Announcing our #CAPAL17 Keynote Speakers!

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the conference organizing committee, I invite you to register for CAPAL17: Foundations & Futures: Critical Reflections on the Pasts, Presents, and Possibilities of Academic Librarianship, the fourth annual conference of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL).

In advance of our conference program, we are excited to announce this year’s keynote speakers, Harsha Walia and Lisa Sloniowski.

Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist formally trained in the law and author of the award-winning book Undoing Border Imperialism. For the past two decades she has been involved in grassroots community organizing including No One Is Illegal, Anti-Capitalist Convergence, Defenders of the Land, and February 14th Women’s Memorial March Committee. Harsha has made numerous presentations on race, gender and poverty to the United Nations and across campuses and media outlets in North America and Europe. She also sits on the editorial boards of Abolition Journal, Radical Desi, and Feminist Wire. Harsha is a recipient of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives Power of Youth Award, Westender’s Best of the City in Activism Award, and been named one of the most influential South Asians in BC by the Vancouver Sun and “one of Canada’s most brilliant and effective organizers” by Naomi Klein. Harsha’s keynote will explore the challenges and possibilities of knowledge structured through the commons. What are the social, economic and political contexts of power and injustice that need to be subverted and transformed in order to ensure just relations with marginalized communities? How can sites and spaces of institutional knowledge act in the service of social movements?

Lisa Sloniowski is an Associate Librarian at York University where she is the liaison to the Department of English Literature. She is also a PhD student in the interdisciplinary Social and Political Thought program at York. Her research interests all relate to different ways of theorizing the contributions of libraries and archives to scholarly and cultural knowledge production from a feminist perspective, and as such her work ranges from examinations of labour issues to the cataloging of special collections to critical information literacy to the so-called semantic web. Lisa recently co-organized a 2 day workshop for academic librarians interested in critical librarianship, co-edited a special issue of Open Shelf on Academic Librarians and the PhD, and is the co-investigator on the SSHRC-funded Feminist Porn Archive and Research Project. In 2016, Lisa won the Library Juice Annual Paper contest for her article “Affective Labour, Resistance, and the Academic Librarian” which was published in the journal Library Trends. She is currently working on her dissertation provisionally entitled “Vexing Collections: Librarians and Disorder” and no, you may not ask how it’s going. Lisa’s keynote is entitled: Affective Resistance and the Academic Librarian

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We look forward to seeing you this spring in Toronto!


Colleen Burgess, Communications Chair