To Exist is to Resist – Call for Submissions

To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe

black feminism

This edited collection will explore how women of colour:

  • Theorize Black feminism and womanism from European perspectives
  • Build and sustain activist spaces for survival and resistance
  • Challenge, subvert and transform socialist, feminist, populist and/or anarchist politics
  • Develop transnational alliances and intersectional and intergenerational coalitions for equality and social justice
  • Engage with creative practice as a means of activism and self-preservation

We have an agreement in principle from Pluto Press to publish this edited collection.

Deadlines

We seek 3,000-5,000 word chapters (including bibliography) in English from activists, practitioners, artists, students, and scholars by Monday, 18th September 2017.

If you’re interested in contributing a chapter, please contact Akwugo Emejulu.


 

Call for Abstracts – 2nd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism, and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe

Women of Colour in Europe

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 woceuropeconference@gmail.com by Monday 3rdApril 2017.

Organising committee

Akwugo Emejulu, University of Warwick

Marly Pierre-Louis, Tracian Miekle, and Lene Hypolite, Amsterdam Black Women’s Meet-Up