Plug In ICA’s Book Shop is pleased to host ARP Books for:

A public discussion with BlackLife authors Rinaldo Walcott & Idil Abdillahi

November 11, 2019 | 6:30pm

Plug In ICA, 1-460 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 0E8


Plug In ICA is pleased to host ARP Books for the presentation of a public discussion between BlackLife authors Rinaldo Walcott and Idil Abdillahi at Plug In ICA on Monday November 11th, 6:30pm. Encompassing various roles as theorists, activists, cultural critics and scholars, Walcott and Abdillahi will discuss themes from their recent ARP release, BlackLife: Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom. Books will be available at a discounted launch rate. A free event with bar and refreshments.

From Philip Dwight Morgan’s recent review: “Each chapter of BlackLife carefully weaves together analyses of history, philosophy, policy, art, and activism to create a fuller picture of Black Canadian existence. […] Central to Walcott and Abdillahi’s work is the argument that modernity, ripe with its assertions about what constitutes humanity and humanness, has never considered Black as human. Our existing narratives about Canada – which range from the myth of European colonizers “discovering the new world” to the contemporary notion of Canada as a multicultural utopia – are unified through their refusal to accept BlackLife as a central part of Canadian identity. In this context, Blackness is treated as either non-existent or incidental to the formation of Canada. […BlackLife] skillfully moves across disciplines and geographies to show that BlackLife in Canada is both local and global, historical and contemporary.” —Philip Dwight Morgan, Briarpatch


Professor Rinaldo Walcott is the Director of the Women & Gender Studies Institute. Rinaldo’s research is founded in a philosophical orientation that is concerned with the ways in which coloniality shapes human relations across social and cultural time and focuses on Black cultural politics; histories of colonialism in the Americas, multiculturalism, citizenship, and diaspora; gender and sexuality; and social, cultural and public policy.

Idil Abdillahi is an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University’s School of Social Work. Her work focuses on anti-black racism, black feminist thought, and anti-racism praxis.