This workshop is offered as a Techne Conflux, an extended training, development, exhibition or performance programme which aims to enhance research or intellectual skills, or facilitate the sharing of expertise amongst doctoral students in the arts and humanities.
This one-day event explores Afriquia, as developed by the theatre artist and scholar Mojisola Adebayo, as a conceptual lens for considering queerness and African diaspora in contemporary artistic and activist research practices. The programme is organised around engaging with key works including Stars and Family Tree (performance texts by Adebayo), and FETISH by afro-queer filmmaker artist and writer, Topher Campbell. The day also includes contributions by scholar of Black British performance Lynette Goddard, and South African queer activist and scholar zethu Matebeni.
Adebayo’s play Stars is a ‘space odyssey telling the story of a very old lady who goes into outer space in search of her own orgasm.’ It provides a launchpad for considering questions of Black and African perspectives on futurity, sex, gender/sexual identities, travelling through times, and Afriquia imagination. Participants will be invited to engage with Adebayo’s work, and consider how Afriquia concepts and methods might apply to their own research. Campbell’s film FETISH provides an anchor for a panel conversation on the links between generations of Afriquia practices in the UK, and Campbell will be in conversation with Adebayo and Goddard on how these practices have evolved over, across, and beyond time periods.
In the afternoon, Adebayo will lead a workshop that includes engaging with Family Tree, a new work representing the histories of Black women and their invaluable contribution to scientific knowledge. Matebeni will respond to the themes that arise from the workshop and provide urgent contemporary perspectives as to the interrelationships between art and activism in African and African diaspora contexts.
This event is free and has a limited number of spaces. Please ensure that if you register, you are committed to attending the entire day. Please cancel your ticket if you can no longer attend so that somebody from the waiting list can join. Registration is free but a specific number of places are reserved for Techne-funded students. Please ensure that you are registered to the correct ticket type.
‘Afriquia: Activist Politics and Performance’ is organised by Lynette Goddard (Royal Holloway University of London, UK) with Giulia Casalini, Cristina Fernandes Rosa, Eleanor Roberts, and P. A. Skantze (University of Roehampton, UK). It is part of the Techne Conflux series ‘Queer Feminist Currents’, a two-year collaboration amongst researchers at the University of Roehampton and Royal Holloway, University of London.