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Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 11
Gender Justice in Digital Realms
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Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 1 + Opening circle: The Library as a Site of Initiation
Opening circle: The Library as a Site of Initiation
November 22, 2023
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Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 1 + Postcards from a Progressive Present
Postcards from a Progressive Present
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Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony: Awakening the Future
April 9, 2024
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Postcards from a Progressive Present
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Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 1
Dig.IT.all Kinship: Foundations of Digital Relations
4
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Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 2 + Sobonfu, Keeper of the Rituals
Sobonfu, Keeper of the Rituals
November 23, 2023
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Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 2 + Life-affirming Infrastructures
Life-affirming Infrastructures
4
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Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 2
Resounding Voices: Revolutionary Expressions in Art and Music
April 17, 2024
4
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Life-affirming Infrastructures
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Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 2
Cykofa Narration
4
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Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 3 + Intimacy as A Spiritual Practice
Intimacy as A Spiritual Practice
November 29, 2023
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Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 3 + Beyond Whiteness: Designing to Remember Ourselves
Beyond Whiteness: Designing to Remember Ourselves
4
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Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 3
Pan-African Mythologies and the Matriarchal Spirit
April 17, 2024
4
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Completed
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Beyond Whiteness: Designing to Remember Ourselves
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Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 3
Algorithms, Power and Race
4
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Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 4 + The Ash Circle of Intimacy: Conflict Resolution as Ceremony
The Ash Circle of Intimacy: Conflict Resolution as Ceremony
November 16, 2023
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Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 4 + Imagining Otherwise: Countering Carceral Fictions with Abolitionist Realities
Imagining Otherwise: Countering Carceral Fictions with Abolitionist Realities
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Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 4
Humanity Beyond Binaries
April 24, 2024
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Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 4
Artificial Intelligence, Art & Social Inquiry
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Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Mythmaking and The Poetics of African Spirituality
Mythmaking and The Poetics of African Spirituality
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Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 5 + Approximating Realities: Shifting Power and Territories Through Fiction
Approximating Realities: Shifting Power and Territories Through Fiction
4
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Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 5
Crafting Futures: African-Descendant Women as Architects of Change
May 1, 2024
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Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 5
human Rights & Digital Justice
4
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Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 6 + Beyond What is Known: Embracing Uncertainty and Redefining Value in an Ever-changing World
Beyond What is Known: Embracing Uncertainty and Redefining Value in an Ever-changing World
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Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 6
African Traditions of Sex and Sexualities
May 8, 2024
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Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 6
Building Diasporic Connections
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Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 7
Writing Ourselves: The Power of Storytelling
May 15, 2024
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Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 7
Building an Afro-feminist Internet
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Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 8
Inscribed Identities: Exploring Body Markings and Expression in African Women's Lives
May 22, 2024
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Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 8
Ethical Design
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Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 9
Unravelling Fear and African Feminist Imagination
May 22, 2024
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Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 9
Workshop: African Imagination and Technology Design
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Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 10
Fostering Wellness and Resilience in Women
May 29, 2024
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Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 10
Care & Community in Digital Interfaces
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Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 11
Re-creating Ourselves Workshop
May 29, 2024
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Opening circle: The Library as a Site of Initiation
Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 1 + Opening circle: The Library as a Site of Initiation
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Postcards from a Progressive Present
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 1 + Postcards from a Progressive Present
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Opening Ceremony: Awakening the Future
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Opening Ceremony
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Dig.IT.all Kinship: Foundations of Digital Relations
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 1
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Sobonfu, Keeper of the Rituals
Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 2 + Sobonfu, Keeper of the Rituals
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Life-affirming Infrastructures
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 2 + Life-affirming Infrastructures
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Resounding Voices: Revolutionary Expressions in Art and Music
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 2
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Intimacy as A Spiritual Practice
Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 3 + Intimacy as A Spiritual Practice
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Beyond Whiteness: Designing to Remember Ourselves
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 3 + Beyond Whiteness: Designing to Remember Ourselves
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Pan-African Mythologies and the Matriarchal Spirit
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 3
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Beyond Whiteness: Designing to Remember Ourselves
[test] Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 3 + Beyond Whiteness: Designing to Remember Ourselves Copy
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Algorithms, Power and Race
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 3
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The Ash Circle of Intimacy: Conflict Resolution as Ceremony
Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 4 + The Ash Circle of Intimacy: Conflict Resolution as Ceremony
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Imagining Otherwise: Countering Carceral Fictions with Abolitionist Realities
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 4 + Imagining Otherwise: Countering Carceral Fictions with Abolitionist Realities
