Insubmissive Dialogues of Black Women
From Rutendo Hoto
Chaired by Dr Almiro Andrade (University of the Arts London, UK)
This seminar presented an analysis of the experience of Diálogos Insubmissos de Mulheres Negras (DIMN, Insubmissive Dialogues of Black Women), a platform promoting artistic and literary activities in Salvador, Brazil for the past five years. DIMN was created to encourage and strengthen participation of Black women artists, intellectuals and researchers, as well as promote the circulation of their productions in literary festivals. To this end, we analysed activities and events that took place or were created between 2017 and 2022, based on the 50 activities that were held and through videos and recordings of the activities performed. After the analysis, we observed that the literary events are concrete opportunities of knowledge exchange and cultural and academic debates about literature with an intersection with other artistic languages. With the study, we also realized how the social media platforms Instagram and Facebook, as well as audio and video streaming platforms, create an important scene for the production of literary content, especially after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the research is still ongoing, initial reflections have found that DIMN has contributed to the maintenance of a productive network of economy and services in literary cultural production.