Cultural Compensation Won’t Sustain Anti-racism

I would like to share this podcast from a series called Convergence, an “ongoing series of critical conversations, screenings and written commissions, facilitated by the South London Gallery (SLG) and curated and hosted by invited guests.”

In Convergence: Cultural Compensation Won’t Sustain Anti-racism, Dr Clive James Nwonka, London School of Economics Fellow in Film Studies, Lanre Bakare, arts and culture correspondent at the Guardian, broadcaster journalist and filmmaker Bidisha, and Dr Francesca Sobande from Cardiff University, talk about how the arts and art institutions can go beyond tokenism to ensure longterm, structural change.

I found it very useful to hear the reflections on the current cultural and institutional responses to BLM in the UK. The speakers also propose, what needs to be done to get beyond words and beyond single interventions.

This is highly relevant for the International Journal of Screendance, as a large part – although not all! – of the published discourse has so far been white, written from white perspectives. We need structural change in order to bring on board more diverse voices, and the situation is doubly difficult in that much of this discourse is developed and sustained by people who have salaries from universities in the Anglosphere, thereby drawing on a predominantly white community of post holders who can just about afford the time and who can also benefit from this labour in terms of their academic careers.

If the journal has been a useful catalyst in the first ten years of its life, it now needs structural change in order to continue to push and pull, challenge and provoke. For more on this look out for the editorial and the 11th Volume of the IJSD, edited by Kyra Norman and Marisa Zanotti, just hot of the press!

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