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Humanity Beyond Binaries
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 4
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Artificial Intelligence, Art & Social Inquiry
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 4
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Mythmaking and The Poetics of African Spirituality
Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Mythmaking and The Poetics of African Spirituality
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Approximating Realities: Shifting Power and Territories Through Fiction
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 5 + Approximating Realities: Shifting Power and Territories Through Fiction
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Crafting Futures: African-Descendant Women as Architects of Change
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 5
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human Rights & Digital Justice
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 5
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Beyond What is Known: Embracing Uncertainty and Redefining Value in an Ever-changing World
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 6 + Beyond What is Known: Embracing Uncertainty and Redefining Value in an Ever-changing World
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African Traditions of Sex and Sexualities
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 6
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Building Diasporic Connections
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 6
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Writing Ourselves: The Power of Storytelling
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 7
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Building an Afro-feminist Internet
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 7
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Inscribed Identities: Exploring Body Markings and Expression in African Women's Lives
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 8
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Unravelling Fear and African Feminist Imagination
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 9
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Workshop: African Imagination and Technology Design
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 9
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Fostering Wellness and Resilience in Women
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 10
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Care & Community in Digital Interfaces
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 10
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Re-creating Ourselves Workshop
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 11
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Opening circle: The Library as a Site of Initiation
Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 1 + Opening circle: The Library as a Site of Initiation
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Postcards from a Progressive Present
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 1 + Postcards from a Progressive Present
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Opening Ceremony: Awakening the Future
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Opening Ceremony
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Dig.IT.all Kinship: Foundations of Digital Relations
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 1
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Sobonfu, Keeper of the Rituals
Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 2 + Sobonfu, Keeper of the Rituals
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Life-affirming Infrastructures
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 2 + Life-affirming Infrastructures
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Resounding Voices: Revolutionary Expressions in Art and Music
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 2
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Intimacy as A Spiritual Practice
Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 3 + Intimacy as A Spiritual Practice
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Beyond Whiteness: Designing to Remember Ourselves
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 3 + Beyond Whiteness: Designing to Remember Ourselves
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Pan-African Mythologies and the Matriarchal Spirit
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 3
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Beyond Whiteness: Designing to Remember Ourselves
[test] Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 3 + Beyond Whiteness: Designing to Remember Ourselves Copy
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Algorithms, Power and Race
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 3
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The Ash Circle of Intimacy: Conflict Resolution as Ceremony
Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 4 + The Ash Circle of Intimacy: Conflict Resolution as Ceremony
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Imagining Otherwise: Countering Carceral Fictions with Abolitionist Realities
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 4 + Imagining Otherwise: Countering Carceral Fictions with Abolitionist Realities
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Humanity Beyond Binaries
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 4
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Artificial Intelligence, Art & Social Inquiry
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 4
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Mythmaking and The Poetics of African Spirituality
Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Mythmaking and The Poetics of African Spirituality
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Approximating Realities: Shifting Power and Territories Through Fiction
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 5 + Approximating Realities: Shifting Power and Territories Through Fiction
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Crafting Futures: African-Descendant Women as Architects of Change
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 5
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human Rights & Digital Justice
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 5
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Beyond What is Known: Embracing Uncertainty and Redefining Value in an Ever-changing World
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 6 + Beyond What is Known: Embracing Uncertainty and Redefining Value in an Ever-changing World
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African Traditions of Sex and Sexualities
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 6
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Building Diasporic Connections
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 6
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Writing Ourselves: The Power of Storytelling
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 7
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Building an Afro-feminist Internet
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 7
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Inscribed Identities: Exploring Body Markings and Expression in African Women's Lives
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 8
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Unravelling Fear and African Feminist Imagination
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 9
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Workshop: African Imagination and Technology Design
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 9
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Fostering Wellness and Resilience in Women
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 10
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Care & Community in Digital Interfaces
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 10
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Re-creating Ourselves Workshop
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 11
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 11
Gender Justice in Digital Realms
Chenai provides invaluable insights into public interest policy, civil society engagement, and the nuanced impacts of technology on women and gender-diverse individuals. Through this session, participants will understand the transformative potential of different types of interventions to support and sustain African feminist movements, leading the charge towards a more equitable and inclusive digital future.
Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 1 + Opening circle: The Library as a Site of Initiation
Opening circle: The Library as a Site of Initiation
November 22, 2023
In the first part of the course, we will ignite the first flames of our study circle by delving into the notion of 'initiation' in relation to epistemology while pushing the boundaries of what is considered real, true or a valid source of knowledge. A book and an unborn child can be altars of knowledge just like reading and ritual-making can be knowledge activation methods and practices.
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 1 + Postcards from a Progressive Present
Postcards from a Progressive Present
In this interactive session we will travel in time to any given moment in the future we desire for our selves, our land and our people. We will achieve this by first grounding ourselves in our bodies and in space and then reflecting on a number of questions that progress us into the energy of our desired future. Questions like who is the freest version of myself, what is my vision of communal love, what does it feel like to exist in a space that is thriving in abundance. We will paint a picture of the highest versions of our selves living in the highest versions of our communities and invite our selves in to inhabit this space. From here we will write and send postcards with messages of hope, joy, encouragement and support to our selves and our loved ones living in the reality of here and now. In this way we become emissaries of hope, astronauts voyaging into the dream space and returning with the tools needed for us to bring it to fruition.
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony: Awakening the Future
April 9, 2024
We set the stage for our journey with a captivating virutal performance by the Kukily AfroFeminist Arts Collective. As Xtræncestors from a future where black people live in abundance and pleasure, the collective invites us to explore our collective memory to envision a liberating future. This interactive session not only introduces the core spirit and guiding questions of the course but also provides a unique opportunity for participants to connect with one another, sharing dreams and intentions for the journey ahead.
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Postcards from a Progressive Present
In this interactive session we will travel in time to any given moment in the future we desire for our selves, our land and our people. We will achieve this by first grounding ourselves in our bodies and in space and then reflecting on a number of questions that progress us into the energy of our desired future. Questions like who is the freest version of myself, what is my vision of communal love, what does it feel like to exist in a space that is thriving in abundance. We will paint a picture of the highest versions of our selves living in the highest versions of our communities and invite our selves in to inhabit this space. From here we will write and send postcards with messages of hope, joy, encouragement and support to our selves and our loved ones living in the reality of here and now. In this way we become emissaries of hope, astronauts voyaging into the dream space and returning with the tools needed for us to bring it to fruition.
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 1
Dig.IT.all Kinship: Foundations of Digital Relations
Explore the profound connections we occasionally experience with strangers. What underlies these fleeting moments of kinship? Do they transcend physical spaces to manifest in digital realms? Can they be deliberately cultivated? We will delve into these questions and reflect on the role of digital platforms in shaping our connections, emphasizing the importance of holistic healing and liberation for people of Afrikan ancestry.
Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 2 + Sobonfu, Keeper of the Rituals
Sobonfu, Keeper of the Rituals
November 23, 2023
Our collective study is grounded and inspired by the teachings of ancestor Sobonfu Somé. In this session, we will learn about her and her people — the Dagara tribe of West Africa. By reflecting on her life and legacy as the “the keeper of rituals”, we will explore our own names and roles in community.
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 2 + Life-affirming Infrastructures
Life-affirming Infrastructures
From the belly of compounding crises, this conversation invites us to reimagine the precedents of what we grow - from institutions that sustain our current condition, to infrastructures rooted in our collective more-than-human accountabilities. We will position our collective imaginings as propositional - not just a critique of what should be dismantled, but as an opening to sit with what we build, the tools we use and how we organise. Drawing from Amahra's work, together, we will reflect on the type of systems demonstrators that affirm life and illustrate possibilities otherwise, beginning with Grandad's house
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 2
Resounding Voices: Revolutionary Expressions in Art and Music
April 17, 2024
Through a vibrant examination of contemporary art and music, Siphokazi guides us through the distorted narratives of African women's lives in South Africa's history. Siphokazi will explain how art serves not only as a reflection of society that unveils the distortive lens through which African women's stories have been told, but also offers a vibrant canvas for redefining African womanhood.
