For those of you following my yoga equity work, I have been featured in an article on Yoga International about the Accessible Yoga Conference coming to Toronto June 22 – 24. Thank you Kathleen Kraft for this piece. Check it out:
“At the Toronto conference, classes will be offered in inclusive chair yoga, yoga for large bodies, pranayama for diverse populations, feminist yoga and the ethics of care, developmental movement, yoga for underserved seniors, living and teaching yoga with mental health challenges, best practices in therapeutic yoga, yoga for the special child, working with cancer patients, yoga for stress-related illnesses, yoga service and social justice, yoga for PTSD, building a sustainable practice, and consent and gender in yoga.
One of the presenters, Tobias Wiggins, will be covering the “hot” topic of consent in yoga. ‘The topic of consent has risen to the forefront in mainstream media of late, but what larger dialogues sometimes overlook is how consent (or the lack of it) is a part of the subtle fabric of everyday life,’ Wiggins says. ‘In yoga class, this often manifests in adjustments or touch without established consent, a dynamic that is compounded further by the gender identity of students and instructors. I love that the AYC is taking steps to expand [the conversation] about accessibility to [also address] social issues—like race, gender, class, and sexuality—these are topics that have a huge impact on our yoga practice and overall health.'”
read the full article
I’m excited to announce that on May 15th, I will be giving a workshop on Everyday Racism and White Allyship for the Ecumenical Campus Chaplains Gathering. The event will be held May 14-17 at Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre.
I provide workshops on racism and white allyship through my social justice consultation.
If you are interested in having me come teach or give a talk, please be in touch.
RACISM AND WHITE ALLYSHIP
This workshop will provide a robust introduction to topics of racism and white privilege, primarily in their more subtle and institutionalized forms. We explore key terminology, including the normalization of racism, intersectionality, and the invisibilization of white privilege. Together, we will work towards a better understanding of the “everydayness” of racism. This session provides key tools for deconstructing individual and institutional privilege, as well as strategies for effective allyship.
The Summer Institute for Sexuality Studies was a project three years in the making, spearheaded by myself and another graduate student at York University. We came to the idea after attending a summer institute in Europe, and wanting to bring something similar that focused on interdiciplianry, intersectional conversations around a single scholarly topic. “Perversion” was our primary query, and we chose three locations that were not often in conversation as our lense: critical race theory, psychoanalysis, and queer theory. Our invited lecturers – David Eng, Trish Salah, Amber Jamilla Musser, and Aparna Mishra Tarc – gave incredible talks and master classes. The students selected for the institute were very engaged and their scholarship was compelling. Many connections were made, many new ideas inspired. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this a success, espcially Daria Davydova, Alison Crosby, Allyson Mitchell, Ena Dua, and Julia Pyryeskina.
Disruptive Erotics in Psychoanalytic Time
Ryerson University Toronto, Saturday May 27th from 2:30 – 3:45
Chair: Tobias B. D. Wiggins
Psychoanalysis has been widely critiqued for developmental rigidity, yet it provides surprisingly rich frameworks for queering normative chronologies. The timelessness of the Freudian drives, repetitions as a form of unconscious memory, the psychical remnants of childhood, uncanny encounters, the “après-coup” of trauma, lingering perversities, and the intermediacy of ambivalence, all disrupt knowable and reliable futurities. This proposed panel will thus employ a variety of psychoanalytic theory—including Freudian, Lacanian, Kleinian thought—to consider novel queer forms of disruptive erotics in psychoanalytic time. Drawing from diverse locations in sex studies, such as pornography, psychodynamic practice, anti-colonial sci-fi narratives, sex work/sexual labour, the “transsexual pervert,” and the corporeal, we collectively consider what psychoanalysis can teach us about sex, temporality, and love. The panelists approach these topics beyond a monolithic academic standpoint—many of them are community-based scholars, clinicians, and activists, particularly in the field of mental health. Combining clinical experience with scholarly work allows for a unique perspective that reaches beyond the theoretical, and should be a valuable contribution to the SSA’s annual meeting at this year’s Congress.
Psychoanalysis and the Transsexual Pervert’s Queer Time
Tobias B. D. Wiggins
“Ties of Blood and Water”: Race, Sex, and Reparation in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”
David K. Seitz
Perverse Speech in Talk Therapy School
for more information on Congress 2017, http://www.congress2017.ca