Upcoming Speaking Events

scholarly talks 2020:

Keynote lecture with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism’s (CIARS) 2020 Decolonizing Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, November 4-6.

“Collectivized responsibility: On state violence, Black life, and imagining otherwise.” Keynote Address. National Conference on Critical Perspectives in Criminology and Social Justice (NCCP), Quebec City, QC, June 18-19.

Keynote lecture. Society for Socialist Studies. Congress for the Social Sciences and the Humanities, Western University, London, ON, June 1.

Invited panelist. Imperial Intimacies: a Conference on Hazel Carby at Yale University.Yale University, New Haven, CT. April 24-25.

The Shirley E. Greenberg Speaker Series,University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, March 26.

Keynote Address. Labour and the Canadian Carceral State. Brock University, ON, March 14–15. 

“Policing Black Lives”, Birbeck, University of London, Centre for Research on Race and Law, London, UK. March 6. 

“Black liberation and the climate crisis.” Dr. Agnes Calliste African Heritage Lecture, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, February 6.

“Beyond inclusion: Black liberation otherwise.” Invited speaker. Ottawa, ON. Algonquin College. February 5. 

community lectures 2020;

“Afrofuturism and the Black radical tradition”, Alterworlds: Black Utopia and the Age of Acceleration, New York Lives Arts,  New York, May 16. 

“NoirEs sour surveillances”, Festival Atlantides, Nantes, France, March 7, 8.

“Policing Black Lives: Lecture with author Robyn Maynard”, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, NWT, January 17.


2018-2019 (selected)

January 10, Toronto, ON – An evening with author Robyn Maynard (SOLD OUT), A Different Booklist

January 24, Fredericton, NB – Keynote, President’s Speakers Series, Mount Allison

February 8, Hamilton, ON – “Blackness in Academia”,  Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion

February 21, Montreal, QC –  Black History Month, Keynote speaker, Concordia University

February 22, Montreal, QC – Mois d’histoire noire, panelist

March 8, Abbotsford,  BC – University of the Fraser Valley

March 10, Vancouver, BC – Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival, Panelist

March 12, Vancouver, BC –  “Abolition, the law, and Black liberation”.Keynote. Centre for Feminist Legal Studies Lecture, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

April 14, New York, NY – Invited lecture,  “Resisting Gendered State Violence Across Turtle Island: Cross-Border Solidarity Against Anti-Blackness, a conversation with Robyn Maynard“, Barnard College






Angela Davis in Conversation with Robyn Maynard, Host and Facilitator, September 12, 2017, Montreal QC

Invisible No More Conference, Panel participant, Robyn Maynard, Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, Reina Gosset and Mariame Kaba, November 4, 2017, New York City

Causerie publique avec Albert Woodfox et Robert King des Angola 3, Host and Facilitator, March 17, 2017

The Violence of Detention: Borders, Security, and the Search For Refugee Simon Fraser University – Vancouver, BC.  March 31, 2017.

Canada’s Drug Future’s Forum, Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation – Ottawa, ON. April 3 – 5, 2017

Presentation, “Fearing the Black Body: A Panel Discussion on Gender, Violence, Misrepresentation and Resistance” at Concordia University, February 2017.

Guest lecturer, “Black women and State Violence”, in introduction to the African Diaspora at University of Illinois, Prof. Erik McDuffie, Fall 2016.

Keynote Presentation, “All Hands on Deck : a conversation between #Blacklivesmatter activist and artist Damon Davis and Robyn Maynard”  Culture Shock 2016, in collaboration with Howl Arts Collective, co-presented by CKUT 90.3FM.

12th edition HTMlles Festival :Feminist Festival of Digital Arts and Media Culture –   Terms of Privacy: Intimacies, Exposures and Exceptions, McGill University
Presentation:  misogynoir and the hyper(in)visibility of black sexual labor (info here)

UN Working Group on People of African Descent – Presentation by Robyn Maynard on racial profiling and the criminal justice system.

Sick in the City: The streets as disease and as cure.  University of the Streets, featuring McGill epidemiology professor emeritus Abby Lippman, physician Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay activist and educator Robyn Maynard. (October 2016)

Panel Discussion: Organizing Around Anti-Black Racism, featuring Robyn Maynard (Montreal Noir), Leroi Newbold (Black Lives Matter – Toronto) and RJ Pate (Black lives matter – Ottawa), September, 2016

Training: Anti-racist street-based outreach, Indigenous and Two Spirit Women’s Harm Reduction Collective, Summer 2016.

Invited speaker: Black Lives Matter solidarity demonstration, March 2016.

Guest lecturer: Critical Race Feminism at McGill University, Winter 2016.

Panel participant: Black History Month Panel: Do All Lives Matter?  at Dawson College, Feb. 22nd 2016.

Panel participant on Harm Reduction in Canada: Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy – McGill University, March 2016.


Keynote panelist:  Qouleur 2015.    Two-Spirited activists and LGBTTQ activists of colour discuss the role of emotions in their social justice work and in the broader communities to which they claim belonging.  Mai Gallery, August 17th, 2015.

Panel ModeratorPrisons, Policing, and Identities.   Study in Action! at Concordia University.  Sunday, March 22nd, 2015.

Workshop:  Fighting Back!  Violence Against Racialized Sex Workers, at INCITE! Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities.  Color of Violence.  Chicago, IL, March 26-29th, 2015.

