BiGS Event: Black Women, Womanist Learning and Higher Education: The Politics of Representation and Community Activism

Starts 13 February 2018 - 10:00
Finishes 13 February 2018 - 16:00
Venue Birkbeck, University of London. Room B01, Clore Management Centre, London WC1E 7JL
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Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS) in collaboration with Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities


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The conference will be open to all and free to attend - registration will open in late November 2017

This one-day conference will explore the role of the black woman in promoting learning development and political activism in the community. It seeks to bring together the work of researchers, academics and activists in the field of gender, ‘race’, education and community development to explore Womanism and the influence of education for building stronger, local communities.

The conference therefore draws heavily on the concept of ‘Womanism’ which acknowledges the need to tackle the under-representation of black women in British feminist research. It will engage 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 help build stronger, local communities and rise above past and current oppression. 

It will specifically bring together women in higher education, research students and activists presenting papers and sharing their research in the following areas: Black women, community and political representation;  Pedagogies for change: Teaching strategies for Womanist learning; Black women, media representation, social technologies and community; Mothers and sisters in the struggle: Reclaiming black women’s grass roots activism; Black women, sexuality, community and change; Widening access and Womanist participation in higher education: Intersectionality and inequality; Communities in crisis: Black women, youth justice. criminality and society; Womanism and faith based strategies for promoting inclusion; Black women, disability, challenge and the health of black communities.

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