Inaugural Queen Nzinga Lecture.
Saturday 24 November 3pm to 6pm. This event will start at 3pm, latecomers will miss out and may not get a seat
Venue: Birkbeck University WC1 E 7HX (entrance on Torrington Square side), Tube Holborn/Russel Square,Tottenham Court Road click here for map and to book http://queennzingalectureseries-eac2.eventbrite.co.uk/?ebtv=C#
Admission free only if booked online via http://queennzingalectureseries-eac2.eventbrite.co.uk/?ebtv=C# Donations accepted on the day
Queen Nzinga was an African Queen who fought against the European invasion of southern Africa (Congo/Angola). The Queen Nzinga lecture series will feature African female academics / holders of expert knowledge, speaking on topics of their choice on a monthly basis. The Nzinga lecture series will provide a regular platform for women of African descent to highlight important issues in an academic setting. Our first lecture will be a double bill featuring Kandace Chimbiri and Dr Michelle Asantewa.
Kandace Chimbiri will speak on Black Warrior Queens of Ancient Sudan. Dr Michelle Asantewa will speak on Black Womens Spirituality and Resistance in English Literature.
Dr Michelle Asantewa will speak on Black Women Spirituality: The Power of Resistance.
Dr Asantewa will highlight several British literary representations of black women who used spiritual practices during slavery/colonialism to resist. Tituoba/Tituba is a black female agitator, cast aside by patriarchal history, who was accused as one of the Salem Witches and condemned to death. She confessed that she was a witch and was let free whilst her white female counterparts were killed. In Wide Sargasso Sea (which links to the British classic Jane Eyre) there is a reference to African Spirituality as a power used by Christophine that destabilises the patriarchal "Rochester" character. There will be a Q and A after both talks