I was part of the poetry evening scheduled at the end of an amazing conference engaging with a wide variety of critical academics and activists. I listened to some brilliant papers that actively challanged the normative forms of knowledge production we have all been subjected to at university and beyond.
The White Rose Critical Race and Ethnicities Network have been very busy developing critical academic spaces that are essential and necessary when surviving in a white institution. The papers presented yesterday helped me to push my critical thinking further in a way that is needed to ‘face the continued neo- liberalisation of these institutions and the structural inequalities and oppressions that trouble us all.’
My highlight was sharing a platform with Anthony Anaxagorou who was on form with his hard hitting spoken word and Hamja Ahsan who recited poetry created by his brother Talha Ahsan – an award winning poet wrongfully incarcerated without charge in the UK and then extradited to a US supermax prison. Please follow and share the links you can see in the photos.