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KUCHENGA, Jackie Wang, and Nat Raha seated in discussion on red cushions

Future Justice in the Present

Future Justice in the Present

with BSL & STTR

Thought and action, writing and protesting: A chat with Nat Raha, KUCHENGA and Jackie Wang asking what can be learnt from writing across genres by agitators, activists and abolitionists?

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WHO DO WE WRITE FOR?

WHERE DOES OUR WORK LIVE?

HOW DOES WRITING LIBERATE US NOW?

The advances of digital technology and new media platforms are providing women of colour with newfound space to liberate and educate outside of traditional institutions.

Artistic work that is causing major eruptions in popular culture. Abolitionist politics that is helping to envision a world previously seen as utopian.

Jackie, Nat and Kuchenga will share how their intersectionality is a living breathing practice and why we can’t allow borders to disrupt solidarity.

Thought and action, writing and protesting. In 2017 the importance of a militant literature that reflects on our world is manifest—we need a journalism, a poetry, a theory, to articulate the world we need to exist now, and the one we want to exist beyond it. What can we learn from writing across genres by agitators, activists and abolitionists? Do new technologies of communication offer us wider horizons for forming political worlds together or merely constrain and foreclose our ways of being social?

KUCHENGA is a black trans feminist who publishes online journalism at Wear Your Voice and gal-dem magazines while working with Black Lives Matter UK, and Bent Bars. We met her as a super smart and engaging audience member at Episode 8.

Nat Raha is a poet and co-editor of the Radical Transfeminism zine. She organises with Edinburgh Action for Trans Health and is completing a PhD on queer Marxism. She writes about strikes, seascapes, manic street preaching, and queer transfeminist dreaming in the hours of the emergency. She described a recent reading as ‘invoking some demons of the archive, the kind that shut down fascists and totalitarian universities’.

Jackie Wang writes political theory and poetry, and makes performance art, music and films. Her well known essay Against Innocence was published in LIES Journal of queer, feminist, materialist, communist, autonomous, and otherwise antagonistic writing. Her first book Carceral Capitalism was published this year by Semiotext(e).

Links
Against Innocence - Article by Jackie Wang in LIES Journal KUCHENGA on Twitter KUCHENGA's Blog Site Nat Raha's Blog - Sociopathic Semaphores Jackie Wang's Carceral Capitalism Overview on MIT Press An Excerpt from £/€xtinctions: a Poem by Nat Raha on The Believer Poetry by Nat Raha on Eoagh - from de/compositions Trans Health Manifesto on the Edinburgh Action for Trans Health Manifesto Tumblr Issue III of THEM lit: a trans literary journal including work by Nat Raha issue includes work by Nat Raha

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Jackie Wang, Kuchenga and Nat Raha talking on stage at EPISODE 9

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Jackie Wang and KUCHENGA on stage in sensational fabrics at EPISODE 9

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

KUCHENGA, Jackie Wang, and Nat Raha seated in discussion on red cushions

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Projection of a cat's face, an audience, red cushions and a discussion

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

a woman reading from a laptop on a stage

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Nat Raha reading from a radical transfeminism booklet

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Nat Raha reading from a booklet on stage at EPISODE 9

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Jackie Wang reading in a red dress on stage in front of a transcription screen

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Jackie Wang, Kuchenga and Nat Raha talking on stage at EPISODE 9

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Jackie Wang and KUCHENGA on stage in sensational fabrics at EPISODE 9

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

KUCHENGA, Jackie Wang, and Nat Raha seated in discussion on red cushions

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Projection of a cat's face, an audience, red cushions and a discussion

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

a woman reading from a laptop on a stage

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Nat Raha reading from a radical transfeminism booklet

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Nat Raha reading from a booklet on stage at EPISODE 9

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Jackie Wang reading in a red dress on stage in front of a transcription screen

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward