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CURRICULUM 006: WORKSHOP: Nydia A. Swaby on Black Feminist Archives
Sat 9 Nov 2019, 2–4pm
Past event

CURRICULUM 006: WORKSHOP: Nydia A. Swaby on Black Feminist Archives

Black feminist scholar Nydia A. Swaby leads an experimental research workshop on the black feminist archives held in south London.

Sifting through material Swaby has collected from Black Cultural Archives and The Feminist Library, we will examine the creation and curation of a black British feminist narrative in the archive.

Learn how each repository documents the emergence of the black women’s movement and preserves this legacy for future generations.

Explore the relevance of the word ‘diaspora’ to describe the physical location of these archives, the key issues it represents, and how we can begin to approach the material contained therein.


The event will be audio-recorded and documented live by London-based Illustrator Olivia Twist. The transcribed conversation and accompanying illustration will be published in the CURRICULUM display and collated in a new publication, CURRICULUM FOR COLLECTIVE PRACTICE.

This event is part of CURRICULUM, an evolving live programme and display by Narration Group, exploring ideas of collective practice.


Nydia A. Swaby is a historian and ethnographer working at the intersection of black feminism, archives, and contemporary culture. She has a PhD in gender studies and specialises in theories of race and racialisation, migration and diasporas, and queer theory of colour. Swaby’s research explores the feminist futures of the black diaspora, with a particular focus on black feminism in the UK. She is a member of The Politics of Pleasure, a multidisciplinary black feminist collective investigating how black women engage in pleasure as a politics of refusal. Swaby is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, University of London. She is also a member of the editorial collective for the journal Feminist Review.


  • Seating is available in the room.
  • There is an introduction and welcome from 2–2.15pm, followed by the workshop from 2.15–4pm.
  • Ear plugs, ear defenders, magnifying glasses and wheelchairs are all available.
  • The room may be busy.

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