About and Upcoming Lectures


Dr. OmiSoore Dryden is named James R Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies
Dalhousie University

JRJ Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, located in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology. 

Dalhousie Medical School welcomes James R Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies

“I’m thrilled to be appointed the new JRJ Chair, and to be given this great opportunity to work closely with African Nova Scotian communities, and my colleagues in Community Health & Epidemiology. I appreciate the trailblazing work of Dr. Cooper and the generous commitments made by the Faculty of Medicine. I’m excited about the many opportunities for university-community engagements and building on, and expanding, the contributions made by Black and African Canadian people in the fields of medical and health studies, research, and education.”

Current Chair: James R Johnston (JRJ) Chair in Black Canadian Studies


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Dr. OmiSoore H. Dryden, PhD is Asst Prof and Chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Thorneloe University. Dryden is an interdisciplinary scholar who 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 is a current member of the Black Feminist Health Science Studies Collective, and lead convener (with Nicole Charles, UTM) of the 2018-2019 Technoscience Salon Series – Black Technoscience “HERE”

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.


Black Health in Canada
Black Feminist/Queer Health Studies
Black Health Equity

Got Blood 2 Give / Du Sang À Donner (research project)
Canadian Blood Services, #EndTheBan, Ally blood donor clinics
Anti-black racism IS a Gay Blood issue, Racism in blood donation
African and Black Blood Bans
Gay Blood activism

Black Queer and Trans Activism in Canada
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Political Activism / Homonationalisms
Pride Toronto



Photo Credit: ohd


U P C O M I N G:


7 March 2019

#BlackGirlMagic: On Disability and Possibility in the Digital Age
-Dr. Moya Bailey
MiST Theatre, 3359 Mississauga Rd
3:30pm – 6:00 pm (includes Reception)


2018-2019 TECHNOSCIENCE SALON – #BlackTechnoscienceHERE

Please check out #BlackTechnoscienceHERE... Have been planning this with Dr. Nicole Charles with assistance from Kristen Bos and Dr. Michelle Murphy



Signifying a simultaneous disruption to and opening up of technoscience, this working group will engage with the rich body of aesthetic, artistic and scholarly work on (anti)blackness, science, technology, material cultures, health, consent and ethics both within North America and throughout the African diaspora to collectively question what it means to activate black technoscience thought “here”, in Toronto, at this moment, within the confines of the neoliberal university.







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