Brown Bag Lunch, October 25: Blood Again? Homonationalism, Settler Colonialism and Un/Belonging
Brown Bag Lunch, October 25: Blood Again? Homonationalism, Settler Colonialism and Un/Belonging

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Suzanne Lenon
suzanne.lenon@uleth.ca
Women & Gender Studies
October 1, 2012

 
Women Scholars and the Departments of Women & Gender Studies and Sociology invite you to a Brown Bag Lunch:

Speaker: OmiSoore H. Dryden

Canadian Blood Services has come under increasing pressure to modify its donor questionnaire and blood donation policies and practices that currently result in the exclusion of men who have sex with men (and their 'queer' blood). Those engaged in political, legal and social activism to amend, modify or remove the 'queer blood' ban are met with considerable resistance and censure.

In this talk, OmiSoore H. Dryden discusses the Canadian Blood Services' blood donation practices as a contemporary nation-building practice. By foregrounding the blood donor questions, "Were you born or have you lived in Africa since 1977?" and "Have you had sexual contact with anyone who was born in or lived in Africa since 1977?", she examines what type of queer/ed body is signaled in these questions as well as their potential for disrupting the nation and homonationalist queer activism.

OmiSoore is a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology & Equity Studies at OISE/UT and the Collaborative Program in Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto.

Date: Thursday October 25, 2012
Time: 12:15-1:15pm
Location: AH 100 (Andy's Place)

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