Organise This! The Ethics, Politics and Joys of Organising
a Black Feminist Conference
Black Futures Now Toronto (BFN TO) is a new Canadian conference dedicated to creating spaces and platforms where Black gender nonconforming folks, youth, girls and women can come together to discuss issues that they care most about. As part of its mission, BFN TO offers workshops and panels on subjects as diverse as, coding, media literacy, social justice, the arts, activism, and mental health.
Adwoa is Ghanaian-Canadian, born in Toronto and raised in its suburbs. She currently works in the non-profit sector, and has done so for the past seven years. In 2016, Adwoa earned her MA in Humanities from York University, where her research focused on popular culture, gender, migration and identity formation among first and second generation women and girls of African descent. Outside of her academic work, she has written for popular websites and has had her work published on Toronto based blog, The Ethnic Aisle, as well as, Okay Africa, Afropunk and The Awl. She is also the founder and is the lead organizer of Black Futures Now Toronto (BFN TO).
Amelia Ruthven-Nelson develops television shows for kids. She lives at home with her mom, dog, & cat. Her interests are in race, gender, and children's culture and while she hates capitalism she also wants to be a millionaire one day. Amelia is also the an organizer of Black Futures Now Toronto (BFN TO).
Drawing from black feminist thought and queer studies, M. Mohamed uses visual art, writing, and curating to examine social and collective memories of colonialism, racial formation, and its varied entanglements with queerness.