Afrofeminist_LGBTIQ* perspectives on the future


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„Let's think about the future because the past has been crazy!“ E. Niyonsaba

The conference "(Re-) imagining the future: Afro-feminist_LGBTIQ * perspectives on education, politics and identity in the context of global inequalities" is an attempt to create a space in which the perspectives of  African / -diasporic activists can be heard.

How can we talk about the challenges of women* and LGBTIQ* activist  without falling into eurocentric patterns? What are the dilemmas that arise in the context of global inequality for activists, scientists  and their work? What are the future visions of afro-feminist_LGBTIQ * activists in terms of education, (int.) politics and identity? And what do actors in education and development policy need to change in order to realize these visions?

During the conference we would like to discuss a post-colonial and intersectional critique of the educational areas here in Europe and Africa. Who teaches? What content and stories are heard? And which ones remain hidden? How can knowledge spaces that deal with structual inequalities look like in the future? In addition, we would like to design a panel that deals specifically with the postcolonial dilemmas of afro-feminist_LGBTIQ* activists within the context of global inequality.


Ncumisa Mdlokolo (student activist UWC, filmdirector)
Mariétou Mbaye - Ken Bugul (author)
Maisha M. Auma (Generation Adefra - ADEFRA e.V.)
Peggy Piesche (Generation Adefra - ADEFRA e.V.)
Awino Okech (lecturer/academic, SOAS London)
Nana Sekyiamah (blogger)
We are born free! Empowerment radio
LesMigras e.V
Athinangamso Nkopo (student activist Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford)

Biographies of the speakers see below.


Panel 1
10-11: 30
Decolonizing the Univers (ity): intersectional perspectives on the future of education

Moderation: Esther Phillips
Ncumisa Mdokolo
Maisha Auma
Awino Okech
Athinangamso Nkopo

Panel 2

12-1:30 pm
The postcolonial (dilemma) of LGBTIQ * African activism

Moderation: Peggy Piesche
Ncumisa Mdokolo 
Awino Okech
Athinangamso Nkopo

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Food against donation

Ken Bugul / Mariétou Biléoma Mbaye

Round-table discussion
What do we need for our empowerment in the future?

Networking space

Download the flyer here.

The conference will take place in English.

The venue is barrier-free.

There will be a film evening ‘Black and Queer’ the day before the conference at the City Kino Wedding.

More information about the films here and here.


Biographies of the speakers:

Ncumisa Mdloko
is a queer activist and is engaged in the RhodesMustFall protests at the UWC (South Africa) as well as director of the documentary "Displaced: Black and Queer".
Nana Sekyiamah

Is Senior Communications Manager at the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) and Ghanaian Blogger.

Peggy Piesche

Is a literary and cultural scientist. She works in the project 'Future Concepts in Africa and the Diaspora' at the University of Bayreuth. In the black (German) movement, she has been active since 1990 and a co-worker at ADEFRA e.V.

Mariétou Mbaye alias "Ken Bugul"
Is one of the most important and original writers of West Africa - a feminine, strong and radical voice. Last year her novel 'Riwan - oder der Sandweg' was translated into German.   

Is the anti-discrimination and anti-violence area of the Lesbenberatung Berlin e.V.  LesMigraS amongst other things offers concultations on discrimination experiences of lesbian and bisexual migrants, black lesbians and trans* persons.

Athinangamso Nkopo
Studied political science at the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa). She is an activist in the RhodesMustFall movement in Oxford.
Awino Okech
Works as a lecturer/academic at the 'Center of Gender Studies' of SOAS. Her main focus lies in the interaction of sex, sexuality and nation in post-conflict societies.

We are born free! Empowerment radio
Is a radio program launched by refugees to support each other and offers an important empowerment platform for these and other marginalized people.

Esther Philips
Studies peace and conflict research at the Goethe University Frankfurt. In her work, she deals with the knowledge production of black women.

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

In Kooperation mit der Heinrich Böll Stiftung und Generation Adefra - ADEFRA e.V.

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