Women on Aeroplanes Public Programme

The Showroom
63 Penfold Street

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December

Women on Aeroplanes’ public programme aims to expand upon and collectively develop new knowledge. Writers, researchers, critics and artists will be considering the activism of women - and in particular women of colour - in the struggles for independence from colonial rule in the 20th century. They will look at how and why the immense achievements of so many of these women have come to be marginalised within the official or mainstream narratives of these struggles, and what these women's erasure might teach us about the workings and priorities of mainstream western forms of historical representation. Through these events speakers, participants and attendees can work together to develop new or alternative strategies for recording and recounting such women’s lives and work in order to do a more lasting justice to their efforts and achievements.

Women in the Pan African Movement
Marika Sherwood in Conversation with Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa
Saturday 8 December 2018
10.30 - 13.30
Tickets £3 Limited capacity,
booking essential.

The first talk in the public programme focuses upon the critical roles played by women such as Amy Ashwood Garvey, the revolutionary Pan-Africanist whose life and work provides the starting point for Carrying Yours and Standing Between You, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa’s new installation at The Showrooom.

By inviting renowned historian Marika Sherwood to The Showroom, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa continues her longstanding preoccupation with the challenges encountered by generations of historians whose research has aimed, and continues to aim at redressing women’s underrepresentation within the mainstream historiographies of black internationalism.

In books such as The 1945 Manchester Pan-African Congress Revisited with Hakim Adi, 1995, and Claudia Jones: A Life in Exile, 2000, author and educator Marika Sherwood has devoted her working life to researching black radical internation alisms. Sherwood will conduct a personal tour of the Ashwood Garvey archive created by Wolukau-Wanambwa’s Carrying Yours and Standing Between You for The Showroom. In conversation with Wolukau-Wanambwa, Sherwood will discuss her research into Ashwood Garvey’s pioneering Pan-Africanism and will draw connections with some of the many women whose political interventions constitute an underacknowledged geography of struggles for emancipation.

Women in the Pan African Movement
Margaret Busby in Conversation Ellah Watakama Allfrey
Saturday 8 December 2018
15.00 - 16.30
Tickets £3, book here.

The Otolith Collective and The Showroom are delighted to welcome writer, editor and broadcaster Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and renowned editor, broadcaster and publisher Margaret Busby to The Showroom. New Daughters of Africa, Busby’s long awaited sequel to her pioneering 1992 volume Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writing by Women of African Descent from the Ancient Egyptian to the Present, will be published by Myriad Editions in Spring 2019. In anticipation of that event, Wakatama Allfrey and Busby will enagage in a wide-ranging and informal conversation on the ways in which writings by women of African descent has reshaped the aesthetics of black internationalisms.

Along the way, Wakatama Allfrey and Busby’s conversation will touch upon Exalt B. H., Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s new work for The Showroom which responds to the landscapes of Serowe, Botswana, evoked in the writings of the avant-garde novelist Bessie Head. In the course of her sustained reading of Head’s work, Sunstrum encountered a short text written by Head in 1985, one year before her death at the age of forty-nine, that informed the conception of Exalt B.H. In response to Libération’s question Why Do I write? Head concluded with the words: ‘I am building a stairway to the stars. I have the authority to take the whole of mankind up there with me. That is why I write.’

Black Herstory Archives
Sunday 9 December 2018
13.00 - 16.00
Free, limited capacity, booking essential

Led by Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski, Yula Burin, and Nydia A. Swaby, this workshop explores the importance of documenting and preserving black women’s herstories, as well as developing a black feminist archival consciousness.

The workshop designed to foster a black feminist archival task force. Attendees will be asked to read material which will be circulated in advance and should come prepared to discuss their own archival practice.

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