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Moska Rokay

Founding Archivist

Moska Rokay is the Founding Archivist, Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA), at the Institute of Islamic Studies (UofT), lauching and establishing the project from 2019-2022. A refugee and settler on Turtle Island, she is actively involved in the Afghan-Canadian diaspora community and is a co-founder of a Canadian non-profit organization called ARCH (Afghans Reviving Culture and Heritage).

Moska’s research interests lie in the interdisciplinary crossroads of archives, critical race and ethnicity studies, media studies, and identity formation in diaspora communities of war and trauma. She is an advocate for community-centered, activist archives and archives of diaspora/migrant communities. In 2020, she was the recipient of the ACA New Professional Award as well as the Archivaria Gordon Dodds Student Paper Prize. She completed her Master of Information at the University of Toronto and defended her MI thesis in 2019.

She is Director Without Portfolio for the Archives Association of Ontario and has guest lectured for a number of courses at the UofT Faculty of Information.

Recent Publications:

Rokay, Moska. “Critical Ethnography As an Archival Tool: A Case Study of the Afghan Diaspora in Canada”. Archivaria 91 (June 2021), 176-201.

Martin, Stefanie, Tamara Rayan, and Moska Rokay (on behalf of the Diversity Working Group). “45 Years Later: The First BIPOC Forum at ACA.” Off the Record, vol. 36, no. 3 (Summer 2020): 16-18.

Rokay, Moska. “Archives of Muslims in Canada: Environmental Scan.” Institute of Islamic Studies Occasional Paper Series Collection 1, no. 2 (2019): 1-20.

The Diversity Working Group (Renee Saucier, Stefanie Martin, Moska Rokay, and Tomoko Shida). “Dismantling White Supremacy in GLAMs and GLAM Education [Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums].” iJournal 4, no. 3 (2019): 11-20.

Moska Rokay
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