Past Event

1st Black Brazilian Women Intellectuals International Conference: 2

November 3, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

1st Black Brazilian Women Intellectuals International Conference: Quilombo as Global Black

Solidarity in the Past, Present and Future
October 29 - November 19, 2021
Virtual Platform

This event sheds light on the different generations of Black Brazilian women as producers of knowledge and agents of liberation. Despite intersectional oppressions, Black Brazilian women have a long and rich tradition in the national and international struggle against racism and sexism and for social justice. They forge innovative concepts of citizenship, democracy and rights that expand the decolonization power of the African diaspora. However, his legacy remains invisible both in Brazil and abroad. In this event, we will highlight the various contributions of Black Brazilian women to the understanding and transformation of society through their knowledge, memories, affections, bodies and practices, making the Quilombo  a real practice until today.


II - Carolina Maria de Jesus and Eliana Alves Cruz: Black Women Narratives of the Past, Present, and Future.
November 3rd, 2021. 6 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Carolina Maria de Jesus was a prolific Black Brazilian writer and author of Quarto de Despejo (Child of the Dark), in which she narrates the lived experience of her family in the outskirts of São Paulo in the 1960’s. Eliana Alves Cruz’ fictional work lays out historical perspectives of colonial Brazil that challenge the official version and introduces the reader to Black characters whose existence is grounded on a vast ancestral knowledge, which proposes a particular epistemology for Black Brazilian literature. Black women as the author of History is the focus of this panel.


  • Eliana Alves Cruz (Writer and Journalist)
  • Fernanda Felisberto (Professor at Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro; member of Carolina Maria de Jesus editorial board)
  • Leonora Paula (Professor at Michigan State University/Kilomba Collective)

Facilitator: Luana Reis (PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh/Kilomba Collective)

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