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Minelle Mahtani

Tricking the Border Guards: How Race is Performed Among Mixed Race Women

Date Recorded: May 16th, 2007
Recorded At: Salon Voltaire, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Recorded By: TV Ontario’s Big Ideas, tvo.org/bigideas
Duration: 30:00  

Topic Background

This edition of Canadian Voices features 2 talks from Salon Voltaire, an intellectual entertainment series held at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel. The second half of the programme features Minelle Mahtani,an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. In her lecture, entitled “Tricking the Border Guards: How Race is Performed Among Mixed Race Women”, she discusses how some mixed race women have responded to- and challenged- people’s assumptions about where they come from, sometimes developing a complex social script to explain who they are and thereby challenging stereotypes .

The talk took place on May 16, 2007, and was first broadcast on TV Ontario’s Big Ideas in November, 2007.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Minelle Mahtani is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. She is a writer, researcher and broadcaster on many aspects of diversity. Her research interests include mixed race identity, media and minority representation, critical journalism, and women of colour in geography. She worked as a national television producer at the CBC’s “The National” and produced news and current affairs items in the CBC’s London and Toronto bureaux while acquiring her PhD in geography at University College London.

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