Fearing the black body - The racial origins of fatphobia

Date: 11/03/20

Time: 17:30

Location: Brussels

Description : There used to be a time that fat bodies were celebrated in art, newspapers, magazines and medical journals, but all that changed in the 18th century, when fatness got associated with the idea that people with coloured skin were racially inferior savages. During this event, which is part of the Black History Month Belgium program, you will learn and experience how that shift continues to haunt black bodies till this day. With Sabrina Strings (author of fearing the black body), Lisette Ma Neza (Slam Poetry Champion), Brunette Matinda (Afroyoga), Heleen Debeuckelaere (Writer) and Rachael Moore (coördinator RainbowHouse)

Organization/Artist: VUB-Crosstalks, VUB RHEA

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This event is a collaboration between VUB-Crosstalks, VUB RHEA and Black History Month Belgium

Program: 17:30-18:30: Yoga session with Brunette Matinda (AfroYoga) 18:30-19:00: Break with drinks, sandwiches and fingerfood 19:00-20:00: Lecture by Sabrina Strings: ‘Fearing the Black Body: the Racial Origins of Fat Phobia.’ 20:00-20:10: Performance by Lisette Ma Neza and Neil Akenzua 20:10-21:00: Conversation with Sabrina Strings, Heleen Debeuckelaere and Rachael Moore 21:00-21:10: Performance by Lisette Ma Neza and Neil Akenzua 21:10-…: Open bar with Dj Fresh Nunas | Mozambican Dj and producer, music lover and vinyl collector. After debuting in rap in Mozambique in 2001, he moved to New York in 2003 and created the AM ROOTS project in 2007 with Filipe Narciso, a house infused with African rhythms. He began his career as a DJ in 2008 and since then, he has toured the stages of Mozambique, Haiti, Panama, Italy, Spain and the United States, France, Belgium and Niamey. His influences : afrobeat, latin music, funk, bossa nova, salsa, samba...

Location is in Café Congo. It is located on the site of Studio Citygate, a 10 minute walk from the train station Bruxelles Gare du Midi/Brussel-Zuidstation. Or easy reachable by Metro: Gare du Midi - Bus: 78 Deux Gares - Tram 81: Avenue du roi or Cureghem - Tram 82: Suède.