I am participating in an exciting global conversation on 8 April 2021 that is set to disrupt thinking about the media and its potential for good and bad. We are witnessing a global conflict, where the past is now one of the hottest culture-war battlefields. Some say history is the target of an ideological crusade by the social justice movement. Others say we have long overlooked the role of race and slavery in our history – a lapse for which the current events are intended to compensate or at least atone. The often fierce debate leads to social tension, polarization and division. Amy Selwyn of ReNEWS will moderate this discussion on global trends and the role of the news media, and I will be joined by an array of global speakers. Get your tickets now: https://joinrenews.com/journalism-and-history/

JOIN US: APRIL 8, 2021
10:00 – 11:30 EDT / 15:00 – 16:30 BST / 16:00 – 17:30 CEST

In March 2021, I facilitated a press conference with forcibly sterilized HIV positive women. The heartbreaking stories shared by these women have stayed with me – the ways in which patriarchy and medical paternalism have stripped these women of their agency, only because they have HIV speaks to the stigma women with HIV still face to this day. It is also a stark reminder of why we must defend the rights of women. Even on operating tables, we need to protect women against narratives that continue to undermine women’s rights and bodily autonomy. I salute the work being done by Her Rights Initiative SA and Positive Women’s Network who have been fighting for the women to be recognized and compensated by the state, and ensuring that every women can say #MyBodyMyWombMyRightMyDecision.

Exploding the Container – a panel discussion with filmmaker Orson Nava on anti-racist praxis & the relationship between filmmaker & subject

The BAFTSS Practice Research SIG, in association with the UWE Moving Image Research Group, presents the fourth in a series of seminars exploring how academic filmmakers situate their practice as research. Decolonial theory has problematised the concept of ‘inclusion,’ arguing instead for the radical transformation of the dominant hegemonic institutions or ‘containers’. This panel will reflect on the role theory informed film practice can play in anti-racist praxis, and the complex relationship between filmmaker and film subject. In this seminar Dr Orson Nava will show excerpts from his documentaries Multicology? and `Decolonising the Curatorial Process and discuss them with academics/ activists who appear in the films, Asanda Ngoasheng and Anamik Saha (Goldsmiths).

Gender-based violence (GBV) is often misunderstood as individual acts motivated by sexist and homophobic prejudice, rather than as a consequence of systems built on exclusionary and discriminatory ideologies. It is necessary for men, as the primary beneficiaries and upholders of these systems, to better understand the causes and effects of patriarchy and white supremacy. In doing so, men position themselves to be drivers of change. The question is, beyond mitigating interpersonal GBV, how can men end the culture that normalises the exclusion and oppression of women and Queer people?