Language Under Pressure: A Symposium

Feb 15, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm at Artspace & Peterborough Public Library

Language Under Pressure Symposium

Black History Month Programming

as part of the exhibition

___a lineage of transgression___


Inspired by the speculative poetics of Black feminist writers the Language Under Pressure symposium provides an opportunity to spend time with the work and ideas of contemporary creators M. NourbeSe Philip, Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Jamilah Abu-Bakare. This one day symposium will generate discourse on the importance of carrying forth African and diasporic histories and the unconventional tools learned to claim agency and to navigate the effects of colonial language.

Scoring the Stacks is a public participatory workshop hosted by Kameelah Janan Rasheed. Drawing reference from science-fiction writer Octavia Butler’s concept of “primitive hypertext,” the workshop will explore non-traditional processes of understanding relations between language, movement, objects and experiences. Using informal exercises the workshop invites participants to generate questions around learning, unlearning and ways of perceiving and contributing to the world around us.

All events are free to attend, will be held in a physically accessible space, and are open to all members of the public.


Saturday, February 15th, 2020



11am - Noon:

Gallery walk through and catalogue launch w/artists Jamilah Abu-Bakare and Kameelah Janan Rasheed (Artspace)

1pm - 2:30pm:

Language Under Pressure Panel discussion w/M. NourbeSe Philip, Jamilah Abu-Bakare and Kameelah Janan Rasheed, moderated by curator Liz Ikiriko (Artspace)

3:30pm - 4:30pm:

Scoring the Stacks Workshop w/Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Location: Peterborough Public Library 

Please RSVP to if you plan to attend the workshop


Language Under Pressure is generously supported by TD Bank Group