Walidah Imarisha, The Liberated Archive

Published on January 19th, 2018


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Walidah Imarisha will discuss the role of community archives in telling community stories—and making sure that all stories are told. To explore and imagine '...What a truly liberated archive created by the people who are directly impacted, held by the people that are directly impacted, and used for the liberation and freedom of people who are directly impacted and therefore for all of us'.

Monday 5 February, 15:00-17:00
e-Lab (BG1), Turfdraagsterpad 9, Amsterdam
organised by Archival and Information Studies, University of Amsterdam and ASCA

Entrance free, but by reservation only, e-mail: adekker@uva.nl

 

Walidah Imarisha will discuss the role of community archives in telling community stories—and making sure that all stories are told. To explore and imagine ‘…What a truly liberated archive created by the people who are directly impacted, held by thepeople that are directly impacted, and used for the liberation and freedom of people who are directly impacted and therefore for all of us’.

 

Walidah Imarisha is a participant of Other Futures: Exploring New Perspectives through Science Fiction, a three-day multidisciplinary festival and the first-ever non-Western science fiction festival in the world. For the first time in the history of science fiction makers and thinkers from different disciplines and different parts of the world will explore the potentialities of the genre together with the public. Three days and nights of music, screenings, performances, readings, keynotes, debates, masterclasses and unexpected encounters with the works and their makers. In this first edition of the festival the themes will include decolonized futures, queer futures, resistant futures, indigenous futures, your futures, our futures. Other Futures will show different perspectives on the future through the lens of non-Western thinkers and builders.

Other Futures is from 2-4 February in the Melkweg and the Sugarfactory in Amsterdam, exhibition Creating Other Futures in the Melkweg Expo from 14 January – 11 February, and 1 February the symposium New Narratives for Climate Action at VondelCS, Amsterdam.

 

Walidah Imarisha (US) is a writer, spoken word artist, teacher and ‘rebel by reason’. Walidah was Lecturer in Stanford University’s Program of Writing and Rhetoric, she has also taught in Portland State University’s Black Studies Department, Oregon State University’s Women’s Studies Department and Southern New Hampshire University’s English Department. Together with adrienne maree brown, she compiled Octavia’s Brood, an anthology of science fiction stories about social justice. ‘Visionary science fiction’: radical science fiction that starts with real world experiences and imagines new ways of understanding and dealing with them. She is author of the poetry collection Scars/Stars, and the upcoming non fiction book on prisons Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison and Redemption. She has shared the stage and performed with Angela Davis, Amiri Baraka, Cornel West, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Kenny Muhammad of the Roots, Chuck D, Saul Williams, war resister Stephen Funk, Ani DiFranco, John Irving, dead prez and organizer and revolutionary Yuri Kochiyama. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including the hip hop anthology Total Chaos. She directed and co-produced the Katrina documentary Finding Common Ground in New Orleans.

 

Links:
Walidah Imarisha
Other Futures
ASCA
Archival and Information Studies, UvA

The lecture by Walidah Imarisha is made possible with the support of Other Futures, Archival and Information Studies, UvA and ASCA.


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