Creating or conjuring? Junior scholars Emmanuelle Andrews and Katrina Sellinger were inspired by a public dialogue on the work of words between poet Dionne Brand and critic Christina Sharpe moderated by writer David Chariandy. Emmanuelle and Katrina co-edited a special issue of The Capilano Review extending that conversation on Blackness through their curation of essays, interviews, poetry, sculpture, and tattoo art. PhDiva Xine talks to these up-and-coming scholars at UBC about Black love, mentorship, Canadian and English moral exceptionalisms about race, and how people create but do not think of themselves as creators.
The Capilano Review 3.34 (physical or digital copies available): thecapilanoreview.com/featured/
Emmanuelle Andrews (@Elle_Drews) co-directed the short film Coming to Love. Her MA thesis in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice (UBC) is entitled “Reading the Threat, Imagining Otherwise: Notting Hill Carnival, the London Riots and a Global Issue of Blackness.”
Katrina Sellinger (@space_femme) is working on diasporic Black queerness through studies of Janelle Monae and the film Moonlight. She is completing her MA in English (UBC) and will be starting her PhD at McMaster University.