"Diasporic reasoning, affect, memory and cultural politics: An interview with Avtar Brah" in Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36 (2), 243–263.
This interview explores the intellectual contours of Stuart Hall's work through the insights of Professor Avtar Brah, Emerita, Birkbeck College, whose feminist post-colonial voice has shaped generations of scholarship on diaspora thinking, achieving public intellectual status. Her Cartographies of Diaspora (1996) received international acclaim, challenging nationalist feminisms to engage diasporic cultural politics. The longest standing member of the Feminist Review editorial collective, Brah's intertwining of feminist theorisation with transformative pedagogies is well known. It is rare that feminists of colour or diasporic feminists are celebrated as 'public intellectuals', even when they are exceptionally accomplished in multiple spheres of intellectual life. Thus, we have chosen to interview Professor Avtar Brah, whose transnationally recognised work both owes a debt to and extends Hall's work in some surprising directions. Our interview explores some questions together as a 'we' and others individually to respect and highlight our own respective theoretical, socio-political and transnational experiences. This approach to interviewing acknowledges our different voices, as well as our affinities through this collaboration.
Annette Henry is a Professor in the University of British Columbia’s Department of Language and Literacy Education. Her teaching and research include antiracist and anti-colonial pedagogies; Black feminist pedagogies; Teaching Caribbean students; teacher education; and critical oral histories.
Other publications from this author include:
- "Killing us softly with questions" in The Nuances of Blackness (2020)
- "What folks don't get: How race, class and gender matter" in Colour Matters (2020)
- "'We especially welcome applications from visible minorities': Reflections on race, gender and life at three universities" in Race, Ethnicity and Education, 18 (5), 589–610 (2019)
- "Standing firm on uneven ground: A letter to Black women on academic leadership" in African Canadian Leadership. Continuity, Transition and Transformation (2019)
- "Reflection: Groundings – A framework for educational inquiry" in Afrocentric practice and education for human freedom: The through the years I keep on toiling: The selected works of Joyce E. King, 19–21 (2015)
- Critical Youth Studies Reader (2014)
- Taking Back Control: African Canadian Women Teachers' Lives and Practice (1998)