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(Re)Imagining the future: African perspectives on global inequalities

Both the history and future of 'African' societies have far too often been represented through the lenses of Eurocentric perspectives. However, African and African-diasporic scholars and activists such as Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde or Prinz Kum'a Ndumbe III., have created a vast pool of literature and knowledge in the past decades that challenges the Eurocentric perspectives on the history of people of African descent. Yet there remains an urgent need to (re)imagine the future through the lenses of African and African-diasporic perspectives. The project '(Re)Imagining the future: African perspectives on global inequalities' seeks to trace and analyse critically diverse 'African' perspective on the future(s). Underlying our project is the observation that in social movements such as RhodesMusFall, 'Why isn't my professor Black' or FeesMustFall as well as in literature, art and music, a vision of the future is expressed that redefines the relationship between Africa and Europe anew. In context of our project, we therefore ask questions like How do 'African'/ 'African'-diasporic activists_scholars imagine the future in context of persisting global inequalities? What role does Europe/ the West occupy in these visions? And what changes need to happen in order to realize the vision of the future that is expressed by 'African'/ 'African'-diasporic activists? The goal of the project is to make these different views on the future visible as well as to work towards a realization of these visions.

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SAVE THE DATE! International Symposium: '(Re)imagining the future: Afro-feminist/ LGBTIQ* perspectives on education, (int.) politics and identity in context of global inequalities'

“Let's think about the future because the past has been crazy!” Espérance Niyonsaba

Who can we talk about struggles of women* and LGBTIQ* activists without falling into the bias pattern of Eurocentric views about 'Africa' as a place without civilization? What are the dilemmas which emerge in a context of global structures of inequality for activists_scholars in that field? What are the visions of activists_scholars for the future with regard to education, (int.) politics and identity?  

The conference '(Re)imagining the future: Afro-feminist/ LGBTIQ* perspectives on education, (int.) politics and identity in context of global inequalities' is an attempts to specifically provide a space for views expressed by 'African' female* activists_scholars on the challenges of the future.
Throughout the conference we would like our speakers and audience to engage in a critical discussion on a postcolonial and intersectional critique of University structure both in 'Africa' and Europe. In this regard we would like to engage for example with scholar_activists as Ncumisa Mdlokolo, Mariétou Maye, Awino Okech and Athinangamso Nkopo in order to picture their visions  Afro-feminist/LGBTIQ* perspective on the future of education. In addition we envision to have a panel which specifically deals with the challenges, postcolonial dilemmas and possibilities of LGBTIQ* activism in context of postcolonial inequalities. In this regard we would like to invite Ncumisa Mdlokolo, Awino Okech, Athinangamso Nkopo for a conversation on the postcolonial dilemmas which each of them experience in their work. 

Invited speakers/ Organizations:

•    Ncumisa Mdlokolo (Student activist UWC)
•    Mariétou Mbaye – Ken Bugul (Senegalese author)
•    Generation Adefra - ADEFRA e.V. (requested)
•    Awino Okech (research scholar SOAS)
•    We are born free! Empowernment radio
•    Athinangamso Nkopo (Student activist Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford)
•    LesMigras e.V (requested)

Save the Date!
Date: Saturday 09.09.2017 in Refugio Berlin
More information will appear on this website soon!
Free entrance.

Contact and registration: m.hellmich(at)africavenir.org 

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, Brot für die Welt und der Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit.


Quotes from 1st panel:

"The men in the space were like, we deal with feminism later, it is race first, and we were like absolutely not. I don't only walk into the room as a black person, I also walk in as a women, I also walk in as a queer." - Ncumisa Mdlokolo 

"The idea that Africa cannot produce individuals who are competitive across the world is one that we must begin to demystify." - Dr. Awino Okech 

"Some people came up with saying 'All Lives Matter', but no they don't, not to say that not all lives matter, but if that is true then 'Black Lives Matter' wouldn't have to exist. If truly all lives matter, we wouldn't have to say black lives matter." - Ncumisa Mdlokolo 



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Further Readings and Links

(Re)Imagining the Future: 

Felwine Sarr über "Afrotopia." "Kulturzeit"-Gespräch mit dem Autor: Einer der aktuell meist diskutierten Denker Africas - Felwine Sara aus dem Senegal. 3 sat, 16. June 2017.

"The revolution will bot be NGO-ised": four lessons from African feminist organising" by Valerie Bah & Felogene Anumo, Awid Women's Rights, 31. July 2017. 

"Black to the Future: Queer Afro-feministist perspectives" by Riri Hylton, Siegessäule.de. 

"African LGBTI Manifesto/Declaration" by Sokari, Black Looks, 17. May 2011.

"The Future of Sex in Africa" by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Open Democracy, 50.50, 4. August 2017. 

      Adventures from the Bedrooms of African women. A blog managed by Nana Darkoa
Sekyiamah and Malaka to create a space for African Women to share experiences of Sex and our our diverse Sexualities. 

      Afrofuturism to everyday futurists: new kinds of artist, power and tech by Jessica Bland, The Guardian, 11. March 2015. 



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