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Avaus Open Lecture: Decolonising Fear by Dr. Faith Mkwesha

In Autumn 2019, the Avaus project organizes an open lecture series on topics related to cultural diversity. The series of three lectures is part of the Diversity Agent Course carried out by Culture for All Service, Globe Art Point and the Center for Cultural Policy Research Cupore in 2019. The events are open and free of charge to everyone interested. The language is English.

Monday, 16 September 2019, 16:00-18:00

Globe Art Point, Malminkatu 5, 00100, Helsinki

The facilities are accessible on the street level, assistant dogs are welcome, there is no accessible toilet in the space.


Dr. Faith Mkwesha 

Decolonising Fear

(lecture and discussion)

This session will focus on the colonial creation of fear of the other and how that fear has colonised people. We will also, discuss how the politics of fear is sustained, and weaponised by different actors to perpetuate racism, prejudices and discrimination. The second part will focus on unconscious bias, and how we can free our selves from fear and unconscious bias. The aim is to raise consciousness of cultural agents to see the expert from a multicultural perspective and expand the pool of creatives and human resources.

Dr. Faith Mkwesha is a literature and culture scholar from a post-colonial, decolonial, intersectional feminism and gender perspectives. She is a researcher and lecturer at Helsinki University, Swedish School of Social Sciences, CEREN Department, and Gender Studies, Abo Akademi University. She is the founder and director of Sahwira Africa International NGO where she does her activism on racism, anti-racism and representation campaigns. She is also co-ordinating a multicultural and multiracial youth project. They also conduct workshops and seminars on African literature and culture, Decolonising the mind, Diversity and inclusion, Race and racism and Gender in Africa. She worked in Zimbabwe and South Africa Universities. She is a mother of five and glammy granny to her grandson. 


The lecture is streamed live on the Facebook-page of the Culture for All Service.

Read more about the first lecture of the series which took place in August 2019. The last lecture takes place on 14 October 2019. The content and speakers will be announced soon.

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This lecture series is part of our diversity agent course. Read more about the course in the projects section of our website.