Riot and Refrain: Saidiya Hartman

Image courtesy of Saidiya Hartman. Photo: Jai Lennard.
Image courtesy of Saidiya Hartman. Photo: Jai Lennard.
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Available to book from Tue 16 Mar.

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 writer, poet, and curator, Olivia Douglass and dwells on the work of American writer and scholar, Saidiya Hartman.

Hartman, Saidiya. Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of of Social Upheaval, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2019.

Book one: She Makes an Errant Path Through The City, A Minor Figure, Pp.13-35

Book Two: The sexual geography of the Black Belt, Mistah Beauty, the Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Woman.., Pp.193 - 202

Book Three: Beautiful Experiments, Riot & Refrain, Pp.263- 286

Further Reading / Viewing

Saidiya Hartman, The Anarchy of Colored Girls Assembled in a Riotous Manner

Saidiya Hartman reads from Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments

Verso Books Anarchism Otherwise

Looking for Language in the Ruins, JJJJJerome Ellis, Saidiya Hartman, and Erica Hunt

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.

Olivia Douglass is a British-Nigerian writer, poet, and curator. Her work has appeared in publications including Bath Magg, Prototype, PUB journal (Sandberg Instituut), in addition to being commissioned by the National Poetry Library. A Barbican Young Poets Alumna, her pamphlet Slow Tongue was published in 2018. She has held residencies with Talawa Theatre Company and Theatre Peckham, to develop her ongoing research project Palm as Portal. Her writing is concerned with articulating alternative visions of liberated Black queer experiences, away from colonial frameworks. Olivia was shortlisted for the Rebecca Swift Foundation’s Women Poet Prize 2020. She is currently working on her debut collection and is the curator of a forthcoming programme at the Institute of Contemporary Arts London (ICA) on the poet M. NourbeSe Philip.

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