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Life-affirming Infrastructures
From the belly of compounding crises, this conversation invites us to reimagine the precedents of what we grow - from institutions that sustain our current condition, to infrastructures rooted in our collective more-than-human accountabilities. We will position our collective imaginings as propositional - not just a critique of what should be dismantled, but as an opening to sit with what we build, the tools we use and how we organise. Drawing from Amahra's work, together, we will reflect on the type of systems demonstrators that affirm life and illustrate possibilities otherwise, beginning with Grandad's house
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 2
Cykofa Narration
Ayana introduces the "Cykofa Narration" methodology, blending digital elements with storytelling to represent non-linear time. Through the integration of language, technology, and ecology, discover how Ayana fosters a practice that recalls forgotten histories while envisioning alternative modes of existence and interspecies relationships.
Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 3 + Intimacy as A Spiritual Practice
Intimacy as A Spiritual Practice
November 29, 2023
The embers of our metaphorical fire crackle and with them, we will share our ideas on intimacy which in turn will be enriched by the Dagara’s conception of intimacy. What is it ? How does it manifest itself ? What purpose does it serve ?
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 3 + Beyond Whiteness: Designing to Remember Ourselves
Beyond Whiteness: Designing to Remember Ourselves
In this session, Jacquelyn will unveil the entanglement of design with the stronghold of whiteness, beckoning us to break free from its grasp and embark on a transformative quest of self-remembering. Through thoughtful inquiry into how design shapes our sense of self and society, we will re-imagine what is possible when we reclaim our right to be seen, heard and centred. Jacquelyn will invite us to reclaim design from the places where our histories, cultures and agency have been obscured. To craft liberating spaces and a world that embraces the vibrant hues of our authentic identities and fuels our wellbeing.
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 3
Pan-African Mythologies and the Matriarchal Spirit
April 17, 2024
Guided by Buki Fadipe, we delve into the heart of Afro-spiritual traditions, mythologies and archetypes, uncovering their profound influence on African-descendant and diasporic women's navigation of the world. Buki will uncover the rich tapestry of pan-African spiritual cosmologies, deeply rooted in matriarchal societies—both real and mythical—that once presided over social order and justice. Spotlighting the diverse breadth of feminine mythologies from the Mami Wata archetypes, the Siblys prophetesses of the classical world and the Àjé wielding cosmic mothers of the Yoruba tradition and beyond. This class will confront the colonial erasure and suppression that have obscured these powerful narratives. Examining the rise of patriarchal power and its lasting scars on the collective feminine psyche, including gender biases and the reshaping of socio-political dynamics.
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Beyond Whiteness: Designing to Remember Ourselves
In this session, Jacquelyn will unveil the entanglement of design with the stronghold of whiteness, beckoning us to break free from its grasp and embark on a transformative quest of self-remembering. Through thoughtful inquiry into how design shapes our sense of self and society, we will re-imagine what is possible when we reclaim our right to be seen, heard and centred. Jacquelyn will invite us to reclaim design from the places where our histories, cultures and agency have been obscured. To craft liberating spaces and a world that embraces the vibrant hues of our authentic identities and fuels our wellbeing.
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 3
Algorithms, Power and Race
Professor Ezekiel Dixon-Roman delves into the intricate connections between technology, race, and decolonization, emphasizing the persisting colonial and racial biases in technological systems. It critiques the use of AI in reinforcing hierarchies, explores the need for decolonizing algorithms and promoting radical openness in technology development to disrupt dominant structures and embrace diverse perspectives within algorithmic governance.
Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Lesson 4 + The Ash Circle of Intimacy: Conflict Resolution as Ceremony
The Ash Circle of Intimacy: Conflict Resolution as Ceremony
November 16, 2023
We will identify our types of relationship based on Dagara belief systems and learn about rituals that pacify the heart and serve as intention-setting tools for healthy and effective communication and conflict resolution.
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 4 + Imagining Otherwise: Countering Carceral Fictions with Abolitionist Realities
Imagining Otherwise: Countering Carceral Fictions with Abolitionist Realities
In a world deeply entrenched in systems of power and oppression, the relationship between design and power becomes a critical lens through which we can challenge and transform the status quo. This session invites participants to explore the intersections of design, power, and radical re-imagination in the context of a convergence of challenges such as mass incarceration, mass surveillance, municipal disinvestment, and poverty. Drawing from her groundbreaking body of work, "Making Room for Abolition," Lauren will demonstrate the power of design fiction in envisioning artifacts from worlds without police and prisons. By collectively shaping these imagined futures, we will advance our understanding of abolitionist realities and their transformative potential.
