townships today. 

 

The exhibit will be launched with a presentation by curator Dr. Sunita Nigam. Rather than proposing a definitive or “complete” history, she will present Black Histories in the Eastern Townships as an unfinished work that extends an invitation to viewers to continue to fill in the gaps in the collective memory of Black life in the region. As a “Call for Participation,” this exhibit hopes to plant seeds for future conversations, research, activist interventions, and artistic responses.

About our guest speaker

Dr. Sunita Nigam is a settler academic of mixed Indian, Serbian, Irish, and British ancestry. She grew up on unceded W8benaki territory in the Eastern Townships. She holds a Ph.D. in English from McGill University and completed a 2-year SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theatre & Performance Studies at York University in 2021. Dr. Nigam has published on the racial, gender, and class dimensions of performance in Quebec and Mexico, including stand-up comedy, blackface minstrelsy, burlesque, activist theatre, and urban design campaigns. Beyond her academic work, Sunita works as a consultant in the community sector across Quebec.

 

We would like to thank the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, York University, and the Hemispheric Encounters Project (Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas) for supporting her work on Black Histories in the Eastern Townships.
 

AN ONLINE EXHIBIT

HISTORIES

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DISCOVER
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DANS LES

Cantons-de-l'Est
Eastern Townships

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This project has been made possible through generous funding by

the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) and

the Secretariat for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers (SQREA).

Bishop's University

McGreer Hall - Cleghorn Common Room

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