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OCAD, 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Room 284

Origin and end-point become difficult to distinguish for queer and trans migrants. When the passage is from the Global South to the Global North, it becomes clear that the 5 decades since the riots of Stonewall Inn are a fraction of the larger story. A Transfeminist Critique of Gender in the Global South: Two Cinematic Instances from the Philippines is a commentary on the current discourse in gender studies in the region through a comparison of the work of digital filmmakers from the Philippines. Steps into Fire is a performance exploring the colonial gaze: looking/being looked at, veiling/unveiling and hyper (in)visibility. Homonationalism & Queer of Colour Cultural Representation in Post-Referendum Québec discusses two films from the turn of the century towards a critique of homonationalist politics in a Quebecois context.

A Transfeminist Critique of Gender in the Global South: Two Cinematic Instances from the Philippines
Jaya Jacobo is Assistant Professor at the Department of Filipino, School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University where she teaches literature, popular culture, and gender studies.

Steps into Fire
Yara El Safi is a Queer, Muslim, Neurodivergent Lebanese immigrant visual artist and burlesque performer, who completed her BFA Honours and minor in Women’s Studies at Western University.

Homonationalism & Queer of Colour Cultural Representation in Post-Referendum Québec 
Gregorio Pablo Rodríguez-Arbolay Jr. is a historian and cultural critic originating from the Bronx, New York, and is currently a PhD student in the Humanities program at Concordia University.


4:00pm – 6:00pm
OCAD, 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Room 284

How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don’t exist? Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small, dynamic sect to be blasphemous. From her parents, she internalized the lesson that revealing her identity could put her in grave danger. When her family came to Canada as refugees, Samra encountered a whole new host of challenges: bullies, racism, the threat of poverty, and an arranged marriage. Backed into a corner, her need for a safe space–in which to grow and nurture her creative, feminist spirit–became dire. The men in her life wanted to police her, the women in her life had only shown her the example of pious obedience, and her body was a problem to be solved. Moderated by Laila Malik, join Habib for a reading from her triumphant new memoir We Have Always Been Here.

Samra Habib is a writer, photographer, and activist. As a journalist she’s covered topics ranging from fashion trends and Muslim dating apps to the rise of Islamophobia in the US. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Advocate, and her photo project, “Just Me and Allah,” has been featured in Nylon, i-D, Vanity Fair Italia, Vice, and The Washington Post. She works with LGBTQ organizations internationally, raising awareness of issues that impact queer Muslims around the world. We Have Always Been Here is her first book.

Laila Malik is a diasporic desi writer in Adobigok, the traditional territory of the Wendat, Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Métis, and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Her poetry, essays and short fiction have been published in Contemporary Verse 2, Canthius, The New Quarterly, The Feminist Wire, Sukoon (Arab arts and literature), Ricepaper magazine, FOLD Festival of Literary Diversity and QWERTY (forthcoming). She is working on her first poetry collection, an exploration of love, bereavement and inter-generational migration across colonizations.


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Ontario College of Art & Design University, 100 McCaul St, Toronto, M5T 1W1, Room 284

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