Academic, Writer & Broadcaster
Emma Dabiri is an Irish-Nigerian academic, writer and broadcaster. She is a teaching fellow in the Africa department at School of Oriental and African Studies in London and a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths. She has been published in a number of anthologies – alongside such post-colonial heavyweights as Homi Bhabha and Achille Mbembe – academic journals, as well as the national press. A regular BBC face, she presented ‘Back in Time Brixton’ (BBC2), ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ (BBC4), as well as the sociological experiment ‘Is Love Racist?’ (Ch4). Most recently, she hosted Radio 4’s critically-acclaimed documentary ‘Journeys into Afro-futurism’. Her first book Don’t Touch My Hair is published by Penguin. Her hair has been disappointing people since birth.
Straightened. Stigmatised. ‘Tamed’. Celebrated. Erased. Managed. Appropriated. Forever misunderstood. Black hair is never ‘just hair’. The scope of black hairstyling ranges from pop culture to cosmology, from prehistoric times to the (afro)futuristic. Uncovering sophisticated indigenous mathematical systems in black hairstyles, alongside styles that served as secret intelligence networks leading enslaved Africans to freedom, Don’t Touch My […]
Is this the most significant protest movement in the history of humanity? Or is there a danger the pendulum has swung too far in the tricky, thorny and impossible to regulate area of sex, power and gender? Will there be a backlash? Could we be descending into a culture of victimhood and the infantilising of […]
We are delighted to have Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James back in Dalkey to unveil his latest work Black Leopard, Red Wolf. The critics are raving about it. The Washington Post said that “James has spun an African fantasy as vibrant, complex and haunting as any western mythology and nobody who survives reading this […]
100 years after Lenin predicted the World Revolution at the 1919 inaugural meeting of the Communist International, could his prophesy become true, albeit a century late? All over the world, the young are swinging to the Left. In the US, the home of tooth and claw capitalism, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is leading the charge, and dragging […]
The Personal is Political. Two Man Booker Prize Winners, who also happen to be captivating talkers, reveal how deep personal experience and their world view informs their writing. From climate change to slavery, from homophobia to corruption, from colonialisation to war and brutality, you can expect a light to be shone on the human condition. […]