Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy: Teaching, Learning, and Researching while Black

Edited by Awad Ibrahim, Tamari Kitossa, Malinda S. Smith, and Handel Kashope Wright

© 2022

The essays in Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy make visible the submerged stories of Black life in academia. They offer fresh historical, social, and cultural insights into what it means to teach, learn, research, and work while Black.

In daring to shift from margin to centre, the book’s contributors confront two overlapping themes. First, they resist a singular construction of Blackness that masks the nuances and multiplicity of what it means to be and experience the academy as a Black body. Second, they challenge the stubborn durability of anti-Black tropes, the dehumanization of Blackness, persistent deficit ideology, and the tyranny of low expectations that permeate the dominant idea of Blackness in the White colonial imagination.

Operating at the intersections of discourse and experience, contributors reflect on how Blackness shapes academic pathways, ignites complicated and often difficult conversations, and re-imagines Black pasts, presents, and futures. This unique collection contributes to the articulation of more nuanced understandings of the ways in which Blackness is made, unmade, and remade in the academy and the implications for interrelated dynamics across and within post-secondary education, Black communities in Canada, and global Black diasporas.

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This path-breaking collaboration by leading Black scholars examines the complexities of Black life in Canadian post-secondary education.

Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy: Teaching, Learning, and Researching while Black

Edited by Awad Ibrahim, Tamari Kitossa, Malinda S. Smith, and Handel Kashope Wright

© 2022

The essays in Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy make visible the submerged stories of Black life in academia. They offer fresh historical, social, and cultural insights into what it means to teach, learn, research, and work while Black.

In daring to shift from margin to centre, the book’s contributors confront two overlapping themes. First, they resist a singular construction of Blackness that masks the nuances and multiplicity of what it means to be and experience the academy as a Black body. Second, they challenge the stubborn durability of anti-Black tropes, the dehumanization of Blackness, persistent deficit ideology, and the tyranny of low expectations that permeate the dominant idea of Blackness in the White colonial imagination.

Operating at the intersections of discourse and experience, contributors reflect on how Blackness shapes academic pathways, ignites complicated and often difficult conversations, and re-imagines Black pasts, presents, and futures. This unique collection contributes to the articulation of more nuanced understandings of the ways in which Blackness is made, unmade, and remade in the academy and the implications for interrelated dynamics across and within post-secondary education, Black communities in Canada, and global Black diasporas.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Illustrations: 4
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Awad Ibrahim is a professor and Curriculum Theorist in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa.


    Tamari Kitossa is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Brock University.


    Malinda S. Smith is the inaugural Vice-Provost of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary.


    Handel Kashope Wright is the inaugural Senior Advisor to the President on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence, Director of the Centre for Culture, Identity, and Education, and a professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia.

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