Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


VIRTUAL Creaction 3: 'better to speak, remembering' (after Audre Lorde)

13 July 2021, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

sparks of light, photo by Eric Han on Unsplash

In these sessions, participants will respond in various ways to their session title and to the ‘keywords’ of borders / discipline(s) / social justice / trans-formations. They will also discuss their creative critical processes.

This event is free.

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Institute of Advanced Studies

With Lola Olufemi / Gülkan “Noir” & Gizem Oruç / Elmira and Ramona Zadissa

All are welcome. The event will run on Zoom. The link and passcode will be provided on your confirmation email when you register. Register to attend at: https://ias-creaction-remembering.eventbrite.co.uk

In the Creaction series (funded by a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship)  we are bringing together performers, artists, writers, including academics, all of whom see their work as focussing on social justice. There are many inspirations for this work, including Azeezat Johnson, Remi Joseph-Salisbury and Beth Kamunge's The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence and we have been exploring these issues in hakan sandal-wilson’s seminar series titled ‘Methods in Question: Epistemologies of Gender and Sexuality’, including this conversation between hakan and Natasha Tanna on the politics of writing, and Abeyamí Ortega's work on mapping art, activism and critical thinking for social justice, in collaboration with artist and editor Frédérique Bangerter.  

Our ethos includes a focus on:

  • Politically-engaged/social justice work that decentres or questions conventional scholarly forms 
  • Centring creativity, pleasure, and joy in knowledge production, even when working with difficult and painful issues, in order to counter the spectacle of violence towards racialised bodies
  • Addressing hierarchies of knowledge production and knowledge producers and bridging academia/activist/creative divide
  • Questioning what ‘rigour’ means and how the term is deployed
  • Thinking about experimental, creative, and collaborative ways of doing research, even when not technically doing what might be considered practice-based research

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance on the day, and follow this FAQ link for more information and to read our virtual events code of conduct. All of our events are free, but you can support the IAS here.


Image credit: Photo by Eric Han on Unsplash


About the Speakers

Lola Olufemi

Writer, organiser and researcher

Lola Olufemi is a black feminist writer, organiser and researcher from London. She holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London. Her work focuses on the uses of the feminist imagination and its relationship with futurity. She is co-author of A FLY Girl’s Guide to University (2019), author of Feminism Interrupted: Disrupting Power (2020), a member of ‘bare minimum’, an interdisciplinary anti-work arts collective and the recipient of the techne AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership between The Stuart Hall Foundation, CREAM and Westminster School of Arts. 

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Gülkan “Noir”

Poet, Author, Translator, Editor, Artist

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Gizem Oruç

Musician, producer, audio-visual artist and tech professional

Gizem Oruç (they/them/theirs) is a musician, producer, audio-visual artist and tech professional based in Berlin. Besides producing and performing electronic dance music under the alias 6zm, they are involved in trans-feminist collectives, including the Turkish pop / r’n’b / arabesque band Gazino Neukölln and the queer-DIY project space Raumerweiterungshalle. Gizem gives poc oriented sound and music production related workshops, speeches; coordinates/curates events; collaborates as composer and sound designer; and works as technician and technical project developer.

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Elmira and Ramona Zadissa


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