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Title: The intimate enemy: radical feminism against Black feminisms

Speaker: Fania Noël (New School For Social Research New York)


This presentation will discuss the opposition by the so-called radical feminists’ movements towards black feminist movements in France. This impossibility translates into the idea of the impossible last two kilometers. These two kilometers represent the metaphoric distance that still separate radical feminism from the black feminisms radical thinking. Rather than remobilizing concepts of femonationalism, we will analyze how a form of antifeminism reconfigures itself within the antagonism to black feminisms. Through the analysis of texts, discourses and various stances, I will try to prove the following theory: This opposition, in addition to being a form of antifeminism, demonstrates the impossibility for those movements to think of equality as a radical concept.

Fania Noël is an afrofeminist activist and writer, as well as a Phd candidate in sociology at the New School For Social Research (New York). Her doctoral thesis “Noir in Place: Spatializing Black Politics in contemporary France” focuses on Black organizations’ ideological and political spaces in France. Her fields of research are Africana and Black studies with an emphasis on Black feminisms’ radical theories and cultural studies.


  • When ?

Thursday 9 March 2023 from 10am till 12pm

  • Where ?

ULB - Solbosch Campus

Institut de Sociologie (building S)

Room Janne - 15th floor

44 avenue Jeanne - 1050 Bruxelles