Riot and Refrain: Dionne Brand

Image courtesy of Toronto Star. Photo: Cole Burston.
Image courtesy of Toronto Star. Photo: Cole Burston.
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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 session is led by literary scholar Amber Lascelles and dwells on the work of Canadian poet, novelist, essayist and documentarian, Dionne Brand.

Brand, Dionne. A Map to the Door of No Return, Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2002.

Further Reading

Brand, Dionne. Excerpt from Ossuaries, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2010.

About the event

Online. Free. Limited Capacity.
Booking is required.
A copy of the reading will be available on booking.
You can access this event through the Zoom meeting link available on booking.
There will be automated live captioning for this event.
A transcription for this event is not available afterwards due to the intimate nature of the event.
We are unable to provide British Sign Language interpretation for this event.
The duration of the event is one and a half hours. A rest break is not included.

Amber Lascelles is a researcher, writer and lecturer interested in Black feminist resistance in contemporary Black women's fiction. Her PhD focused on writers of the African diaspora, including Dionne Brand, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, to explore how their novels navigate and resist the oppression and violence wrought under neoliberal capitalism across different contexts. She is currently a Research Associate on the Black Health and the Humanities project based the University of Bristol, investigating perspectives from the Black humanities to enhance and complicate current medical and social understandings of the relationship between racism, health and illness in the UK. Her published work appears in African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal and Wasafari and she is the journal editor for the Free Black University.

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