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Fugitive Feminism Reading Group Sessions

Reading Group Between Starshine and Clay Akwugo Emejulu

16 May 2023

iniva x Silver Press’ first Fugitive Feminism Reading Group Session

  • Venue

    Stuart Hall Library

  • Date

    Tuesday 16 May 2023

  • Time

    5pm – 8pm

  • RSVP

    Free but booking is essential

Join us for an interactive reading group and discussion at Stuart Hall Library with the author of Fugitive Feminism, Akwugo Emejulu. Fugitive Feminism is a call for the collective process of speculative dialogue and a bold new model for action drawing on the legacies of bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Sylvia Wynter and others to consider the ways in which Black women have been excluded from, struggled to achieve and opted to reject the category of ‘human’.

In this reading group, we will explore the ‘fugitive’ through collective reading and listening from Emejulu’s book alongside texts such as Sylvia Wynter’s No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues and poems from Lucille Clifton, Rita Dove, Derek Walcott and Joshua Jennifer Espinoza.

This event is free and open to all! It is a supportive and peer-led space for thinking and learning together. It is a space for constructive disagreements and critical engagement that is always based on mutual respect, interest, and care.

All texts are encouraged to be read together in the session, so you don’t need to read them in advance.

Join us from 5pm in the iniva bookshop at Stuart Hall Library, where refreshments will be provided before and after the reading session with the chance to buy Fugitive Feminism alongside other iniva titles. The reading session will begin promptly at 5.30pm, followed by a Q&A session.

This reading group is supported by funding from Freelands Foundation.


Akwugo Emejulu is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her research interests include the political sociology of race, class and gender and women of colour’s grassroots activism in Europe and the United States. She is the author of several books including Precarious Solidarity (forthcoming, Manchester University Press) and Minority Women and Austerity: Survival and Resistance in France and Britain (Policy Press, 2017). She is co-editor of To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe (Pluto Press, 2019).


Silver Press is an independent feminist publisher, based in London. silverpress.org


If you have any access requirements, please email us in advance at info@iniva.org and we will do our best to accommodate. Extracts of the texts will be provided on the day.

Resource List

No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues by Sylvia Wynter. Forum N.H.I.: Knowledge for the 21st Century. vol. 1, no. 1, Fall 1994. Pg. 1-3. Full text is here.

Fugitive Feminism by Akwugo Emejulu. London: Silver Press, 2022. Preface.

Lucille Clifton reading ‘won’t you celebrate with me’ from Book of Light, Copper Canyon Press, 1993. Watch on Youtube here

‘Things Haunt’, by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, originally published in Poem-a-Day on December 11, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets. Read  here.

‘Love after Love’ by Derek Walcott, from The Heavy Bear Who Goes with Me: Bloodaxe, 2022. Read here

‘I Am Learning to Abandon the World’ by Linda Pastan, from PM/AM: New and Selected Poems, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1982. Read  here

‘We Alone’ by Alice Walker, from Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems 1965-1990 Complete, 1991. Read here

‘Happenstance’ by Rita Dove, from Collected Poems: 1974-2004, 1989. Read here.

Image: Fugitive Feminism Publication with other Silver Press publications, 2023.