Our next session will be on Wednesday 23rd June, 7.30-9.30pm on Zoom (contact us for details).
We will discuss Lola Olufemi’s Feminism, Interrupted – Disrupting Power. This will be the first in a series of three texts in a series on Feminism, also featuring Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde (July 21st), and Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation by Silvia Federici (August 18th). Full details for those sessions will be added to the website ASAP.
This is an online event, which will be held via Zoom. For Zoom details, which we keep private to group members, please contact us. Stroud Radical Reading Group events are free to attend. Please contact us about any accessibility requirements.
We aim to make the sessions a welcoming space for anyone interested in the topic, you do not need to have a university education or have ever been to a reading group before, and we welcome people who have not read the book but would like to listen! Please contact us if you have any questions.
For this session, if you do not read the book, or are interested in additional material, please take a look at one or more of the below:
- “Why imagination is the most powerful tool that feminists have at our disposal” (published in gal-dem, 26th March 2020)
- “Poor Mothers Do Not Have The Luxury Of Considering The Nutritional Value Of Food” (published in refinery29, 19th March 2020)
- Episode of Pluto Press (publishers of the book) Podcast, Radicals in Conversation, hosted by Lola Olufemi (embedded below) and featuring Jade Bentil, a black feminist historian and PhD researcher at the University of Oxford, and author of the forthcoming book, Rebel Citizen: A History of Black Women Living, Loving and Resisting (2021); and Gail Lewis, a black feminist and former Reader in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College.
- Video of book launch featuring Lola Olufemi (embedded below), with ABC collective member Chantelle Fagan, and Christine Katerere of collective SheAfriq in discussion of the book .
“More than just a slogan on a t-shirt, feminism is a radical tool for fighting back against structural violence and injustice. Feminism, Interrupted is a bold call to seize feminism back from the cultural gatekeepers and return it to its radical roots.
Lola Olufemi explores state violence against women, the fight for reproductive justice, transmisogyny, gendered Islamophobia and solidarity with global struggles, showing that the fight for gendered liberation can change the world for everybody when we refuse to think of it solely as women’s work. Including testimonials from Sisters Uncut, migrant groups working for reproductive justice, prison abolitionists and activists involved in the international fight for Kurdish and Palestinian rights, Olufemi emphasises the link between feminism and grassroots organising.
Reclaiming feminism from the clutches of the consumerist, neoliberal model, Feminism, Interrupted shows that when ‘feminist’ is more than a label, it holds the potential for radical transformative work.”Lola Olufemi is a black feminist writer and organiser from London. She facilitates workshops on feminism and histories of political organising in schools, universities and local communities. She is the co-author of A FLY Girl’s Guide to University: Being a Woman of Colour at Cambridge and Other Institutions of Power and Elitism (Verve Poetry Press, 2019).