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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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CULTURE, PODCASTS, Uncategorized

2 Feminist Podcasts to take a listen to this week

New York Public Library – Roxane Gay and Aja Monet here

Kombucha and Colour – The future is female here

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.

CURRENT AFFAIRS, GENDER POLITICS

Weekly feminist round up – 16 April 2018

Read

Kabelo Chabala writes that Mama Winnie was the epitome of a black African feminist here

What trigger warnings are and are not here

Molly Ringwald reflects on the Breakfast Club here

Does ‘Nice for What’ mark a new era for Drake? Find out here

Our Bodies, Ourselves is shelved, so what now? asks Jessica Valenti here

Junot Diaz writes about childhood trauma, the silence, and its impact on The New Yorker here

Tim Winton writes how toxic masculinity is shackling men to misogyny here

Jen Thorpe, editor of Feminism Is, unpacks what it means to be feminist here

Jobs and Opportunities

Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA) is looking for a consultant to conduct a mid-term review here

Mama Cash is looking for a short-term consultant here

Submit your essay for the Bodley Head prize here

Mothers to Mothers is looking for a research and strategic information manager here

Events

Come to the 5th Feminism Is book launch this Thursday in Cape Town. Details below

Feminism Is Cavendish Invite

Feel free to mail us with your opportunities, articles, events, ideas, books etc via feministssa@gmail.com

BOOKS

Launch Dates for Feminism Is 2018

 

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March 13, 2018: The Book Lounge, Cape Town, Western Cape

March 22, 2018: Exclusive Books, Ballito, KZN

March 27, 2018: Exclusive Books, Rosebank, Gauteng

March 27, 2018: Exclusive Books, Menlyn, Gauteng

April 19, 2018: Exclusive Books, Cavendish, Cape Town, Western Cape

June 2, 2018: The Women’s Library at the Artscape, Cape Town, Western Cape