These are Health, not Crime, Stories! Need for Reform in How Canadian Media Report Immigration, Racialization, and Criminalization of HIV
Presentation by Dr. Laura Bisaillon (University of Toronto)
Free lunch will be provided to all participants. While the presentation will be given in English, the discussion will be in English and French. Kindly confirm your presence by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract of Presentation:
36 of 181 who have faced criminal charges for HIV non-disclosure in Canada have been Black immigrant men. Yet, they are disproportionately represented in English-language Canadian mainstream newspaper coverage about such cases.
Dr. Laura Bisaillon and her team reviewed 1,680 articles from 1989 to 2015. While these men account for 15% of defendants, they are the focus of 61% of newspaper coverage. Most people who have faced such charges in Canada are, in fact, White. Because newspapers focus on cases involving Black male defendants, this is not what we, the public, are led to believe. Their report identifies a clear pattern of longterm, chronic racial bias and racism towards Black men in Canadian newspapers.
During the presentation, Dr. Bisaillon will propose several newsroom reforms based on the findings of the report. Click here to access the report ‘Callous, Cold and Deliberately Duplicitous’: Racialization, Immigration and the Representation of HIV Criminalization in Canadian Mainstream Newspapers.
Biography of Speaker:
Dr. Laura Bisaillon is a social scientist, institutional ethnographer, and assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bisaillon's research agenda connects with scholarship on resistance to the state and the politics of knowledge production. She is co-lead of the Im/migration, Mobilities and Circulation Working Group at the University of Toronto. As Visiting Research Fellow at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva this summer, she will complete her monograph, which is an analysis of the Canadian immigration system and medical inadmissibility decision-making about prospective immigrants with HIV. Dr. Bisaillon currently serves on the editorial board of Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees.
Presently, Dr. Bisaillon has two edited collections, currently under review: Political Activist Ethnography: Studies in the Social Relations of Struggle and The Impact of Public Policy on Everyday Life: The Policy Stories That People Tell.