Soft Launch Archival Textures
At 5 pm – prior to the video contribution by Chandra Frank and the lecture by Gloria Wekker – an informal presentation and the soft launch of Archival Textures will take place in the auditorium. The publication series Archival Textures aims to make some of the findings in feminist archives available in print. The first issue includes the essay ‘Survivors: Portrait of the Group Sister Outsider’ by Gloria Wekker, translated into English for the first time by Jenny Mijnhijmer, among other ephemera documenting the groundbreaking work of Black feminists in the Netherlands.
- Light Dinner
A light dinner at the Nieuwe Café will bridge the launch and the evening talks, providing a delicious meal free of charge and space for conversation between the two events.
- 19:30 – 21:00
Talk by Gloria Wekker with an introductory statement by Chandra Frank
Celebrated writer and scholar Gloria Wekker talks about the beginnings of her engaged work, focusing on transnational feminist community building and the role of Black lesbian joy and poetry in her later academic trajectories. Chandra Frank’s introductory statement relates Gloria Wekker’s work to current research and the challenges of living an intersectional feminist life.
Gloria Wekker is best known for her ground-breaking scholarly work in gender studies and sexuality in the Afro-Caribbean region and diaspora, as well as for her research on the persistence of racist and colonial structures in Dutch society. For Feminist Assembly Month, Wekker will talk and reflect on her lesser known, but equally relevant, activities during the 1980s. The reading will be preceded by an introductory video contribution by Chandra Frank that relates Gloria Wekker’s work to current research and the challenges of living an intersectional feminist life.
Het Nieuwe Instituut
3015 CB Rotterdam
Free, register via ticket link