In September 2016 in Edinburgh, we welcomed over 100 activists, practitioners, artists and scholars to critically debate contemporary Black feminist and womanist theories and practices in Europe. Our first event demonstrated the possibilities of building solidarity across race, class, gender, sexuality and legal status. However, the symposium also highlighted the inter-generational tensions between veteran and newer activists and scholars about how to build and sustain inclusive and democratic Black feminist spaces for education and action.
For our second symposium, we seek to expand and deepen our debates about the theory and practice of Black feminism and womanism in Europe but also spotlight the very real conflicts between different types of women who identify as Black feminists and womanists. Our aim is to examine how we might build community, collective strategies for survival and a politics for social justice in an unstable European context wracked by a variety of crises linked to austerity measures, racist and xenophobic public discourses about migration and the rise of far right political parties and groups.
We seek activist narratives, academic papers, practice-based reflections and art/music/film contributions related, but not limited, to:
* Theorising European Black feminism and womanism
* Gendering racial capitalism
* Building Black feminist and womanist activist spaces
* Black feminism and sex work
* Women of colour and the European racial contract
* Developing transnational, intersectional and intergenerational coalitions
* Queering European Black feminism and womanism
* Race, gender and affective relations
* Gendering migration experiences
* Women of colour and digital diasporas
* Black feminism and Black Lives Matter in Europe
* Black feminism and trans* women’s rights
* Women of colour and anti-fascist resistance
Please send titles and abstracts of no more than 300 words, which include your name, affiliation and contact details to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 3rd April 2017.
More info: https://woceuropeconference.wordpress.com/
Akwugo Emejulu, University of Warwick
Marly Pierre-Louis, Tracian Miekle, and Lene Hypolite, Amsterdam Black Women’s Meet-Up www.facebook.com/weouthere