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Black Question Time, The Call of Success feat. Gail Lewis

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‘Black Question Time, The Call of Success’ is the timely development of live and recorded short interviews with inspirational people of colour. These interviews will focus on all aspects of success, with the interviewee sharing their experiences and tips on how to thrive when faced with institutional and structural racism. The aim is to inspire, inform and support BBK students of colour in their quest for transformation success and wisdom.

The first event features Gail Lewis, former Reader Emeritus in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College and current Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Gender Studies, LSE. She will be Visiting Professor at Yale University in the academic year 2021-22. As a writer, psychotherapist, researcher, and activist she has much experience to share with those in attendance.

College students, staff and guests can join the Collaborate session which will be recorded for future use. Please note this event will be delivered via Collaborate. Attendees are advised to use GOOGLE CHROME to take advantage of full functionality.

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    Gail Lewis was until recently  Reader in Psychosocial Studies in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, and is a psychotherapist having trained at the Tavistock Clinic. She has worked at the Open University and Lancaster University.

    Her political subjectivity was formed in the intensities of black feminist and anti-racist struggle and through a socialist, anti-imperialist lens. Among her political and scholarly concerns are the formation of and resistance to gendered-racilised social formations; the relationship between the organisational psychodynamics and the lived experience of racialised and gendered inequality in organisations; and how to bring black feminist, psychoanalytic and sociological understandings of subjectivity into creative dialogue in the interests of generating ‘practice against the grain’.

    She was a long standing member of Brixton Black Women's Group and a co-founder of the Organisation for Women of African and Asian Descent (OWAAD). She has been a member of the editorial collectives of the European Journal of Women's Studies and Feminist Review. She has published on feminism; intersectionality; the welfare state, social policy and racialisation; citizenship and personal life; and racialised-gendered experience and black feminism in journals such as Race and Class, Signs, Cultural Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies; Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society; Identities; European Journal of Women’s Studies, Feminist Theory and Feminist Review. 

    She was Visiting Scholar at Clarke University, Massachusetts, USA and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Tavistock Clinic/Essex University. Her recent collaborations involve working with queer, black, of colour artists and curators working in London.