About and Upcoming Lectures

Dr. OmiSoore H. Dryden is the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies (here)  Faculty of Medicine and Associate Professor (here) in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology at Dalhousie 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 (here), and lead convener (with Nicole Charles, UTM) of the 2018-2019 Technoscience Salon Series – Black Technoscience “HERE” (here)

Dr. Dryden became the Co-President of the Black Canadian Studies Association (here) at the 2019 Congress. 

Dr. Dryden
is the Principal Investigator of the research project, #GotBlood2Give / #DuSangÀDonner (here). This project seeks to identify the barriers African/Black gay, bisexual, and trans men encounter when attempting to donating blood in Canada.

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) (here). 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 Canadian Studies in Medicine and Health Studies

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:


30 May 2019

7:00 – 9:30 pm
Anti-Black Racism: Systemic and Institutional Impacts
Panel Discussion and Q&A
St. Francis Centre for community, Arts & Culture
78 Church St. S.
Ajax ON





10 June 2019

7:00 – 9:00 pm
Imagining Black Justice
Mount Saint Vincent University
McCain 105-106











4 thoughts on “About and Upcoming Lectures

  1. I missed your opening plenary. I was at a federal funding launch for the NCC DH in antigonish. Hope to be able to meet tomorrow at the conf. I work for the PHAC in Halifax. Aug 26

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