Keynote: Minna Salami on Decolonial and Feminist Globalization
In her keynote speech, Minna Salami considers two aspects of the term 'global' - its connection with growing inequality as well as its connection with growing equality. The former is characterised by its relationship with other terms such as digital divide, conflict, capitalism, terrorism, epidemics and trade, while the latter is marked by its relationship alongside (or against) terms such as international, cosmopolitan, “the global south”, "the global village", and planetarism as well as the internet, social media and digital futures. By considering the two, the talk makes a case for an ethical globalisation that challenges narrow nationalistic views through both digital and offline interactions, while also addressing the perils of globalisation from a decolonial and feminist perspective.
Minna Salami is a Nigerian, Finnish and Swedish writer and the founder of the feminist blog, MsAfropolitan. Equally at home speaking about abstract ideas and universal theories as well as about grassroots feminism and African Studies, Minna is an original feminist voice marking a clear departure from mere repetition of ideological dogmas for a feminism that is at one transformational, political and powerful. Her work advocates global feminist awareness while critically exploring the relationship between gender, ethnicity, pop culture and social criticism from an Africa-centred perspective.
Minna has been referred to as ‘one of the key feminist voices of our times’ and is listed alongside Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie as one of '12 women changing the world' by ELLE Magazine. She has spoken at hundreds of venues, including some of the world's most prominent international institutions such as Yale University, the Oxford Union and the Singularity University at NASA.
Moderation: Maaya Shany is a student of radical feminist, de-colonial politics, a co-organizer of the Berlin-based Decolonize Reading Group. Her primary interests are notions and practices of collectivity, solidarity and social and political engagement.