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 4
Humanity Beyond Binaries
April 24, 2024
In this class, Hakima Abbas collaborates with Afro-transfeminists Puma Camille and Maria Clara Araújo dos Passos to explore the intersections of Afro-trans femininity and the expansive scope of human identity beyond the gender binary. Together, they will delve into the nuanced experiences and contributions of Afro-trans individuals within feminist movements and broader society, shedding light on the significance of recognizing and honouring humanity in all its diversity.
Meeting Our Griots: Sobonfu Somé + Mythmaking and The Poetics of African Spirituality
Mythmaking and The Poetics of African Spirituality
On this journey of ancestral remembering and listening, we filled our medicine bag with stories that restore timeless wisdom on the sacredness of existence and on our infinite interconnectedness with all things alive: with spirit. In this final week, we are invited to bring our own twigs, branches and logs to the fireplace to revive its flames and to spell new myths on African spirituality rooted in care and collective dreaming.
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 5 + Approximating Realities: Shifting Power and Territories Through Fiction
Approximating Realities: Shifting Power and Territories Through Fiction
How can we use storytelling and worldbuilding to seek belonging for The Othered in fractured geographies and an increasingly elusive future? Through a process of mythmaking and digital worldbuilding, we can begin to conceive emancipatory futures and situated technocultures for Africa and her diaspora. Working outside the learned methods of formal architectural practice, Miriam’s process appropriates digital technologies and subverts myths and hegemonies in order to approximate realities that destabilize our dysfunctional present and allow us to consider multiplicities in worldviews and cosmologies.
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 5
Crafting Futures: African-Descendant Women as Architects of Change
May 1, 2024
In this class, we will reclaim memory and narrative, affirming the agency and impact of African-descendant women to societal transformation. Amina Doherty collaborates with Gesiye Souza-Okpofabri and Timiebi Souza-Okpofabri to explore compelling narratives and examples that illuminate the ingenuity, creativity, connections and transformative power African-descendant women hold in rewriting their stories and reshaping their communities.
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 5
human Rights & Digital Justice
Berhan introduces the intricate ties between digital kinship, rights, and justice in the African context and beyond. Explore the impacts of existing technology designs on these relationships and the existential challenges they present. Reflect upon the demands and responsibilities that principles of digital kinship place upon us concerning rights, justice, and connectivity. Consider how we can leverage digital platforms to challenge and overthrow systems that amplify inequality and marginalization.
Designing Africa and the Diaspora + Lesson 6 + Beyond What is Known: Embracing Uncertainty and Redefining Value in an Ever-changing World
Beyond What is Known: Embracing Uncertainty and Redefining Value in an Ever-changing World
In this thought-provoking session, Nu Goteh, invites us to challenge the conventional notions of certainty and stability in traditional roles, careers, and identities. We often encounter societal expectations that prioritize stability as a threshold for security and change. However, Nu urges us to critically examine the limitations imposed by desires which have their roots in histories of colonialism, apartheid, and experiences systems of domination and insecurity. We will collectively question the assigned value and constraints associated with these paths and perceptions, recognizing how they may hinder our potential as world-builders, creators, disruptors, and shapeshifters. Through critical analysis of the tensions between tradition, stability and uncertainty, this session invites us to reflect on prevailing paradigms and uncover the transformative power of embracing uncertainty, our unique roles in the social change ecosystem, and diverse trajectories.
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 6
African Traditions of Sex and Sexualities
May 8, 2024
In class, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah will introduce historical and cultural practices that have shaped African understandings of sexuality, highlighting the ways in which knowledge has traditionally been passed down through generations. Drawing from age-old rituals and practices, she will explore how these ancestral insights can inspire expansive models of feminine liberation and freedom today. This session offers a unique opportunity to reconnect with a more liberated and inclusive approach to discussing and embracing sexualities within African and Afro-diasporic communities.
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 6
Building Diasporic Connections
Delve deep into the evolution of relationships in the digital age. Explore how digital platforms have reshaped connections, enabling kinship-building among African and African diasporic communities. Additionally, understand how these platforms have been pivotal tools for political education and the pursuit of freedom in the African context.
