Black Custody


“Black Custody” moves from the premise that custody of any kind cannot be thought without blackness and indigeneity, related marginalised communities and their creative practices. The seminar (INF3105H – Black Custody) critically engages destructive influences of policing that hold communities and their knowledges “in custody.” Grounded in the transformative poetic and political relationship between definitions of “custody,” we examine the intricacies between custodial systems, networks of guardianship, and resource preservation. Unraveling the complexities and historical contexts inherent in various modes of care work—which is also to say, curation—we will deepen our understanding of the profundity of care, guardianship, and representation in sociocultural and geopolitical spheres.

Note: PhD students only