Critical Mass

Flesh, the law and black humanity

A panel of BIPOC critical thinkers construct an imagined future.


Saturday 28 September, 5pm
60 minutes

#criticalmass19 #siteworks

Wheelchair accessible


Flesh, the law and black humanity

A panel of BIPOC critical thinkers construct an imagined future. Tracking back to the present, they bare the socio - legal and political architectures that imprison and kill ideas, bodies and futures.

What might we do to intercept and subvert the necropolitical conditions where flesh, the law, and black humanity reside and die. All is discussed by a strong panel of Critical Thinkers:

Dr. Nilmini Fernando is a Sri Lankan born migrant settler of colour currently living and working in Narrm on the stolen lands of the Kulin Nation. She is a Postcolonial/Black Feminist scholar and educator who focuses on critical intersectional and race praxis in settler colonial sites to advance authentic transformation and push new paradigms from the ground up. With a background in radio, spoken work and theatre of the oppressed, Nilmini was an originator of Loving Feminist Literature- a collective of artists/academics/activists who bring the intellectual, philosophical, political, literary and spiritual contributions of Black, Indigenous and global feminists of colour to public spaces.

Claire G. Coleman is a writer from Western Australia. She identifies with the South Coast Noongar people. Her family are associated with the area around Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun. She wrote her black&write! fellowship-winning book Terra Nullius while travelling around Australia in a caravan.

Timmah Ball is a non-fiction writer whose work is influenced by working across urban planning, zine making, and other creative forms. She grew up in Birrarung-ga/Melbourne but her heritage is Ballardong Noongar from Western Australia on her mother’s side. In 2017 she won the Westerly Magazine Patricia Hackett Prize and has written for a range of publications including Cordite, Un Magazine, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, The Griffith Review and other anthologies.

Flesh, the law and black humanity aims to stand outside of white Western colonial frames to discuss, theorize and address the outcast locations of the intellect, literature, art and bodies of First People, raced and gendered others in the settler colony.