We are proud to announce Dr. Funké Aladejebi as our keynote speaker for the inaugural Convergences Conference.

Dr Aladejebi is a professor at the University of Toronto who specializes in Black Canadian history in the twentieth century, Black Canadian women’s history, and transnationalism. Her forthcoming book, Schooling the System: A History of Black Women Teachers, explores the importance of Black Canadian women in sustaining their communities and preserving a distinct Black identity within restrictive gender and racial barriers.  See here for more information.

Keynote Panelists

We are proud to announce our Keynote Round-table Panel featuring Dr. Monica Green, Dr. Kate Brown and President of the Ontario Black History Society, Natasha Henry!

Photo: Annette Hornischer

Monica H. Green is a historian of medicine. Educated at Adelphi University, Metropolitan State College (Denver), Barnard College, and Princeton University, she held a postdoc at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before moving on to employment at Duke University (1987-2001) and then Arizona State University (2001-2019). Now working as an Independent Scholar, Green continues her work on the social and intellectual history of medicine in the High Middle Ages (11th to 13th century), while also pursuing new work that brings scientific findings on the histories of infectious diseases (from genetics and bioarchaeology) into dialogue with traditional historical sources. She is currently working on a book, The Black Death: A Global History, which proposes a redefined conception of the geography and the chronology of the late medieval plague pandemic known as the Black Death. A second book-in-progress focuses on the impact of the medical translations (Arabic-into-Latin) of the merchant-turned-monk, Constantinus Africanus (d. before 1098/99).

Kate Brown is a professor of science, technology, and society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research interests illuminate the point where history, science, technology and bio-politics converge to create large-scale disasters and modernist wastelands. She has written four books about topics ranging from population politics, linguistic mapping, the production of nuclear weapons and concomitant utopian communities, the health and environmental consequences of nuclear fallout from the Chernobyl disaster to narrative innovations of history writing in the 21st century. She is currently exploring the history of what she calls “plant people:” indigenes, peasants and maverick scientists who understood long before others that plants communicate, have sensory capacities, and possess the capacity for memory and intelligence.  She teaches environmental history, Cold War history, and creative non-fiction history writing.

Natasha Henry, a 2018 Vanier Scholar, is currently completing a PhD in History at York University, researching the enslavement of African people in early Ontario. She is the president of the Ontario Black History Society. She is an award-winning author and an award-winning curriculum developer, focusing on Black Canadian experiences. Through her various professional, academic, and community roles, Natasha’s work is grounded in her commitment to research, collect, preserve, and disseminate the histories Black Canadians.