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Black/African Feminisms Conference 2022

About The black/African Feminisms Conference

The inaugural Black/ African Feminisms Conference on 7th and 8th April, 2022, is an invitation to interact virtually with a community of presenters, panelists and conference attendees to explore the multitude of perspectives on the topic. Blackness is not a monolith. Within the Canadian context, Black Canadians represent a range of people of African descent from the continent and the diaspora. The goal of the conference is to create space to share and discuss these complexities and commonalities. It is the brainchild of Dr. Njoki Wane, a celebrated and renowned scholar, whose work focuses on gender, colonialism, anti-colonialism, Black Feminisms, Indigenous knowledge practices, spirituality, African immigrant women in Canada and anti-racism education. As the chair of the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Dr. Wane’s contributions to the field offer opportunities for dialogue and inquiry into Black identity. 

The overarching theme of the conference is “The poetics, politics and praxis of Black Feminisms.’ Other themes that will be explored include conceptualizing Black Feminisms/ Womxnisms/ Africana Womxnisms, politics of Black bodies, Black Womxn’s health, healing spaces and spirituality. According to Wane (2014), it is evident that there is no universal Black experience; however, there is a call for concerted efforts to forge intellectual and cultural linkages rooted in our common origins. 

Black Feminism is therefore the convergence point where our past, present and future voices, our struggles and triumphs and holistic stories can be told, celebrated and handed over to future generations (Wane, 2014). This is a clarion call for all of us Black Feminists scattered across the globe to come together and form a powerful circle that will “collapse all screens that threaten to obscure our women's eyes from the beauties of the world" (Ogundipe-Leslie & Ourselves, 1994; Wane, 2014). 

References

Amoah, J. (1997). Narrative: The road to black feminist theory. Berkeley Women's LJ, 12, 84.

Ogundipe-Leslie, M., & Ourselves, R. C. (1994). African Women and Critical Transformations. Trenton.

​​Wane, N. N. (2004). Black Canadian feminist thought tensions and possibilities. Canadian Woman Studies, 23(2), 145+.


Join us on April 7th-8th 2022

To learn more about presenters, panelists, registration, and ticket information, check out the links below! This event will be held virtually.

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Call for Papers

 

Call for Papers: The deadline for all submissions is February 28th, 2022. Please submit all abstracts and any questions to bafc.oise@gmail.com. To learn more about, check out our Call For Papers webpage.