University of Birmingham
The ‘Collective Utopia’ makes reference to the millennial generation of Black feminist, womxn and non-binary collectives presently working to establish themselves in Britain’s creative and cultural industries. These creative collective groups have formed to act as a point of resistance to exclusion and a line of communication to gaining inclusion. The creative and cultural industries are Britain’s most dynamic response to managing the nation’s post-industrial economy and yet its Black employee figures have remained stubbornly low. The aim of the project will be to evaluate the spatial activities, content and forms of Black feminist, womxn and non-binary collectives located in Britain as they navigate their exclusion/inclusion in these industries.
Gayle, R. (2020), Creative Futures of Black (British) Feminism in Austerity and Brexit Times. Trans Inst Br Geogr. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/tran.12381
2021 - Academic Conferences:
Panel Co-Chair: 'On Being an Embodied Global Black Geographer'
2020 - Academic Conferences:
Black Geographies Workshop - UC Berkeley (March 2020)
Presented paper: ‘Creative Futures of Black (British) Feminism in Austerity and Brexit TImes'
MeCCSA 2020 - Brighton (January 2020)
Panel Chair - Young Women's Interactivisms
Panellist - Diversity in the Media Roundtable
Panellist - Black Feminism and Media Practices in Britain
Presented paper: ‘Dangerous Liaisons within and beyond Corporate Media’
Panel Chair: 'Publicness'
Presented paper: 'Collective Methodologies as an Anti-Racist Praxis'
Presented paper: 'Apocalypse Now: Urban Renaissance and the War on Intersectionality'
Presented paper: 'Black British Culture as 'Modern Blackness'
Presented paper: 'Black British Women's Activism in 'The Now'
Presented paper: 'Black, British, Feminist: Creative Collective Expressions in the Brexit Era'
2021 - Public Engagement and Impact:
'The New Nationwide Project' March-December 2021
Monthly radio show discussing and exploring 21st century popular culture on Repeater Radio.
2020 - Public Engagement and Impact:
'Millennial Black Feminists Creative Collectives 2020' (October 2020)
Funded by the 'Support the People who Support their Communities' CrowdFund.
Three beautiful, creative micro shorts made in celebration of Black womxn's lives across Britain.
Surviving Society Podcast E010 The Guest Reflections (May 2020)
‘Telling It Like It Is: Placing Black scholarship during COVID-19’
A topical and critical conversation between three emerging UK based scholars.
2019 - Public Engagement and Impact:
Narration Group: Curriculum 003 - South London Gallery (September 2019)
Workshop Lead: 'Black Feminist Collectives'
Politics of Pleasure, ICA-London (July and September 2019)
Co-Curator of two one-day festivals celebrating Black feminist identity, community and creativity.
Urban Roots of Creative Black Culture, MAC Birmingham (February 2019)
Panellist: International researchers assembled to debate gender, the city and creativity in African and Caribbean cultures
Panel Chair: 'Constellation of Activism' global shorts series around women mobilising for change
Panellist: On Fugitivity - In conversation with Saidiya Hartman
Collective Member: The Politics of Pleasure Installation and Workshop
Global Black Geographers Reading Group - 2020 to Present
An ECR reading group formed by scholars based in Africa, The Americas and Europe.
Black Music and Cultures Research Group - 2019 to Present
A network of Black creatives, scholars and writers making critical interventions in Black music and related cultures.
RGS-IBG PG Fellow
CARICUK Research Project Series - 2021-2022
Research Assistant on an AHRC EDI Engagement Fellowship led by Dr Patricia Noxolo.
Support the People who Support their Communities CrowdFund (June 2020)
1 of 25 Black Feminist-led groups/individuals who shared this grassroots funded award.
Anticipating Black Futures Symposium - Birmingham, UK (May 2019)
Co-organiser of the highly regarded event supported by a £2,700 M4C CDF Award