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