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 7
Writing Ourselves: The Power of Storytelling
May 15, 2024
Chika Unigwe, an acclaimed novelist and professor of creative writing, will discuss the power of storytelling in representing the multifaceted experiences of African-descendant women. Chika will illuminate how stories can confront crises, challenge societal perceptions, and ultimately, contribute to the reshaping of identities. Discover and harness the strength of your own stories, learning how storytelling can not only represent lived experiences and foster a deeper sense of self, but also express nuances and truths about the world around you.
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 7
Building an Afro-feminist Internet
Neema Iyer enlightens us about the intersection of feminism and futurism in the realms of data and technology. Gain insights into the concept of an AfroFeminist Internet and discover feminist strategies that push for a more inclusive, equitable, and just technological landscape, where technology acts as a beacon of fairness and joy.
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 8
Inscribed Identities: Exploring Body Markings and Expression in African Women's Lives
May 22, 2024
In this visually stunning exploration, Jessica Horn and Laurence Sessou will traverse the traditional and contemporary realms of tattooing and scarification, revealing the deep connections between body markings, heritage, and the ways African women assert agency over their bodies and stories. In a discussion about their project, ‘the temple of her skin' Jessica and Laurence will explore the cultural significance, personal narratives, and artistic beauty of tattooing and scarification, offering insights into an often under-explored aspect of African women's expression and identity.
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 8
Ethical Design
Christina Harrington draws upon her extensive research and expertise to present design as a potent tool for promoting ethically responsible technological interactions, such as with ethical AI. Learn about the significance of community-centered research and speculative co-design methods. Christina will also introduce "Black-Centered Design," a transformative approach that encompasses cultural imaginaries and design thinking. This session underscores the potential of design to widen technology access and empower marginalized communities, promoting a more equitable future
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 9
Unravelling Fear and African Feminist Imagination
May 22, 2024
Pumla Dineo Gqola, renowned Chair for African Feminist Imagination at Nelson Mandela University, will delve into the intricate layers of feminist thought, literature, and liberation. Drawing upon her extensive body of work, including the pivotal texts "A Renegade Called Simphiwe," "Reflecting Rogue: Inside the Mind of a Feminist," and "Female Fear Factory," Pumla will guide participants through a profound exploration of the ways in which fear has been manufactured and utilised as a tool to suppress and control women's bodies and freedoms across history and cultures.
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 9
Workshop: African Imagination and Technology Design
Aisha invites world builders, dreamers, life makers and visionaries to relish in the contributions of our ancestors to digital existence, explore new digital realms cultivated by our desires and co-create digital landscapes reflecting African cosmologies and Pan African worldviews. Working with Achille Mbembe's essay on African Imagination of A Borderless World we will claim our right and responsibility to imagine and craft digital worlds as liberated zones where Black folks are thriving, joyful, sovereign and free.
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 10
Fostering Wellness and Resilience in Women
May 29, 2024
Drawing on her experiences in fostering mental, emotional, spiritual, and communal well-being, April-Autumn will share strategies for nurturing resilience and empowerment among women and girls. This class aims to ignite women's potential, celebrate female resilience, and contribute to the creation of strong, empowered individuals capable of sustaining themselves and enriching those around them.
Digital Kinship: Redefining Relationality in the Digital Age + Lesson 10
Care & Community in Digital Interfaces
Annika introduces us to a vision of digital spaces that transcend traditional linear structures, promoting a paradigm rooted in collectivity, playful design, and care-oriented technology. The workshop aims to establish the profound idea of centering tenderness as a practical method in the creation and interaction with technology. It challenges participants to reimagine digital interfaces that are more fluid, organic, and nurturing, reinforcing the ideals of community and holistic care.
Restorying African-descendant Women and Social Change + Lesson 11
Re-creating Ourselves Workshop
May 29, 2024
Join Doriana Diaz in a transformative exploration of self through the art of collage. This workshop transcends traditional craft, inviting you into the process of "Re-creating Ourselves" through visual praxis and thematic storytelling. Learners will be invited to reflect on the lessons they’ve learned throughout the course, as well as their own experiences, learning about how engaging with archives and forming ritualistic practices can provoke reflection on self-identity, evolution, and help shape our understanding of ourselves and our journey through life.
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Corriene Bailey-Bearfield
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Klaus Lombardozzi - Systems Team Coaching Specialist