This event marks the beginning of a series of events organised or facilitated by Black South West Network as our contribution to the Black History Month and the Festival of the Future City 2017.
Historically and currently – from the civil rights movement in the US to the contemporary global movements around Black Lives Matter – women of colour have often been at the forefront of campaigns to create more humane and integrated policies and places. The #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack project (launched on 19th April 2017 and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund) looks at race in Bristol through the generations, including women of colour. What can this – and historic and global movements for change – teach us about the future of cities? Speakers include: Dr. Madhu Krishnan (University of Bristol), Dr.Sumita Mukherjee (University of Bristol), Aisha Rana-Deshmukh (University of Bristol), and Nicole Truesdell (Beloit College).
About the speakers:
Dr Madhu Krishnan's research considers contemporary African writing in the context of transnational, world and global literary production. She is particularly interested in the ways in which literary writing contributes to, subverts and is shaped by a broader, a priori image of 'Africa' circulating in a global imaginary, as well as the varied and contested registrations of this process across differing scales of expression and geography.
Dr Sumita Mukherjee’s research focuses on the transnational mobility of South Asians in the imperial era (nineteenth and twentieth century) i.e. the movement of men and women from the Indian subcontinent to other parts of the world, and also the return back to India.
Dr Nicole Truesdell’s general interests are in radical pedagogy, academic hustling, and social justice. Her research focuses on the intersections of race, racism, gender, class, citizenship and belonging, nationalism and the nation-state, community organising and activism, social movements, and radical black thought. She has worked with BSWN since 2009 and helped develop and write 3 of the 4 Heritage Lottery Funded projects BSWN has completed, including the current project.
Aisha Rana-Deshmukh is currently a Geography undergrad and BME officer at the University of Bristol. She spent the past year working in student services and as a student researcher at the Bristol Student’s Union. As BME officer, Aisha works to advocate for BME students’ rights including working with the university to fight racism and discrimination and most importantly to empower BME students.
How to book:
Book online or in person at Watershed Box Office or on Tel: 0117 927 5100 Mon – Fri from 09:00 and Sat & Sun from 10:00. Please note: booking opens Monday 18 September 2017.