OmiSoore H. Dryden, PhD is an interdisciplinary scholar who theorizes blood and examines the culture and politics of blood donation. Dr. Dryden holds a PhD in Social Justice Education from OISE/UT with a graduate certificate in Sexual Diversity Studies from the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.
Dr. Dryden’s research explores how the history of anti-black racism and colonialism frame contemporary cultural understandings of healthy and tainted blood. Blood discourse is integral to the discussion of social justice and education, and Dryden’s work, provides the critical examination, which deepens the interrogations into the relationships between science, health and disease, homophobia and racism in the Canadian context.
Dryden has published in peer-reviewed journals and has an edited collection (with Dr. Suzanne Lenon) titled, Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging (UBC Press, 2015). This collection seeks to apply, extend and think through homonationalism in a Canadian context as it articulates through racialization, settler colonialism and neoliberalism in which contemporary articulations of sexual citizenship are not only complicit with a conservative, neo-liberal Canadian nation, they are also predicated on foundational Canadian national mythologies that inscribe whiteness as the embodiment of legitimate citizenship and belonging. Dryden’s monograph, tentatively titled, Canadian Blood Services, 1998-2015: Black Queer Life and the Narration of the Ideal Donor, is currently in progress. This project centres a Black queer transnational/diasporic analytic through which a diverse set of archives, including the donor questionnaire, are analyzed.
Prior to her PhD studies and subsequent appointment as Assistant Professor, OmiSoore Dryden held a number of positions both inside and outside of the university – each connecting with broader community sectors. Most notable is her work as the Academic Coordinator at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore; her position as a Diversity Advisor, Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities, at the University of British Columbia; and her role as Advisor, Race and Ethnic Relations/Sexual and Gender Diversity at York University.
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March 8 – March 10, 2018