Datum & Tijd
16 december 16:30 - 18:00
ID’s, re-membering and reparations [EN]#BlackLivesMatter - curated by Olivia Rutazibwa
This two-part conversation deep-dives into the stakes and importance of organising around the idea that Black Lives Matter (#BLM). We seek to move beyond the misconception of #BLM as something interested in just identity or Black people only.
Olivia Rutazibwa invites a range of local and international guests for rich and clarifying exchanges about the various ways in which #BLM can help us think through some of the big challenges of our times to imagine radical alternatives towards worlds that work for all. In this conversation we zoom in on identity politics, (anti-Black) racism, historiography and story-telling, apologies, repair and reparations, colonialism and slavery.
Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and a professor of sociology at the University of Manchester in England. Formerly a columnist at The Guardian he is an editorial board member of the Nation magazine, the Alfred Knobler Fellow for Type Media and winner of the 2023 Orwell Prize for Journalism. He has written six books: Dispatches From the Diaspora, From Nelson Mandela to Black Lives Matter; Another Day in the Death of America, A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives; The Speech, The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream; Who Are We?, And Should it Matter in the 21st century; Stranger in a Strange Land, Travels in the Disunited States and No Place Like Home, A Black Briton’s Journey Through the Deep South. He has also written for The New York Review of Books. Granta, GQ, The Financial Times and The New Statesman and made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from gay marriage to Brexit.
Anne Wetsi Mpoma
Anne Wetsi Mpoma (Wetsi, she/her) is a curator, art historian and founder of the Wetsi Gallery in 2019. In both her writing and her programming, Wetsi is interested in reflecting on and proposing solutions to the liberating concerns of black and afro-descendant populations, as well as bearing witness to their incessant artistic and cultural creativity in order to do so.
Grâce Ndjako studied Political Science in Amsterdam with a focus on Political Theory, later delving into philosophy at Paris-Sorbonne University. She holds a Master's degrees in Philosophy and Political Science. Her journey led her to explore African philosophy, questioning the authenticity of thought influenced by Western paradigms. Now a Teaching Assistant in Non-Western Philosophy, she co-founded Black Renaissance, organizing events on decoloniality and African philosophy. Writing for platforms like 'Dipsaus Podcast' and 'De Nederlandse Boekengids', she contributed to 'AfroLit' and translated Aimé Césaire's 'Discours sur le colonialisme.' Currently pursuing her Philosophy PhD at the University of Amsterdam, she is dedicated to fostering diverse philosophical perspectives.
Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa is a doctor of political science and former Africa editor at MO*. She has Rwandan parents, was born in Brussels, grew up in Antwerp and now lives in the United Kingdom, where she (previously taught International Development Cooperation at the University of Portsmouth, and now) teaches as Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).