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Confronting the Carceral State: Autonomy, Community and Liberation


• November 22-23, 2019 • Nova Scotia •

Chebucto Family Centre, 3 Sylvia Avenue, Spryfield, NS

Keynotes: Dr. OmiSoore Dryden; Meaghan Thumath RN PhD(c)

Childcare provided.

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Dr. OmiSoore Dryden

Dr. Dryden is the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies in the Faculty of Medicine and an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. Dryden is an interdisciplinary scholar whose scholarship and research is situated in Black Canadian Thought, specifically Black queer diasporic analytics. She is a Researcher-In-Residence and a member of the African, Caribbean, and Black Program Science Scholars Lab, at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. Dryden is also a member of the Black Feminist Health Science Studies International Research Group. Dr. Dryden is the co-editor of Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging (UBC Press) and has published a number of peer-reviewed papers.

Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, research interests focus on the experiences Black people (women, men, girls, boys, LGBTQ folks) have within medical and health systems. Recently, Dryden examines the symbolics of blood and the “social life” of blood donation. Engaging with Black queer diasporic analytics, health and medical humanities, and Black feminist science studies, Dryden’s research interrogates the narratives about life, health, illness, and belonging that are embedded in the systems and tools of blood donation, including screening questionnaires. Dryden is the Principal Investigator of a two-year research project that seeks to identify the barriers African/Black gay, bisexual, and trans men encounter to donating blood in Canada. Funded by the Canadian Blood Services’ MSM Research Grant Program, #GotBlood2Give / #DuSangeÀDonner analyzes how anti-black racism, colonialism, and sexual exceptionalism shapes the blood system in Canada.

Meaghan Thumath RN PhD(c)

A global health nurse and policy maker, Meaghan is a Trudeau Scholar at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence Based Intervention (CEBI) researching the impact of drug policy and child welfare systems on maternal mortality.

For over a decade Meaghan has provided technical assistance to international organizations such as WHO, UNDP, UNAIDS, the World Bank and the Global Fund to End AIDS, TB and Malaria supporting access to healthcare for sex workers, LGBTQ and people who use drugs in Central Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, West and Central Africa and the Middle East and North Africa. In Canada, she has served as the Chief of Staff (Senior MA) to the Minister of Mental Health and Addiction, as clinical coordinator of North America’s first supervision injection facility, Insite, and as a Street Nurse and Senior Practice Leader at the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Meaghan’s academic interests include health systems, gender equity and access to health care for marginalized populations. She is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Nursing and holds clinician scientist affiliations with the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity. She holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and is a registered nurse with advanced practice certification in sexual and reproductive health, HIV and addiction medicine.