Book presentation: Amplifying (Archival Textures)

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07 Jun at 20:00 | doors open: 19:30 | language: Dutch, English, sign language
Book presentation
In Dutch
In English
Perdu programme
Sign language

With: Anne Krul, Gloria Wekker, Jenny Mijnhijmer, Shira Wolfe, Setareh Noorani, Tabea Nixdorff, Tineke E. Jansen. Host: Anne Bosveld.

For deaf and hard of hearing visitors, there will be a sign interpreter present during the event.

This evening will celebrate the book Amplifying, which is the first title in the publication series Archival Textures. Contributing authors, translators and editors will read excerpts and enter conversation about writings of the past that can inform our current vocabularies of resistance and solidarity.

Amplifying brings together written manifestations—poems, letters, political pamphlets, essays—that trace the beginnings of Black feminism in the Netherlands. ‘Amplifying’ means giving credit to, mentioning, over and over, and supporting the circulation of sources and authors that are formative for our thinking and practices. It also means putting in the ‘extra effort’ to seek out voices that are not immediately within reach as their recognition has been compromised by structural forces of oppression.
In the early 1980s, the political term “black” (“zwart” in Dutch) was introduced in the Netherlands to build alliances between women from different diasporic communities who were faced with racism in their everyday lives. Archival materials featured in this book include the original manuscript of the essay Survivors: Portrait of the Group Sister Outsider (1986), written by Gloria Wekker in collaboration with the Black lesbian literary collective Sister Outsider; the seminal speech Statement of the Black Women’s Group (1983) by Julia da Lima; a contextualizing interview with Tineke E. Jansen and Mo Salomon (1984); excerpts from the book launch of Philomena Essed’s Everyday Racism (1984); and ephemera authored by other Black feminist groups in the Netherlands, such as Zwarte Vrouwen & Racisme, Flamboyant, Ashanti, and Groep Zwarte Vrouwen Nijmegen.

These materials were researched at the collections of the International Archive for the Women’s Movement (IAV) at Atria, Institute on Gender Equality and Women’s History in Amsterdam. They are framed by an introductory essay by Setareh Noorani and Tabea Nixdorff as well as an intergenerational roundtable conversation. Translations into English and Dutch (the roundtable conversations were held as a multilingual space) are provided by Jenny Mijnhijmer, Tirsa With, Canan Marasligil and Shira Wolfe.

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Funded by the Creative Industries Fund NL.