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Black Question Time, The Call of Success

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In this interview The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy Learning Development team will interview Professor Gail Lewis, Reader Emeritus in the Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Gender Studies, LSE.

‘Black Question Time, The Call of Success’ is a series of interviews with inspirational people of colour.

Inspiring, informing, supporting and transforming Birkbeck students of colour in their quest for success and wisdom.

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    Gail Lewis is Reader Emeritus in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College and 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. She trained as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic.

    Her political subjectivity was formed in the intensities of black feminist and anti-racist struggle and through a socialist, anti-imperialist lens. She was a member of the Brixton Black Women's Group and one of the founder members of the Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent, Britain’s first national organisation for Black and other women of colour.

    She is currently writing a book on black feminism in Britain and has written on feminism, intersectionality, the welfare state, and racialised-gendered experience. Her publications include: ‘Race, Gender and Social Welfare: encounters in a postcolonial society’ (2000), Polity Press; ‘Citizenship: personal lives and social policy’ (2004), ed. Polity Press; ‘Birthing Racial Difference: conversations with my mother and others’ (2009) Studies in the Maternal; ‘Unsafe Travel: experiencing intersectionality and feminist displacements’ (2013); Signs: journal of women in culture and society; ‘Where Might I Find You’: Popular Music and the Internal Space of the Father’, (2012); Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society; ‘Questions of Presence’, (2017) Feminist Review, Issue 117; ‘Black Feminism and the Challenge of Object Use’ (2020) Feminist Review 126 (1). She believes that intergenerational conversations are among the most urgent in these times. She is an Arsenal fan.