2nd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe
A One-Day symposium | Amsterdam, 7th October 2017
2nd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism, and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe
A One-Day Symposium Saturday, 7th October 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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 3rdApril 2017.
In 2010 the Black Women in Europe™ Blog released its first Power List naming 58 women across Europe in 6 categories. For the past three years the list was called down to highlight 5 women. This year the awardees are in the following categories: Arts, Culture, Entrepreneurship and Politics.
This list, presented in alphabetical order, is intended to acknowledge powerful black women in Europe and to inspire others to reach their full potential.
What constitutes power?
Power is defined as the ability to act or produce an effect.
The Power List does not aim to assess rank but rather to showcase influential women who, in some cases well known and in others, are women who should be known.
Amma Assante, The Arts: UK, Award Winning Filmmaker
BAFTA award winning Writer/Director Amma Asante, a child actor, made the move to screenwriting with development deals from Chrysalis, Channel 4 and the BBC. Two series of the urban drama Brothers and Sisters followed, which Amma wrote and produced for BBC2. Amma’s 2004 feature film, A Way of Life, was her directorial debut (she also wrote the screenplay) and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. The film garnered Amma newcomer nominations from the London Film Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Film Awards, and won Amma 17 international awards for her writing and directing and Newcomer Awards for writing and directing from the BFI London Film Festival and the prestigious South Bank Show Awards, Times Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
At the 2005 BAFTA Film Awards Amma received the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a writer/director in a debut film and on the same night, she scored a double triumph at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury prize for Best Dramatic Feature in World Cinema and the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) prize for Best Feature Film. The release of Belle in 2014 marked Amma’s second feature film, and in 2016 she released A United Kingdom.
Ellen Brudet, Entrepreneurship: The Netherlands, Creator of dolls of color
In her own words:
My name is Ellen Brudet and I’m 49 years young … mother of two beautiful boys (28 and 14) and myself a child of a mixed marriage.
* My father Surinamese and my mother * Dutch . I am a proud Moksi Baby.
When I was a child, around 1966, it was hardly possible to get a puppet with brown-skin. The moment my mother finally found a doll of color I had no interest. Why? Because I was already accustomed to the white dolls, I think. For my mother, of course, this was very annoying and quickly became sad because all she ever wanted was that I could identify myself.
Her own words were, “Every child should have a brown doll”. And I am living her words!
The inspiration for the tours first came not only from the transformative experience I had as a student of the BESS, but also from a void that I encountered regarding positive narratives about the presence and contributions of the African Diaspora in the Netherlands. After sharing my experiences with family and friends, I firmly believed I could contribute my share to the process of unearthing the lives of our hidden histories in Europe and in 2013 Black Heritage Tours in Amsterdam was born. The journey has been nothing short of amazing. We’ve built a sustainable business by collaborating with an awesome team of scholars, historians, public officials, businesses, and heritage tourism professional.
My vision is that through this tour and the tireless work being done by dedicated scholars and activists throughout the Netherlands we will move from silence, shame and blame to when we will speak about ‘Black history’ with pride, and to claim the heritage that is rightfully shared. I have already been confronted with some strong resistance to sharing a ‘different’ perspective about Dutch history, in one instance a ‘Dutch historian’ physically stood in front of me during a ‘pilot tour’ trying to deter me. However, it has been through that ‘rock of resistance’ that has motivated me to ‘sharpen my sword of knowledge’. Thanks to a powerhouse A-Team, my ‘narrative’ is based on sound research and scholarship. This is simply, a perspective whose time is long overdue.
Monique Wells, France: Culture, U.S. Ambassador for the Académie de l’Art Culinaire du Monde Créole, Founder of Entrée to Black Paris™ tours
Monique Y. Wells is a 20-year resident of Paris, France. She is co-owner of Discover Paris! – Personalized Itineraries for Independent Travelers, and is also a freelance travel writer and editor.
Through Discover Paris!, Monique has provided services tailored for the African-American traveler to Paris since 1999. Over the years, she has created Afro-centric itineraries, self-guided African-American history walking tours, a comprehensive Black Paris bus tour, and African-American hosted culinary activities for those wanting an in-depth travel experience in the City of Light. Her book, Paris Reflections: Walks Through African-American Paris (McDonald & Woodward, 2002; co-authored with Christiann Anderson), contains abbreviated versions of the walks that she proposes to Discover Paris! clients. She has provided private, guided tours of African-American Paris for student groups from Syracuse University, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, and other schools.
Monique writes and edits articles on many aspects of life in Paris. Her articles have been published by the International Herald Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, France Today, This City Paris, and other American newspapers, magazines and web publications. One of these articles was published in the anthology France, A Love Story (Seal Press, 2004).
Barnard College, Rice University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas Southern University, and numerous private groups have appreciated Monique’s lecture on “Black Paris and the Myth of a Colorblind France.” In 2011, she was named Black Culture and Heritage VIP in Paris by the online magazine African Diaspora Tourism.
Monique is also the president of Les Amis de Beauford Delaney, a French non-profit association whose goal is to honor painter Beauford Delaney and to educate the public about his life and art.
Let’s use our collective power to make a difference. Join the Black Women in Europe™ Kiva team.
