International Women's Week - Black Feminisms: Women, Belonging and the Nation

IWW - Black Feminisms: Women, Belonging and the Nation
Date and time
18 Mar 2017 (10:00am - 5:00pm)

City Centre Campus

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Parkside Lecture Theatre, Room P350

The Black Feminist Group and members of the Black Studies Research Cluster at Birmingham City University are celebrating the activism and creativity of Black women to mark International Women’s Day. 

This one day event is focused on the varied forms of agency that Black women have deployed individually and collectively in the service of personal and collective self-making, creativity and emancipation.

Black women’s creative and rebellious activism - whether in the private sphere of everyday striving and thriving or in more organised mobilisations in the public sphere - has resisted the expectation or demand that we be silent, submissive or compliant in the face of our own diminution, or erasure. In the context of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, we are convening various conversations that position Black women at the centre of ongoing day to day struggles against racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and transphobia.

In focussing on Black women’s creative and rebellious activism this event aims to recognise and celebrate all the arenas and ways in which Black women have creatively struggled for self-representation, power, rights and belonging.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Hazel Carby - Charles C & Dorathea S Dilley Prof African American Studies & American Studies, University of Yale

Professor Joan Anim-Addo - Professor of Caribbean Literature and Culture, Goldsmiths, University of London

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10am - 10.30am Arrival and Registration: Parkside building. Tea and coffee will be available.
10.30am - 11.30am

Welcome and Keynote: Room P350. Professor Joan Anim-Addo.

11.30am - 12.30pm


  • Black Feminisms, Belonging and the Nation: Knowledge and History. Room P131. Esther Stanford, Angelina Osborne and Sonia Davis.
  • Black Feminisms, Belonging, and the Nation: Queering the Nation. Room P132. Kadian Pow and Suriya Roberts-Grey (UNMUTED BRUM).
12.30am - 1.15pm


Outside the lecture theatre.

1.15pm - 2.15pm


  • Black Feminism, Belonging and the Nation: Gender and Justice. Room P131. Paulette Sawyers and Karen Graham.
  • Black Feminism, Belonging and the Nation: Citizenship and Rights. Room P132. Karen Salt, Beth Wangari Kamunge and Azeezat Johnson. 
2.15pm – 3.30pm

Film Screening - Love Doc

Room P350. Screening and Q&A with director Remani Love.

3.30pm - 4.00pm

Link Up and Labrish

Tea and coffee.

4.00pm - 5.00pm

Keynote and Close

Professor Hazel Carby.