A gathering with Rambisayi Marufu (Rambi), Farrah Riley Gray, Naima Johnson, Gelila Negussie, chaired by Dr Akanksha Mehta.
Centring our experiences are conversations about what it means to live as Black womxn, encompassing personal narratives and journeys of healing as well as our trajectories of collective growth. In this conversation, we will be focusing on how we have fostered and nurtured communities and principles of care and mothering amongst each other. We will also be discussing the emotional labour that Black womxn are often expected to perform. In this gathering, we weave together poetry and Black feminist readings with narratives of our relationships with our mothers and of the subsequent work of mothering we do for our inner child and each other. We invite you to a collaborative learning experience of transformation, collective healing, and community care - with a focus on joy. As part of our personal practices in actively ‘decolonising’ academic spaces, we also invite you to join us after our conversation to stay and dance with us in collective protest, unity, and celebration.
Rambisayi Marufu (Rambi) is a holistic healing practitioner, plant mama, and visual anthropologist developing a curatorial practice. Through a Black feminist lens Rambi’s multi-modal collaborative research explores Black womxn’s hair as a site of intersecting structures of power that are always gendered and racialised.
Farrah Riley Gray is a South London based multidisciplinary artist, educator and workshop facilitator. Riley Gray’s practice has a focus on misogynoir and the experiences of Black Womxn. Working through textiles, audio, illustration, and text, she explores how marginalised communities can be given representation in-with art and art spaces.
Naima Johnson is a baker and chef by profession and a cat mother. A self expressed jack of all trades. Johnson co-admins multiple race related safe spaces on social media, advocating and supporting the needs of Black Women in particular.
Gelila Negussie is a Black Feminist writer, anthropologist, curator, pleasure activist, organiser and healer in the making. Currently working towards an MA in Black British Writing, her work lies within the intersection of pleasure, care, diasporic identity and collective healing.
Dr Akanksha Mehta is a lecturer in Gender, Race, and Cultural Studies and the co-director of the Centre for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths, University of London. She can be reached on Twitter at @ajeebaurat
This conversation will be hosted online with Zoom.
Meeting ID: 527 104 8709
We will email ticket holders prior to the event with a password in order to join.
There is a maximum capacity of the Zoom event to 500 people.
A video recording and transcription of the event will be available afterwards on the Centre for Feminist Research website.
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Dates & times
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|14 Aug 2020
|5:00pm - 7:00pm
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