Our next BFK meeting will be on Tuesday 19th September at 16.30h where we will have the presence of the wonderful South Africa poet and scholar Gabeba Baderoon (thanks to Dr Lynda Spencer and her UCAPI project for making this possible). Here a text of Gabeba’s on the issue of domesticity and race in the home space and here an interview with poet and writer Matthew Shenoda and here and here some poems.
Our meeting this week is dedicated to what inspires Black Feminist Killjoys, and you are invited bring along material that inspires you to discuss it with the group.
Our last reading group for this term was dedicated to re-membering and playing children games, sharing different ways how to play elastics, jump-roe, hand-clapping, counting-out-rhymes, musical chairs and other games, culminating in an exciting 30-seconds match. It was amazing to see how much is shared across languages, regions and generations when re-membering games and rhymes collecively.
We’ll meet again in July to read the first novel by Senegale author Mariama Bâ, So Long A Letter (original title “Une si longue lettre”, download it here) which won the first Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. By the way, the whole of the African Writer Series can be accessed here using your university library user details.
Please present text/image/video examples of feminist killjoys (from art, popular culture or else) in our next meeting. To prepare our sharing of feminist kill-joy we’ll read the conclusion of Sara Ahmed’s book, entitled “Happiness, Ethics, Possibility” which reflects about the promiscuity of the word happiness: “After all, words can bring things into existence; words can do things, even if we don’t always know what it is they will do.” (p. 200)
This week we’ll have an open session where you can bring in any material you want to share with the group – what inspires/influences/supports you (around 5-10 minutes). It can be anything!
Over the holidays, we’ll finish reading Our Sister Killjoy and have a final discussion in our next meeting.