Sat 4 July, 5pm
Online Event - link to join coming soon!
A discussion session with scholar and editor of Burn it Down! Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution, Breanne Fahs and writer Lola Olufemi, focussing on selected manifestos in this landmark collection spanning four generations of feminist activism and writing. Burn It Down! is a window on historical feminist thought, providing a prompt to consider contemporary activisms.
Manifestos featured include “Dyke Manifesto” by the Lesbian Avengers, “The Manifesto of Apocalyptic Witchcraft” by Peter Grey, “Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female” by Frances M. Beal, “Zapatista Women’s Revolutionary Laws” and “Riot Grrrl Manifesto” by Bikini Kill among many more.
Texts from the publication are discussed alongside excerpts from Olufemi’s latest publication, Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power, which remakes the case that feminism is a radical tool we can use to transform the world for everyone. Olufemi makes the case against neoliberalism, emphasising the link between feminism and grassroots organising, exploring issues of state violence, reproductive justice, transmisogyny, gendered Islamophobia and solidarity with global struggles.
This event is part of the series Feminist Resistance: Strategies for the 21st Century, in partnership with the publishing house Verso to mark their 50th anniversary.
Lola Olufemi is a black feminist writer, organiser and researcher from London. Her work focuses on the uses of the feminist imagination and its relationship with futurity. She is author of Feminism Interrupted: Disrupting Power (2020) and a member of ‘bare minimum’, an interdisciplinary anti-work arts collective.
Breanne Fahs is Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. She is the author of Performing Sex, Valerie Solanas, Out for Blood, and Firebrand Feminism, and co-editor of The Moral Panics of Sexuality, and Transforming Contagion. She is the Founder and Director of the Feminist Research on Gender and Sexuality Group at Arizona State University and also works as a Clinical Psychologist