Musings on Race, Identity and Feminism

Musings on Race, Identity and Feminism

Fri 19 Feb 2021, 17:00 to Sat 20 Feb 2021, 17:55
Free (donations welcome)
Zoom at the Online Festival

Founder of "We need to talk about whiteness" Dr Myriam Francois will be in conversation with the feminist theorist and lecturer Minna Salami, aka MsAfropolitan, who is the author of "Sensuous knowledge: A Black feminist approach for everyone".

Together they will explore the meaning of white feminism, how to avoid its pitfalls and draw on their own research and experiences to look at ways of sourcing wisdom from beyond the 'europatriarchal framework'.

The session will include a brief presentation from each speaker, followed by a conversation between them and an extended audience Q&A.

Our philosophy is that there is no such thing as a ‘bad’ question – on the contrary, the only way we can all learn is to ask about what we don’t know or understand. So if you have particular questions you’d like to ask Myriam or Minna that you might not want to share publicly, feel free to email them to in advance.

Event Leader

Dr Myriam Francois

Dr Myriam Francois is a journalist, filmmaker and writer. Her broadcast work has included documentaries on #MeToo(BBC), Brexit in Wales (BBC), 'City of Refuge' (BBCr4) on the plight of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, genocide in Srebrenica (BBC), 'The Truth about Muslim Marriage' (C4) which was nominated for best investigative documentary in 2018 (AMA) and many more. Her writing has been widely published including TIME, Prospect magazine, the Guardian, and the New Statesman, where she is a former columnist. She holds a Doctorate from Oxford university on islamic movements and is a Research Associate at SOAS university.

Minna Salami

Minna Salami is a writer, lecturer, feminist theorist and founder of the multiple award-winning blog Ms Afropolitan. She is the author of the acclaimed book Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone, a critical book exploring universal ideas with an Africa-centred, decolonial and feminist perspective and translated into several languages. She is co-director of the feminist movement, Activate, and a Senior Research Associate at Perspectiva. She sits on the advisory board of the African Feminist Initiative at Pennsylvania State University and the editorial board of the Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Sahel.