Thursday 15 July 2021 6pm-8pm
Tattoos, Storytelling and Gender - Talk by Dr Sarah Gamble followed by a workshop led by H Raven Rose
Kati Kati A State in Between; Transcultural Identities in Wales and the World
21 January 2021
Dr Sarah Younan's talk explores liminal identities and their literary and artistic expression. She also discusses multiculturalism and transculturalism, and considers how language narrates diverse cultures. Growing up a mzungu in Kenya, Dr Younan draws on her experiences of not belonging in both her talk and short story ‘Mzungu’ (included in the essay collection Just So You Know: Essays of Experience).
Dr Younan's talk (see video above) was followed by a creative writing workshop led by Kate Murray. To download a copy of the prompts and writing exercises used during workshop, please refer to the Creative Writing Resources page.
A Trans* State of Mind: Transgender Saints, Medieval and Modern
10 February 2021
Dr Roberta Magnani delivers an insightful and culturally relevant talk on transgender Medieval saints. She touches upon the narrative of silenced saints and their discriminatory experiences. Dr Magnani uses her own voice to reposition transness as central to contemporary identity and society. Watch the talk below to discover more regarding Medieval trans identity, gender identity and the reclaiming of erased and marginalised voices.
Dr Magnani’s latest publication can be found at: https://link.springer.com/journal/41280/9/3
The talk was followed by a creative writing workshop led by Dr Kamand Kojouri. To download a copy of the prompts and writing exercises used during workshop, please refer to the Creative Writing Resources page.
The Politics of Form in Black U.S. Literature
20 May 2021
This talk explores the politics of form in Black U.S. poetry from June Jordan’s Dry Victories (1972), a phototext for children, to Claudia Rankine’s highly acclaimed Citizen: An American Lyric (2015), a collection of prose, poetry, and visual images. It will read these texts as signal examples of the use of productive juxtaposition for the purposes of political critique that has often been deployed by Black artists across the diaspora. Rankine and Jordan create aesthetics of assemblage by staging dynamic interplay between word and image, techniques that invite comparison with collagists like Romare Bearden and Wangechi Mutu.
Dr Farebrother's latest co-authored publication is A History of the Harlem Renaissance.
Dr Farebrother's talk (see video above) was followed by a creative writing workshop led by Dr. Rhea Seren Phillips. A copy of the prompts and writing exercises used during workshop, will be uploaded soon.