2023 Black Feminist Health Collaboratory: CFP
I am writing to share the Call for Participation for the 2023 Black Feminist Health Collaboratory that I am co-organizing alongside an amazing group of folks in Houston May 19-21, 2023, building on the inaugural event created by fellow medical anthropologists Profs. Ugo Edu and Adeola Oni-Orisan two years ago. The theme for this year is "Radical Health Futures."
Please share amongst your networks. In addition to scholars, we are also hoping to engage activists, artists, organizers, and people who are committed to engaging Black feminist methodologies toward health, healing, and wellness creatively.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out directly.
2023 Black Feminist Health Collaboratory: Radical Health Futures
Call for Participation
The second Black Feminist Health (BFH) Collaboratory will focus on the theme of Radical Health Futures. Our aim for the collaboratory is to work together to intervene in the present state of Black people’s health by moving away from scarcity and survival toward a holistic, community-built and love-centered definition of health and wellness for people of African descent. This year's collaboratory asks:
We are holding the in-person, hybrid collaboratory on May 19-21, 2023 in Houston because of how the city and Texas more broadly are pivotal for understanding the nuances of Black people’s health today, including climate change, reproductive rights, protecting transgender people's right to health care, and immigration. Despite the inequalities that Black people disproportionately bear, we also recognize the regional history of the area as playing an integral role in Black people’s geographies of freedom in the United States, most notably for emancipation, as commemorated by the Juneteenth celebrations that originated in Galveston.
We invite proposals from activists, scholars, artists, community organizers, and public intellectuals engaged in thought, action, and knowledge production that attends to Black Feminist Radical Health Futures around the following themes:
We will hold multiple session formats as follows:
In the spirit of collectivity, collaboration, and shared liberation, we ask that all collaboratory attendees participate in one or more of the ways listed above. The space will not be open to those wishing to observe only. You may choose to participate in more than one way and we encourage it!
Please submit a 250-word abstract, 100-word bio, and a 250-word statement on how you and your work engages with Black feminist theory or praxis here. The submission deadline for abstracts is January 9, 2023 at 11:59pm PST.
Contact the 2023 BFHC Co-Chairs (Victoria M. Massie & Nalubega Ross) at bfhcollaboratory@... with questions, support, or collaborative interests. Follow us at @bfhcollab on twitter, @blackfeministcollab on Instagram.
I want to begin by saying thank you to those who expressed interest and support for the 2023 Black Feminist Health Collaboratory Call for Participation.
However, based on unforeseen circumstances, and with careful consideration, my Co-Chair, Nalubega Ross, and I have decided to step down and will no longer be organizing the event.
If you would like to learn more about what is next for the 2023 BFHC, please reach out to Adeola Oni-Orisan and Ugo Edu, the Co-Directors for the Collaboratory for Black Feminist Health & Healing, of which the BFHC is a project, at bfhcollaboratory@....--
Dr. Victoria M. Massie (she/her/hers)
Department of Anthropology
Faculty Affiliate, Medical Humanities Program
Faculty Affiliate, Center for African & African American Studies
Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
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