Dr. SA Smythe (they / them) is a poet, transdisciplinary artist, translator, and critical theorist committed to black belonging beyond all borders and studying how archives of otherwise possibility come to be narrated, realised, and remembered. Formerly an assistant professor in the Depts. of Gender Studies and African American Studies at UCLA, Smythe joined the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information as Assistant Professor of Black Studies and the Archive in July 2022. They are the editor of Troubling the Grounds: Global Configurations of Blackness, Nativism, and Indigeneity special issue for Postmodern Culture and author of the forthcoming monograph, Where Blackness Meets the Sea: On Crisis, Culture, and the Black Mediterranean and poetry collection, proclivity. Smythe organises with students and other comrades in the broader Cops Off Campus Coalition and other abolitionist and migrant support groups across Turtle Island and in Europe. Their transmedia artwork has been featured in collaborative and solo exhibitions, installations, and festivals. Winner of the 2022 Rome Prize, Smythe is currently based between Rome, Tkaronto, and occupied Tongva land (Los Angeles). They are a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Transgender Studies and serve on the advisory council of the Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2).
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former image: Finnish-Nigerian photographer Uwa Iduozee