The Open Culture Feminist Café is proud to host Stella Nyanzi in an event themed after one of her poetry books, “No Roses From My Mouth.’’
Stella Nyanzi is a Ugandan academic, activist, artist, and agitator currently living in Germany, where she is a scholarship holder in the Writers-in-Exile program at the PEN Zentrum Deutschland. She has a PhD from the University of London in medical anthropology, with a specialty in human sexualities. Her research focuses on family planning, sexual sub-cultures, masculinities, and queer African studies. She self-identifies as a radical queer African feminist scholar and activist.
Her activism focuses on menstrual poverty, women’s subjugation, and LGBTIQA+ rights in homophobic contexts. She writes dissident poetry critical of the government failures of president Yoweri Museveni. The writing of this poetry led to her being arrested, charged, convicted, and sentenced to eighteen months in a maximum security prison.
Stella Nyanzi’s radical activism offers a powerful method of how to resist patriarchy, authoritarianism, imperialism, neocolonialism, and other systems of oppression. Her work continues to be instrumental in African feminist studies, feminist activism, and feminist movements around the world.
This Open Culture Feminist Café event will highlight Stella's work, and we will learn more about her continued resistance while in exile. She will also read a selection of poems from her books, as writing poems is an integral part of her fight against oppression and her way of inspiring a revolution.
Date: Friday, December 9, 2022
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Open Culture Space, Knobelsdorffstr. 22, 14059 Berlin
Curated and moderated by: Blen Gebrehiwot Desta
This event will be held in English
Hosted by: r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH
Funded by: Partnerschaft für Demokratie Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
In collaboration with: Kiez gegen Rassismus and Kiezverein
Free admission, but registration is required due to limited space.
#OCFC - Full Program
5:30 pm - doors open
6:30 pm - Intro by Blen Gebrehiwot Desta, African feminist, initiator & curator of the Open Culture Feminist Café
6:35 pm - 7:00 pm - Conversation with Stella Nyanzi, a Ugandan academic, activist, artist, and agitator currently living in Germany, where she is a scholarship holder in the Writers-in-Exile program at the PEN Zentrum Deutschland
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Poetry reading by Stella Nyanzi
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Open discussion with the participants
8:00 pm - Closing words + time to network.