Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM at the University of Edinburgh – 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH.
How might we theorise and practice Black feminism and womanism in Europe today? This is a provocative question as women of colour and their politics are too often erased from or misrecognised in the European imagination. Constructed as alien Others, women of colour exist in a contradictory state of invisibility—they are assumed to be absent from and irrelevant to European societies—or hypervisibility—they are presumed to be oppressed and passive and/or highly sexualised, angry and irrational. Across the political spectrum among ostensible allies, women of colour must struggle against their erasure and the debilitating constructions of themselves that disappear or delegimitise their politics, interests and activisms. Furthermore, women of colour in Europe must negotiate the dominant discourses of racial, gender and intersectional politics of North American Black feminists and womanists that make it difficult to name and take action on their particular racialised, gendered and classed experiences in a European context.
Keynote Speaker: Cecile Emeke