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To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe

To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe

To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe

To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe


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This book brings together activists, artists, and scholars of color to show how Black feminism and Afrofeminism are being practiced in Europe today, exploring their differing social positions in various countries, and exploring the ways in which they organize and mobilize to imagine a Black feminist Europe.
                                              Deeply aware that they are constructed as “others” living in a racialized and hierarchical continent, the contributors explore gender, class, sexuality, and legal status to show that they are both invisible—presumed to be absent from and irrelevant to European societies—and hyper-visible, assumed to be passive and sexualized, angry and irrational.
                                              In imagining a future outside the neocolonial frames and practices of contemporary Europe, this book explores a variety of critical spaces including motherhood and the home, friendships and intimate relationships, activism and community, and literature, dance, and film.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745339481
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 06/15/2019
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Akwujo Emejulu is professor of sociology at the University of Warwick. She is the author of Fugitive Feminism. Francesca Sobande is a lecturer in marketing and advertising at Edge Hill University and the author of The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction 1. On the Problems and Possibilities of European Black Feminism and Afrofeminism - Akwugo Emejulu and Francesca Sobande Part II: Resistance, Solidarity and Coalition-Building 2. The Collective Mobilisation of African Women in Athens 'United We Stand' - Viki Zaphiriou-Zarifi 3. Making Space: Black and Womxn of Colour Feminist Activism in Madrid - Nadia Nadesan 4. Those Who Fight for Us Without Us are Against Us: Afrofeminist Activism in France - Mwasi Collectif 5. Afro Women's Activism in Belgium: Questioning Diversity and Solidarity - Nicole Gregoire and Modi Ntambwe 6. A Black Feminist's Guide to Improper Activism - Claire Heuchan Part III: Emotions, Affect and Intimate Relations 7. Revisiting the Home as a Site of Freedom and Resistance - Gabriella Beckles-Raymond 8. Uses of Black/African Literature and Afrofeminist Literary Spaces by Women of Colour in French-Speaking Switzerland - Pamela Ohene-Nyako 9. 'Blackness Disrupts My Germanness.' On Embodiment and Questions of Identity and Belonging Among Women of Colour in Germany - Johanna Melissa Lukate 10. Love and Affection: The Radical Possibilities of Friendship Between Women of Colour - Ego Ahaiwe Sowinske and Nazmia Jamal 11. Black Pete, Black Motherhood, and Womanist Ethics - Lubumbe Van de Velde 12. Warriors and Survivors: The Eartha Kitt Files - Alecia McKenzie Part IV: Surviving the Academy 13. In the Changing Light; Daring to Be Powerful - Yesim Deveci 14. Cruel Ironies: The Afterlife of Black Womxn's Intervention - Cruel Ironies Collective 15. Creating a Space Within the German Academy - Melody Howse 16. A Manifesto for Survival - Sadiah Qureshi 17. At the Margin of Institutional Whiteness: Black Women in Danish Academia - Oda-Kange Midtvage Diallo 18. Africanist Sista-hood in Britain: Creating Our Own Pathways - Chijioke Obasi Part V: Digital and Creative Labour 19. But Some of Us Are Tired: Black Women's 'Personal Feminist Essays' in the Digital Sphere - Kesiena Boom 20. Coming to Movement: African Diasporic Women in British Dance - Tia-Monique Uzor 21. Through Our Lens: Filming Our Resistance. Does the Future Look Black in Europe? - Dorett Jones 22. When We Heal: Creative Practice as a Means of Activism and Self-Preservation - Stacie CC Graham Notes on Contributors Index

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