Black Feminist Movements Panel

This panel will focus on Black feminism(s), womanism, and the movements of Black women nationally and/or globally. Each scholar will present a short paper followed by Q&A.

Dr Rita Gayle Charting the Millennial Generation of Black British Feminist Creative Collectives 2013-2020
Rita Gayle (she/her) is the Postdoctoral Research Fellow for The Conjunctures Strand of The Stuart Hall Archive Project at the University of Birmingham. She co-founded the research group, Global Black Geographies with Dr Agostinho Pinnock in 2019. Dr Gayle’s presentation will explore the themes of her doctoral thesis, “The Collective Utopia: Black British Feminists’ Creative Escape from the Margins of Society”. She can currently be found on Twitter X: @rita_gayle.

Olivia Wyatt When Sisters Disagree: Caribbean Women and the Politics of Community Organising in Leeds
Olivia Wyatt (she/her) is a PhD student and Teaching Associate at QMUL whose research investigates the politics of complexion within Black British communities throughout the twentieth century. She recently co-organised “The Issue of Truth: Representing Black British History” conference at the Institute of Historical Research. Previously, she worked on projects that explored Black women’s community activism in Leeds, African women’s contributions to the British health service (Young Historians Project), and the imperial connections between the Lascelles family and the Caribbean (Harewood House Trust).

Dr Amber Lascelles Learning from Lorde: Embodied Solidarities in Contemporary Black Women’s Fiction
Amber Lascelles (she/ her) is Lecturer in Global Anglophone Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research explores how fiction intervenes in global Black feminisms, especially in the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dionne Brand, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Bernardine Evaristo. She is also an editor at Feminist Review journal.

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