Since 2013 the Black Women in Europe™ Kiva team has grown to 8 members and has provided $250 in loans. Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Our collective efforts will make a difference to an individual, a group, and a community.
Let’s support women. You don’t have to wait to start giving as part of our team. Choose a project and click on the amount you would like to donate. Remember as little as $25 is all that is needed. You’ll be taken to your basket where you can select what lending team your loans should count towards. Beneath the “Count Towards Team” column, you’ll see a drop down box with Black Women in Europe™’s lending team listed. Click that box and select the Black Women in Europe™’s lending team and the loan to will count towards our team.
Now in its 10th year, the overall goal of this intensive two-week course is to examine the contemporary circumstances of the African Diaspora in Europe. We will focus on the historical and colonial legacies of European countries to discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies and legislation today. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Summer School, the 2017 program will also feature special events including an alumni conference and cultural excursions.
This course addresses the dimensions of race and ethnic relations that are unique to Europe, examining the ways in which conceptions of the “other” are institutionalized and reproduced: the rise of xenophobia in various EU countries; issues such as global racisms, everyday racism, and epistemic racism; the legal definitions and discourse surrounding the conceptualized “other”; and the ways in which each country has dealt with issues of race and national identity. Issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality are central analytics, and scholars from the social sciences and humanities and NGOs working against racism and xenophobia in Europe are encouraged to apply.
Ellen Brudet, Gift Maker: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero
Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:
I chose Ellen Brudet to be a Black Women in Europe Blog 10th Anniversary Shero because she creates strong and playful images that reflect what I see in the mirror. She is an entrepreneur graphic designer who was creating cards and logos when I met her what must have been 8 or 9 years ago. She’s even hosted me in Amsterdam and anyone who lovingly gives me a place to rest my head and feed me is very special. I first blogged about Ellen in 2007. She’s also a Shero because she now has an exclusive line of dolls that again, reflect what I see in the mirror. Ellen is also a mother and friend and makes everyone in the black community she inhabits feel a little bit happier when they see her Coloured Goodies creations.
Thank you for making lovely coloured goodies Ellen.
Black Wombman Empowered Health workshop is a well needed space created for like minded sisters to gather together for honest, open dialogue about challenges to health, spirituality, diet and healing that black wombmen face. The space created is for us to share our stories, energies and heal together.
Within this space we will impart knowledge about diet, nutrition, health, spirituality & emotional healing. We will support you to uncover your innate power tools and gifts to suceed in life. To help and improve your relationship with food, family, friends and most importantly with self.
Spirituality is defined as one’s personal relationship with divinity and focuses primarily on ones individual experiences of the transcendent. Health is defined as healing the body, mind and soul from inside out. Spirituality and health are vitally important to the psychological well-being of black wombmen. The two fit like a hand to a glove. In order for the black wombman to rise and reclaim back her leadership role in her community, spirituality and health must be reconnected and become harmonious and balanced within.
Our approach to facilitating the Black Wombman Empowered Health workshop is unique, empathic, holistic, creative and empowering. So book your ticket and be a part of an authentic experience. Come and enjoy soulful connections with like minded sisters as you reclaim your health, spirituality and life. Embrace a new way of being, perceiving and experience greater freedom, joy and well being. Bring along a journal and wear comfortable clothing. We look forward to seeing you there!!
Sylvana Simons was born in Suriname and grew up in Amsterdam. From 1995 to 1999 she presented the radio program Sylvana’s Soul and was dubbed the Dutch Queen of Soul. Sylvana in 2000 began presenting TV programs like RTL Live, TV agency and Dancing with the Stars.
From 1999, she presented her own talk show every Sunday on Radio 538. From 2001 to 2003 every Friday she has her own program Sylvana’s Soul on North Sea FM. From July 2009 to September 2010 she made every weekday program Sylvana’s Choice.
Since September 2011 Sylvana is back on Radio 6 Soul & Jazz! Every Monday (23-1) in Radio 6 Presents: Sylvana Simons brings them the best soul classics, new discoveries and soul homegrown talent!
April 12 event in Amsterdam
April 12 at 7pm
*Rough event translation
Let’s bring back the soul!
Sylvana’s Soul Live is a spectacular, musical talk show where Sylvana Simons receives top musicians and music lovers.
With the arrival of her weekly show TMF Sylvana’s Soul, Sylvana Simons continued in the 90s soul and R & B for good on the Dutch music map. It earned her the nickname “The Dutch Queen of R & B” on.
In a unique live experience down memory lane in the Amsterdam North Sea Jazz Club, she blows from April 12 each year the music, but also the image of that time new life.
Assisted by DJ, band leader and music connoisseur Dillon Lewis, Sylvana receives artists who share their love of music through interviews and live performances and take us to the origins of contemporary black music. Marvin Gaye, Nile Rodgers, Jodeci and Mary J. Blige to Pharrel, Angie Stone and Justin Timberlake. Old soul, funk and disco and through swing beat to the R & B today.
The crowd enjoying a show with live performances and a special soul food menu, and of course we end the evening swinging on the dance floor with DJ Dillon behind the decks!
Line up & special guests T.B.A.
North Sea Jazz Club
1014 DB AMSTERDAM
020 7220 980