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Meet Dr. Nathalie Montlouis – “Ri yo avan yo riw: what a black woman ought to be in the 21st century”

In her own words:

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Nathalie Montlouis





My name is Nathalie Montlouis.  I am from Martinique, a French Caribbean island. I grew up in a rather Afro-centred family who has always encouraged me to voice my opinion and think critically Indeed, I am deeply concerned by female representation in my country and the “decolonolisation of the imagination” within an African Diasporic context. I am also concerned by all types of violence done to women from “domestic” to “symbolic” violence. Growing up, I was very much affected by the colourist atmosphere present on the island where a woman with a lighter skin and wavy hair was considered more beautiful than one with a dark-complexion and “kinky” hair.  I believe that this definition of the beautiful is a direct consequence of the colonial experience. If nowadays physical violence done to non-white people is highly censured, the internalised violence passed on by years of colonial abuse is recognised by neither the victims nor those responsible for it.

I am working closely with empowering organisations such as the Images of Black women film festival, Black History Walks or Zil’Oka, an Afro Caribbean dance group and cultural association. I am the editor for the forthcoming book “Fanm se Chaten, nonm se fouyapen dou: Gender stereotypes within people of the African Diaspora” (Cambridge Scholar Publishing). I am currently organising a talk for Black History Walks on: “Symbolic violence and the Images of Black Women” that is to take place in on the 28th of June. In this talk I emphasise the importance of the content sharing websites in fighting the symbolic violence done to black women.  I am also working on a conference called “Ri yo avan yo riw: what a black woman ought to be in the 21st century” for March 2013. This conference will deal with the identification of the “post-memories” affecting women of African descent and their challenges to enter the “norm”.

I have completed my undergraduate studies in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, however, it is at the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (UAG) in Martinique then at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, that I was really able to translate my interest for gender, identity and culture into an academic form. I have now a PhD in cultural studies focusing on gender construction within counter-cultural communities.

I love to laugh and dance!

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Images of Black Women Film Festival

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27 -29th March 2009
The Tricycle Theatre 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR
Box Office 0207 328 1000 – nearest tube Kilburn on the jubilee line
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Images of Black Women Film Festival unveils our exciting programme for 2009! Back at the Tricycle Theatre for our 5th year, we look forward to welcoming you to our evenings, filled with fantastic films, celebrity Q&As panels, workshops, and great company. Why not buy a festival pass have a great weekend with friends, family, that special person, or come on your own for that one special film you want to see!


Anyone buying a pair of tickets on February 14th could win a belated Valentines treat courtesy of IBW with the cost of your tickets being refunded when you attend the Festival! But you have to be in it to win it!

Book early to get that special rate, and why not find out about our group bookings buy 5 get the sixth one free! To Find Out More Call the Tricycle Box Office Now 0207 328 1000.

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