Blogging #RTGII by Leah Cowan One of the first Saturday sessions at Returning the Gaze II: Stories of Resistance was led by Mohamed Wa Baile (a playwright, scholar and activist with Allianz gegen Racial Profiling) and Gloria Holwerda (the artist behind the A Sint You Want intervention, and the founder of INARG: the InterNational Anti-Racism … More Strategies for Action: speaking out & taking space!
by Rae Parnell Reading Augustown by Jamaican writer Kei Miller can at times be sensory decadence. This is not an action-packed novel, but is instead a profession of love and dedication to the history and legacy of a real town in Jamaica ‘coincidentally’ called “August Town.” Miller unfolds complex racial, generational, and cultural dynamics of … More Augustown by Kei Miller (2016) – Book Review
by Praveen Sewgobind, University of Potsdam In October/November 2016, I, a PhD researcher at Potsdam University, was travelling to two conferences in Toronto and Innsbruck to present papers. Both conferences offered participants a possibility to outline critical perspectives on dominant discourses, hegemonic structures, and provide a platform to engage in discussion and forge alliances. The … More Racist normalcies when crossing borders in Europe
We’re delighted to announce that there will be a performance of Weisser Peter, written by Mohamed Wa Baile, at 7pm on Friday 4th November, at the Westbahntheater in Innsbruck. The performance is part of our conference- Returning the Gaze II: Stories of Resistance. Mohamed Wa Baile is an activist, scholar and playwright based in Switzerland … More Weisser Peter (White Peter) Stage Play Performance in Innsbruck
Artist Karina Griffith will be showing a series of moving image works and artifacts at our upcoming conference Returning the Gaze II: Stories of Resistance at the University of Innsbruck in Austria next month. The exhibition will be free to access for University of Innsbruck students and conference delegates. Becoming Afro German is an … More Becoming Afro German expo at Returning the Gaze II conference!
We are very excited to announce our screening of Too Black to be French? (2015), a documentary by Isabelle Boni-Claverie and Quark Productions, at the University of Innsbruck on Thursday 3rd November at 19h30. As a film that literally inverts the white, European, racialising gaze, the screening will provide the perfect opening to our forthcoming … More Film Screening of Too Black to be French? (2015)
Looking for something educational and enlightening for Black History Month this October? Check out this event, exploring the lives of black folks in London, before the Windrush set sail in 1948. Hosted by Skin Deep at St. Ann’s Library, London on the 13th October, the event aims to shed light: “on the hidden history of … More The Amazing History of Black People in London Before 1948
by Rae Parnell What happens when four children are put to the task of saving the world? Nnedi Okorafor explores this story and more in her book Akata Witch. The author breathes new life into this well known plot by placing the story in Nigeria, and introducing the readers to a society of West Africans … More Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (2011) – a review
Registration for the Returning the Gaze Part II: Stories of Resistance conference in Innsbruck is now OPEN!!! You can buy your tickets for the conference and the associated play(s) by Mohammed Wa Baile via Eventbrite. Tickets will be sold right up until the event itself in three phases, which you can read more about here. … More Returning the Gaze Part II Registration is now OPEN!
Check out the conference programme below. More details to come soon!!! Keynote Anandi Ramamurthy “Contesting the Visualisations of Gaza” Presentations: Anna Chrusciel & Markus Schega “Beyond the School-Zone” Jenny Oliveira Caldas “Decolonising the Seminar Room” Matthias Hinkelmann “Post-migrant identity formation an anti-racist resistance in Contemporary Germany” Melanie Petremont and Pamela Ohene-Nyako “Literary Art and Performance … More UPDATE – Returning the Gaze: Stories of Resistance conference programme