Closing Speaker:  “Unwanted Populations:  What can we do when the law is only used to hurt?”, Law Faculty of McGill University, 2015.

Panelist:  “Advocacy Journalism”, McGill University, 2015.

Panelist:  “Carceral Feminism/10 months in an immigration jail”, QPIRG Concordia, Month Against Prisons, 2015.

Panelist:  “Perspectives on Racism, Colonialism, and Police Violence”.   Concordia University, 2014.

Training:  “Sex work and gendered violence: realities” (Stella)  Volunteers for Sexual Assault Centre of McGill’s Student Society (SACOMMS), 2014.

Training:  “Realities of violence against women in the sex industry, and how to support survivors of violence” (Stella).  Co-presented with Anita Schoepp at Native Friendship Centre, for health service providers and outreach workers in Downtown Montreal, 2014.

Presentation:  “Sex work and the law”  (Stella).  McGill University, McGill Community Engagement Day, 2014.

Presentation:  Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights at Parliament Hill on Bill C-36, 2014.

Presentation:  “STI Prevention in a Prison Context; Stella’s perpsective”.  2nd Annual HIV/AIDS: Impacts on Individuals, Families and Communities Conference.  Co-presented with Anita Schoepp, 2014.

Consultation:  “Realities of sex workers, disctinction between sex work and human trafficking” (Stella).   Canadian Women’s Foundation Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada, 2014.

Panelist:  “The Other Abolitionists”.  15th International Conference on Penal Abolition, Ottawa, 2014.

Panelist: “Prostitution Laws:  Whats After Decriminalization”.  Concordia University.  With Terri-Jean Bedford, Sarah Mah, 2014.

Panelist:  “Sex Work After Bedford: Legal Reform in Canada”, University of Ottawa and Carleton.  With Catheline Healey (New Zealand Prostitute’s Collective) and Valerie Scott (Sex Professionals of Canada), 2014.

Presentation:  Myths and Realities on Sex Trafficking and Sex work.  Mcgill United Nations Women’s Working Group, 2014.

Invited Speaker:  HIV/AIDS Course, Concordia University, 2014.


Speaker: Montreal Book Launch of Harsha Walia’s Border Imperialism, 2013.

Invited Speaker, Social Science Festival, Vanier College, 2013.

Featured interview, Twice Removed:  Double Punishment and Racial Profiling in Canada, Documentary by Lillian Boctor, 2013.


“Sex Workers and Policing,” Workshop, International Copwatching Conference, Winnipeg, 2011.

“Immigration, Racial Profiling, and the Police”, Workshop, International Copwatching Conference, Winnipeg, 2011.


Co-organized Forum Against Police Violence and Impunity, Facilitated workshop “At Risk” Youth: At risk from whom? Police profiling of street youth and youth of colour” 2010.

Animated “Know your rights” workshops for racialized youth at numerous community centers around NDG burrough, 2010.

Presented to the Quebec Human Rights Commission on Racial Profiling, 2010.

Presentation at the 9th Annual Critical Race and Anti-Colonial Studies Conference, organized by the Researchers and Academics  of Colour For Equality (R.A.C.E.) network, June 2009.

Feminist Responses to the Bouchard-Taylor Commission – Symposium at McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women with co-panelists Alia Al-Saji, McGill University; Nancy Burrows, Fédération des femmes du Québec; Emilie Connolly and Robyn Maynard, Accommodate This!; Samaa Elibyari, Canadian Council of Muslim Women; Louise Langevin, Université Laval; Gada Mahrouse, Concordia University; Tess Tesalona, Immigrant Workers Center; and Daniel Weinstock, Université de Montréal. 2008.


CBC News, Montreal police officer charged in fatal shooting of Bony Jean-Pierre in 2016 drug bust, May 24, 2017

The Concordian. The Fight Against Black Gendered Racism in Canada March 7, 2017

CBC News, Montreal police’s mistake in reporting teen’s death racially based, activists say, November 23, 2016.

Black Talk on CKUT Radio, part of CKUT’s all-day Black History Month event by the McGill Black Students Union, February 15, 2016

Before a protest that turned ugly, there was a vigil in Montreal for a teen held by killer cops, April 7, 2016

CBC Daybreak;  anti-Black racism in Montreal and the death of Black Haitian man Bony Jean-Pierre, April 7, 2016

Montreal Gazette, Activists groups make demands ahead of Montreal North byelection, April 20, 2016

CBC News, Montreal North mayoral candidates need to address ‘anti-Black racism,’ activists say.   , April 20, 2016

Vice Magazine, Two police shootings, 8 Years Apart, one fed-up Montreal borough April 21, 2016

CJAD with Montreal Noir members, May 3rd, 2016

CBC News, TV, 6’clock news March 2016

Montreal Gazette, Ex-cops dominate new agency that investigates police shootings, June 27, 2016

APTN; New police watchdog in Quebec criticized for lack of diversity , June 20th 2016

CBC News, Quebec’s independent investigation unit called out for lack of diversity, June 28 2016

CBC News, Montrealers gather to mark death of Ottawa man following violent arrest, July 29, 2016

CBC News, Radio noon, on Colin Kaepernick,#KeithLamontScott and anti-Black violence, September 24, 2016


Canada’s New Law is Forcing Onto Streets and Into Harms Way, The Nation, January 2015

Law vs. Lust, Maisonneuve Magazine, September 2015