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Fugitive Feminism Reading Group Sessions

16 May-02 Dec 2023

iniva x Silver Press invite you to join us at Stuart Hall Library for three  reading group sessions in May, June and December 2023 focused on resonances from the publication, Fugitive Feminism.

Humanity has always excluded Others on the basis of race, class and gender. What happens to people who choose to flee, following in the footsteps of those who resisted enslavement?

Fugitive Feminism written by Akwugo Emejulu with a foreword by Edna Bonhomme was published by Silver Press in 2022, as the first book in Crescent: a new series of contemporary writing.

This audacious manifesto draws 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’.

Sociologist Akwugo Emejulu argues that it is only through embracing the status of the ‘fugitive’ that Black women can determine their own liberation. Fugitive Feminism is a call for the collective process of speculative dialogue and a bold new model for action.

These reading group sessions are supported by funding from Freelands Foundation.

About the Author

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).

About the Publisher

Silver Press is an independent feminist publisher, based in London. In 2017, Silver Press published The Debutante and Other Stories, the first collected edition of Leonora Carrington’s short stories, and Your Silence Will Not Protect You, which brought Audre Lorde’s essays and poems together in one volume for the first time. In 2018, they published a new edition of Nell Dunn’s book of conversations from 1965, Talking to Women. In autumn 2019, they brought out the first translation of the filmmaker Chantal Akerman’s memoir from 2013, My Mother Laughs. In 2021 Silver Press published Revolutionary Letters by poet Diane di Prima. In 2022 they published Fugitive Feminism by Akwugo Emejulu. In 2023 Silver Press published Space Crone by Ursula K. Le Guin, bringing together Le Guin’s collected writings on feminism and gender Forthcoming titles include Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip.

Silver Press’ current team is Edna Bonhomme, Marleen Boschen, Sarah Shin and Alice Spawls. The press was founded by Joanna Biggs, Sarah Shin and Alice Spawls. silverpress.org

Image: Fugitive Feminism publication in Stuart Hall Library, 2023.
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