SSHRC research on global LGBT rights culminates in book

A book launch event marking the release of an anthology co-edited by York University Professor Emerita Nancy Nicol will take place on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights: (Neo)colonialism, Neoliberalism, Resistance and Hope is the outcome of five years of collaboration and research by an international research and participatory documentary project titled Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The project – based in Africa, the Caribbean, India and Canada – was led by Nicol, professor emerita in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, as well as researchers Adrian Jjuuko, Richard Lusimbo, Nick J. Mulé, Susan Ursel, Amar Wahab and Phyllis Waugh. The project was unique, combining research and writing with participatory documentary filmmaking.

The book is the final outcome of the project, and is for activists as well as academics, researchers, and those interested in advancing social justice and rights for LGBTQI+ people. It includes first-hand insights from leading activists at the forefront of some of the most fiercely fought battlegrounds of contemporary sexual politics in India, the Caribbean and Africa.

The book launch takes place at Glad Day Books, 499 Church St., Toronto, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 13. Nicol will be a speaker at the event, which is sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research at York University.

For further details, email Nicol at