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Shifting Soil Workshop at the Black/African Feminisms Conference

April 20 @ 8:30 am - 8:30 pm

$45 – $75


We’ll be offering the Shifting Soil workshop at the Black/African Feminisms Conference on April 20th at 10:55 AM.

More about the workshop:

The proposed workshop builds from the new media project Beyond the Soil by cultural arts & creative technology organization, Oddside Arts. Beyond the Soil is inspired by the quilting practices of the African diaspora. Quilts are a woven source of record keeping passed down through generations. They have long been a way for African ancestors to gather with community, impart cultural knowledge and pass down visual histories as meaningful fabric stitches. For members of the Afrodiaspora, especially those who live in North America, familial lineage is a continual process of discovery. Thus, this quilting project elaborates on how we have made homes for ourselves amid mass displacement and where those stories connect with others who came before. Grounded in Black feminist theories, collective actions, and experimental design, it explores the intersections of migration and identity by gathering quilt patch designs from Afrodiasporic community members to examine how the narratives contribute to a collective memory of resilience and survival. The workshop will engage participants in the same practice of meaning making using visual patterns and narratives, exploring how individuals construct their own creation stories within the context of displacement and communal resilience.


Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024: 10:55 AM

Location: 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON


Ontario Institute for Studies in Education University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6 Canada
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