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Transition magazine seeks pieces on Black Women/Super Heroes

We conspire because we claim a place of dignity in written, spoken, and artistic history […] We agreed with our predecessors about the immense potential of Afrodiasporic feminism and its underlying principles to fight for ourselves and the future generations of Black women in the world. –

– Vergara Figeroa and Arboleda Hurtado (2016)-

According to Kimberlé Crenshaw’s intersectionality theory draws attention to Black women’s experiences of intertwined structures of power and oppression, including racism, misogyny, classism, heterosexism, discrimination based on immigration status, ableism, transmisogyny.  That said, Black women fight everyday of their lives to survive, but also to receive acknowledgment and recognition.

Grounded in Black feminist theory, this special issue of Transition Magazine seeks to engage a dynamic conversation on the topic Black Women/Superheroes. This issue will explore the notion of Black women’s persistence within a globalized, racialized and gendered contemporary world. We invite submissions that investigate, discuss, critique, and complicate the interaction of race, ethnicity and gender in comics, as both a visual and written genre. We are also interested in interrogating social constructions and caricatures of Black womanhood, including the “strong Black woman,” trope and, most importantly, the humanity and lived realities of Black women in the world. Transition Magazine invites both critical and creative contributions around these ideas, and encourages writers, poets, artists, designers, musicians, and scientists to submit their work for this issue. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Afrofuturism
  • Comics as coded texts (eg. survival manuals, confessional space, cautionary tale, subversive, fantasy, experiment)
  • Black bodies and representations of beauty in comics
  • Discussions of power, powers and superpowers
  • Conceptions of evil or villains in comics
  • Role of science and philosophy in comics
  • Conceptions of gods, goddess, religion spirituality and the occult in comics
  • Comics as an unmediated, autonomous feminist space
  • Notions of flaws in superheroes

 

Deadline: November 30th 2018.

Submission link: https://transition.submittable.com/submit/125980/call-for-papers-black-women-superheroes 

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EVENTS, GENDER POLITICS, Uncategorized

The first Global Feminist LBQ Women*s Conference will take place from 6-9 July 2019 in South Africa.

The first Global Feminist LBQ Women*s Conference will take place from 6-9 July 2019 in South Africa. Apply here by 1 September

The conference is being organized by a collective working group of 22 LBQ women* activists from across all regions of the world. It aims to create a space for activists & advocates to come together, share knowledge, exchange strategies, strengthen connections, mobilize resources, and take the lead in building a global LBQ women*s movement with the capacity to influence the world agenda on human rights, health and development. We hope to bring together 500 participants from around the world.

We will be launching the conference website soon. If you have any questions, please email the organizing team at: lbqwomenglobalconference@gmail.com. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible.

HEALTH, Uncategorized

Opportunity for South African Health Journalists

The International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) is now recruiting for young journalists interested in covering health issues to attend and report on a conference in India in December 2018. Selected journalists will travel to Delhi for an orientation and to attend the 2018 Partners’ Forum, hosted by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and the Government of India.

The application for this program will close on August 21, 2018. You can find more information and the link to apply here: https://www.icfj.org/our-work/covering-maternal-newborn-and-child-health-program-young-international-journalistsJournalists from South Africa will be given priority.

BOOKS, EVENTS, GENDER POLITICS, Uncategorized

Feminism Is events at the Open Book Festival 2018

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This year’s Open Book Festival in Cape Town has, as usual, an amazing line up of writers and public intellectuals coming together to talk about literature, politics, and many other things. The festival takes place from 5 – 9 September in Cape Town.

This year the Open Book Festival team has given amazing support to Feminism Is, and has five events scheduled around the book, as well as many others with a feminist focus.

5 September
20.00 – 21.00 Feminism Is: Pumla Gqola, Dela Gwala and Thembekile Mahlaba explore their journeys to feminism and answer FAQs in the company of Sara-Jayne King Fugard Studio

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6 September
16.00 – 17.30 Feminism Is: Listening Room: We invite all persons of trans experience and/or those who identify as women/womxn to share personal experiences that shape their feminist identities in a safe and respectful space. Please keep contributions to a maximum of 5 minutes to allow as many voices to be heard as possible. Hosted by Joy Watson with contributions from Janine Adams, Kit Beukes, Michelle Hattingh and Ming-Cheau Lin and Tshepiso Mashinini. Fugard Studio

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7 September
14.00 – 15.00 Feminism Is: Body Politics: Anna Dahlqvist, Melanie Judge and Tlaleng Mofokeng speak to Joy Watson about taking control in the context of patriarchy Fugard Theatre

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7 September
18.00 – 19.00 Feminism Is: Talking Feminism: B Camminga, Helen Moffett and Tlaleng Mofokeng explore divisions and how they can stand in the way of feminist conversations in the company of Yaliwe Clarke Fugard Theatre

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9 September
12.00 – 13.00 Feminism Is: Reflections: Jen Thorpe wraps up the series of ‘Feminism Is’ events and asks Pumla Gqola, Haji Mohamed Dawjee and Nwabisa Mda to share their thoughts on SA feminism today Fugard Theatre

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Check out the full programme here for more details on other amazing feminist events.