Riot and Refrain: bell hooks

Image courtesy of bell hooks
Image courtesy of bell hooks
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Study Sessions are informal and intimate discussion groups. This study session opens out the ideas and themes of our exhibitions and research strand Sonic Continuum, and explores how black feminist authors and thinkers reconceptualise voice, performativity and community against patriarchal and racial oppression.

By discussing their radical aspirations and concurrent approaches to gender, race and class, our study sessions explore the global critiques, poetic tactics, and relational political projects of black women writers, and ask: how might we articulate alternative social and political formations?

This online session is led by black feminist critical race theorist, sociologist and cultural theorist Denise Noble and explores the work of American social activist, academic, and author bell hooks.


bell hooks, ‘An Aesthetic of Blackness: Strange and Oppositional’, in Lenox Avenue: A Journal of Interarts Inquiry, 1 (1995): 65-72.

A copy of the reading and meeting link will be available on booking.

Online. Free. Limited Capacity. Booking required.

Denise Noble is a leading Black feminist critical race theorist, sociologist and cultural theorist. As an anti-racist education activist she specialises on equality consultancy in higher and further education. Noble has taught Black Studies in the UK and the US, as well as Media, Cultural Studies, Sociology and Social Work in the UK. Her research focuses on the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality and nation in Black Diaspora cultural politics, postcolonial and decolonial feminist theory, and the social history of racial liberalism in Anglophone Caribbean society and its British diaspora. She has published several scholarly articles and a book entitled Decolonizing and Feminizing Freedom: a Caribbean Genealogy (2017).

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