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ASL Vlog + Transcript

Updated: Nov 29, 2022

The School of Disability Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University invites you to attend a five-part monthly speaker series hosted by Dr. Idil Abdillahi. This speaker series is titled, “BlackOculars” and it focuses on the experiences of Black women and non-binary people with police violence and surveillance. The series brings together researchers, artists, front-line practitioners, and community members, including Black Deaf researchers, to advance a more interdisciplinary, community-oriented, and historically-grounded understanding of Black women and non-binary people’s experiences with policing and other institutions that function to both surveil and control their lives. The series begins September 22 from 6 to 8 pm and thereafter at the same time every third Thursday of the month until January 19, 2023.

There will be ASL and Deaf interpretation, French interpretation, and live captioning.

(Update: There will be no Deaf interpretation, just English - ASL interpretation, and the transcript will be translated into French after each session and posted along with recordings).

Please contact Apollo Karapapas ( for access inquiries. LSQ interpretation requests need to be made at least 3 weeks before the event. For more information and to register for the event please visit:

The series is supported in part by funding from a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connection Grant, and TMU’s Faculty of Community Services and School of Disability Studies.

Session 1: Policing Ecologies: Lessons from the plantations

Sept 22, 2022 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Session 2: Understanding Black Women and Non-Binary People’s Lives Today

Oct 20, 2022 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Session 3: Race Medicine, Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence

Nov 17, 2022 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Session 4: Transnational Geographies: Gendered Violence and the Movement of Black Women and Non-binary Peoples

Dec 15, 2022 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Session 5: Disabled, Queer Re-mixing: Radical Responses to Surveillance in Education

Jan 19, 2023 6:00 - 8:00 pm

For more information and registration, please visit:

For access inquiries, please contact:

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