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Liminal Podquest #8: When Lives Matter – The Path to Collective Liberation

Driven by the intention to stay in touch with the Boom Community and encourage critical thinking, we launched a series of cultural initiatives during the pandemic.

With the Boom Toolkit for Covid-19 and the Liminal PodQuests we’re bringing you interactive, collective, reflective, psychoactive perspectives to help us all to become friends with uncertainty in the Anthropocene.

Join us for PodQuest #8 on 3 June 2021 at 21h CET!

WHEN LIVES MATTER: The Path to Collective Liberation

Audre Lorde, bell hooks and Angela Davis taught us that “revolution is not a one-time event”, that “what we do is more important than what we say”, and “that we have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society”. But what does collective liberation mean? What does the road to decolonisation look like?

Decolonisation of spaces, of streets, of bodies, of minds, of language, of laws, of financial, judicial, educational systems. Movements like Black Lives Matter (BLM) have commanded global attention in the wake of finally publicised stories of white supremacist oppression, and the hyperconnected, digital presence created by the pandemic which further spotlighted racial and classist injustices. BLM has found new audiences and activist communities, onlookers and protest tourists, pushbackers and racist counter-reactions.

Yet, we need to expand the lens, climate injustice, police brutality, mass incarceration of people of colour, xenophobia, all have intersecting roots and intersectional feminism can be a guiding compass towards healing of trauma, collective liberation and social justice.

Racism is still widely considered to be something that is perpetrated by individuals only. This is a harmful misconception that silences advocacy for the implementation of those systemic solutions we need in order to fight racism.

Following the lineage of badass women renegades, activist academic Emilia Roig alongside artist and somatic educator Camille Barton with guest host and guerrilla podcaster Carla Fernandes will examine the nuances in how patterns of violence are perpetuated, how black people, people of color, indigenous people and ethnic minorities have been dehumanised for centuries and how a narrative has been created that says that non-white lives are not as worthy as white ones.

“All Lives Matter” is a racist “dog whistle” phrase that dismisses, ignores, or denies that black lives which are being targeted, stigmatised, and marginalised, do indeed matter. Black Lives Matter is a call for protection and recognition and this often starts with an open, vulnerable and political conversation. Buckle up.

SPEAKER BIOS

EMILIA ROIG

Emilia is a political scientist with degrees from German and French universities. some of her work include the analys of processes of intersectional discrimination in the French and German labor markets for care and household services.

She founded the Center for Intersectional Justice and also worked with migrant women. In Academia, Emilia taught Intersectionality Theory, Postcolonial Studies and Critical Race Theory at the Humboldt University and the Free University of Berlin, and International and European Law at Jean Moulin University in Lyon. She also worked on Human Rights issues in different organizations in countries like Germany, Tanzania, Uganda, and Cambodia.
In February she published her book “Why we matter: das Ende der Unterdrückung” (the end of oppression).

Know more on www.aufbau-verlag.de/index.php/why-we-matter.html & www.intersectionaljustice.org/who-we-are/

CAMILLE BARTON

Camille is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and embodiment researcher, who uses afrofuturism to imagine creative interventions towards systems change. Camille is invested in breaking down the mind-body separation that is dominant in Western paradigms in order to create more space for flexible thinking, holistic healing and bridging across differences. For five years, Camille ran the Collective Liberation Project and developed a trauma informed approach to diversity and decolonisation work that centres the body and lived experience.

Camille is the head of Ecologies of Transformation (2021 – 2023), a temporary masters programme at Sandberg Institute, exploring how art making and embodiment can facilitate social change. Camille is currently researching grief on behalf of the Global Environments Network, creating a toolkit of embodied grief practices to support efforts for intersectional, ecological justice. Camille also works as an advisor for MAPS, ensuring that psychedelic assisted therapies will be accessible to global majority communities (POC) most harmed by the war on drugs.

More info on camillebarton.co.uk
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