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[Jan16] Tell: Making Poetry from Law (at Osgoode)

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Soraya Peerbaye and Sheila Batacharya in conversation with Kate Sutherland

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Monday January 16 2017
Osgoode Hall 4034 (in the Faculty Wing)

In writing the award winning Tell: Poems for a Girlhood, poet Soraya Peerbaye was deeply influenced by legal materials from the trial of the murderers of Reena Virk and the scholarship of Dr. Sheila Batacharya on reading the case through the lenses of race, crime and law.

Join us to hear Soraya Peerbaye and Sheila Batacharya in discussion with Osgoode Professor Kate Sutherland about the story of Reena Virk, the process by which legal materials can be turned into poetry, and the power and potential of this kind of work.

Coffee Tea and Snacks
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Soraya Peerbaye’s most recent collection of poetry, Tell: Poems for a Girlhood (Pedlar Press, 2015), won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English and was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry prize. Her first collection, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane Editions, 2009) was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her poems have appeared in Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Women Poets, and the chapbook anthology Translating Horses, among others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph.

Dr. Sheila Batacharya completed her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. She has taught education, women’s and gender studies, criminology and sociology courses at several colleges and universities in Southern Ontario. Sheila’s research about the murder of Reena Virk includes a published book, co-edited with Dr. Mythili Rajiva, entitled Reena Virk: Critical Perspectives on a Canadian Murder (2010). Her research about embodiment, pedagogy and decolonization includes a forthcoming collection co-edited with Yuk-Lin Renita Wong. Her research in this area is fueled by her experiences teaching yoga and her curiosity and concern with articulating and practicing attunement to social-sentient embodied experiences in formal education and community contexts. At present, Sheila is pursuing TESL Ontario certification to teach English as a second or additional language.

Dr. Kate Sutherland is a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, and a published author and poet.  Her most recent work is How to Draw a Rhinoceros (Book Thug, 2016), and she is the host and producer of the podcast On the Line: Conversations about Poetry.   You can follow her on Twitter: @lawandlit.

CFP: Reflections on The Alchemy of Race and Rights (Deadline October 25)

CALL FOR PAPERS Professor Patricia Williams, author of the 1991 book “Alchemy of Race and Rights: Diary of a Law Professor” (Harvard University Press), will be participating in our Critical Race Symposium at Osgoode Hall Law School on November 2, 2012. This event is organized under the auspices of the Critical Research Laboratory in Law & Society and Law.Arts.Culture, in collaboration with the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies.

We are inviting SHORT REFLECTIONS, REVIEWS and THOUGHT-ESSAYS (ranging from 500 to 5000 words) on Alchemy of Race and Rights, which celebrates its 21st anniversary this year.


We plan to publish these pieces in preparation of the Symposium and Professor Williams’ visit.


In order to arrange for a timely posting of your contributions, please send your submission to osgoodeworkshop@gmail.com no later than October 25, 2012. It would be absolutely fantastic if we could manage to produce and publish essays in honour of this path-breaking scholar and law professor. If you have access to other related scholarly circles, please feel free to share our call for papers.


here is the pdf call, for sharing.