Keynote Speakers

Linton Kwesi Johnson

 

Linton was born in 1952 in Chapelton, Clarendon, Jamaica. He came to London in 1963, went to Tulse Hill secondary school and later studied Sociology at Goldsmiths' College, University of London. He was a member of the Black Panthers, and developed his work with Rasta Love, a group of poets and drummers. In 1977 he was awarded a C Day Lewis Fellowship, becoming the writer-in residence for Lambeth. He then worked at the Keskidee Centre, the first home of Black theatre and art. In 1974 Race Today published Johnson’s first collection of poetry, Voices of the Living and the Dead. He has had four more books published and in 2002 became only the second living poet and the first black poet to have his work included in Penguin’s Modern Classics series, under the title Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems. Johnson’s first album, Dread Beat An Blood was released in 1978, and since then he has released 14 more albums, including LKJ Live in Paris in 2004, a CD and DVD celebrating his 25th anniversary as a reggae recording artist.  Linton Kwesi Johnson has been running his own record label, LKJ Records, since 1981.

Aparecida de Jesus Ferreira

Aparecida de Jesus Ferreira started her career as an elementary and secondary school teacher in Brazil. She has a doctorate from the University Of London, UK. She studied for a postdoctoral qualification at King’s College London (University of London) from February 2014 to January 2015. She is a Professor and Associate Researcher at the Ponta Grossa State University (UEPG), Paraná, Brazil and she currently teaches in the Languages course at undergraduate, MA and PhD levels. Dr Ferreira has published thirteen books in Brazil and has also published one book in the United States.

Aurora Vergara Figueroa

 

Aurora is a professor of Sociology and the director of the Afro-diasporic Studies Centre (CEAF) at Universidad Icesi in Cali/Colombia. She is also the author of the forthcoming book Afro-descendant Resistance to Deracination in Colombia: Massacre at Bellavista-Bojayá-Chocó (Palgrave Macmillan).

Juliet Hooker

Juliet is Professor of Political Science at Brown University. She is a political theorist specializing in multiculturalism, racial justice, Latin American political thought, Black political thought, and Afro-descendant and indigenous politics in Latin America. Her publications include Race and the Politics of Solidarity (Oxford, 2009) and Theorizing Race in the Americas: Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, and Vasconcelos (Oxford, 2017), and numerous journal articles and chapters in edited volumes. Her most recent publications are a co-edited special issue of the journal South Atlantic Quarterly on “After #Ferguson. After #Baltimore: The Challenge of Black Death and Black Life for Black Political Thought” and an article on “Black Protest/White Grievance: On the Problem of White Political Imaginations Not Shaped by Loss,” South Atlantic Quarterly 116, vol. 3 (2017): p. 483-504.

 

Monica G. Moreno Figueroa

Monica is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Her research, teaching and publications have developed around three main topics: the lived experience of ‘race’ and racism with a focus on Mexico and Latin America; feminist theory and the interconnections between beauty, emotions and racism; and visual methodologies and applied research collaborations. Mónica has lectured at Newcastle, Princeton, Nottingham Universities, Goldsmiths, Birkbeck College, and El Colegio de Mexico. At Cambridge, Monica has established the provision for teaching on race and racism, as well as intersectional and transnational approaches to social issues relating to race, gender and class oppressions.  

Mitchell Esajas

Mitchell is co-founder and chair of New Urban Collective, a social enterprise with the mission to strengthen the socioeconomic position of youths with a migrant background, especially those of African descent. He obtained a master’s degree in in Social and Cultural Anthropology and a master’s degree in Business Administration and works as a program manager of the master’s Medical, Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. In addition, he organizes education, empowerment and advocacy programs for youths, students and young professionals from diverse cultural backgrounds in Amsterdam.

Ylva Habel

Ylva Habel is a senior lecturer in media and communication studies at Södertörn University. Between 2017 and 2019 she is on leave to work as senior research fellow specializing in antiblack racism at CEMFOR, Center for Multidisciplinary Research on Racism, Uppsala University. Habel has a background as cinema studies scholar, and her interdisciplinary research includes Black and Afrodiasporic studies, intersectional, critical whiteness studies and postcolonial perspectives. Her most recent research interest revolves around exceptionalist affective economies mainstream media dialogue, and will try to tease out discursive affinities between contemporary Swedish and Dutch cultural debates on antiblack racism. 

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