19.9: Lunch Knowledge Shot A fleur de peau

jeudi, 19. septembre 2019 12:30 - 13:30

Are you interested in feminism and gender related topics? Are you hungry for new ideas and knowledge?
Then don’t miss our Lunch Knowledge Shots!
CID Fraen and Gender wants to promote feminist and gender related research and make it accessible to every interested person. The Lunch Knowledge Shots take place at our library from 12.30 till 13.30. They consist of a 30 minutes presentation followed by a 30 minutes Q&A session and an open discussion. CID provides water and coffee. Don’t hesitate to bring your sandwich/snack.

19 september 2019
Name and grade of the researcher: Mélissandre Varin, 1st year PhD candidate – University of Luxembourg/ Warwick University.
Language of the presentation: English
Title of the dissertation: A fleur de peau: The politics of (in)visibility, the case of French Black mixed race individuals, dissecting a hyper-visible Black skin that silences the mosaic of multicultural heritages.

My PhD project brings together the postcolonial body and decolonial methodologies to reconsider what doing research could mean.
I have been made to believe that Western systems of knowledge were the only way forward. I am only starting to deconstruct this fact – (re)thinking knowledge as socially and historically constructed. I share a claim articulated by the Nigerian Feminist Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí, individuals with African diasporic identity must be studied in their own terms (2005).
I have noticed that nothing was easy – neither about exposing the self – nor about reaching one’s own narratives to engage in (auto)ethnography.
“The more I read.
The less I know. You know.
I do – I don’t.”
(Framing refraining fragmentations, melissandre, 2019)
I am trying to find my own way. In this context, I would like to share with you a moment, some of the audiovisual materials I produced as part of my practice-as-research, and a coffee.

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