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Black Youth, Crime and Violence - a Womanist perspective

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Venue Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square, B04
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Research Network: Womanism, Activism and Higher Education
Chair: Dr Jan Etienne Email

To attend or for more details about the Network, please email Dr. Jan Etienne: j.etienne@bbk.ac.uk


This research network focuses on Black women’s engagement in higher education for building stronger, local communities. It draws heavily on the concept of ‘Womanism’ which acknowledges the need to tackle the under-representation of black women in British feminist research. It engages with ‘Womanist learning’ – a black feminist approach in education and learning which depicts the ways in which older black women learn whilst at the same time locating their learning in the heart of
their communities. In this way Womanist learning becomes synonymous with community activism as the women find ways to rise above past and current oppression.


The research network links the lives of black women in Higher Education with those of black women actively working in community settings. The network explores intergenerational learning and the significance of learning in later years and in particular, the value of volunteering in the lives of older and younger black women. The network brings together black women in Higher Education, including students, academics participating in social science research - sociology, psychosocial studies, politics and other areas; Black women community activists’ and practitioner’s working in education, community, health, social work and related areas; Groups focused on intersectionality, inclusion, social justice and addressing issues such as constructions of motherhood, youth and voluntary, community studies, faith, disability, sexuality, 'race', ethnicity, and culture as they impact on educational policy and practice in higher education.

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