Keynote Speaker

Keynote.jpgHandel Kashope Wright is orignially from Sierra Leone, West Africa where he did his undergraduate studies (BA Honours in English Language and Literature, University of Sierra Leone) and taught secondary school English Literature before coming to Canada for graduate studies (MA English University of Windsor, MEd Queen’s University and PhD Education, University of Toronto).  Professor Wright has been variously Canada Research Chair of Comparative Cultural Studies and David Lam Chair of Multicultural Education and is currently Professor and Deputy Department Head, Department of Educational Studies and Director of the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education at the University of British Columbia.  Prof. Wright’s teaching includes PhD and Masters courses on Canadian and International Multiculturalism, Qualitative Research, Cultural Studies, and Ethnography.  He is co-editor of the book series African and Diasporic Cultural Studies (University of Toronto Press), Associate Editor of the international media and cultural studies journal, Critical Arts and serves on the editorial board of several cultural studies and education journals including the International Journal of Cultural Studies, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, the Canadian Journal of Education and Postcolonial Studies in Education.  Dr. Wright is the author of A Prescience of African Cultural Studies (Peter Lang Publications, 2004) and has published extensively on continental and diasporic African cultural studies, cultural studies of education, critical multiculturalism, anti-racist education, qualitative research and curriculum theorizing.  His recent co-edited books include Africa, Cultural Studies and Difference (Routledge Press, 2011); Transnationalism and Cultural Studies (Routledge Press, 2012) Precarious International Multicultural Education (Sense Press, 2012) and The Promised Land: History and Historiography of the Black Experience in Chatham-Kent and Beyond (University of Toronto Press, 2014).  His current work is on youth, identity and belonging in (post)multicultural communities in Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland and issues of African and Black identity and identification and includes the following forthcoming books: Black British Columbia: Past and Present (Fernwood Press) and The Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy (University of Toronto Press).