Hiba Ali, Artist – Chicago, Austin, Toronto

Hiba Ali is a digital artist, educator, scholar, DJ, experimental music producer, and curator based across Chicago, Austin, and Toronto. Their performances and videos concern surveillance, womxn/womyn of colour, and labour. They study Afro-Indo-Arab geographies across the Indian Ocean through music, cloth, and ritual. They conduct reading groups addressing digital media and workshops with open-source technologies. They are a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queens University in Kingston and an Assistant Professor of Art, New Media Artist/Feminist Art Discourse at the College of Design, Art & Technology at the University of Oregon. They have presented their work in Chicago, Stockholm, Vienna, Berlin, Toronto, New York, Istanbul, São Paulo, Detroit, Windsor, Dubai, Austin, Vancouver, and Portland. Their 360-degree interactive video workers liberation as environmental justice is on view in the online exhibition Moving Ether Way present by Trinity Square Video until January 30.

  1. Poetry is Not a Luxury: The Poetics of Abolition

Organized as part of Revolution is not a one-time event, this is a programme by Che Gossett, Lola Olufemi, and Sarah Shin in collaboration with Arika and hosted by Silver Press. The abolition of carceral systems and technologies have always been a pressing issue and this panel brings together Saidiya Hartman, Canisia Lubrin, Nat Raha, Christina Sharpe, and Nydia A. Swaby – a group of brilliant people who explore the notion of abolition as an artform.

  1. Surveillance and Cinematics: American Artist, Simone Browne, and Ruha Benjamin

Visualizing Abolition is a series of online events organized by University of California Santa Cruz Professor Gina Dent, Feminist Studies and Dr. Rachel Nelson, Director, Institute of the Arts and Sciences. This panel takes place on February 2 and features three brilliant scholars on the histories and current presence of surveillance infrastructures, African American Studies, and abolition.

  1. Where Will I Be Buried?

Curated by Muse Dodd and Catherine Feliz, this exhibition and virtual program series holds space for QTBIPOC artists and audiences to center our mourning, healing, and transformations.

  1. Octavia Bulter’s Earthseed series

Butler’s books are a guide to navigating this time. I recommend Alexis Pauline Gumbs’ immersion course.

  1. Invisible Muslims: Africa, Black People, and the History of Islam

Ink of the Scholars,  as part of Dr. Bilal Ware’s team of eight esteemed African-American scholars with University PhDs and Classical ijazas, developed four courses for students aged thirteen through to adults:
i) Africa in the Qur’an
ii) The Black Sahaba
iii) African Ulama
iv) Muslim Movements: From Mansa Musa to Malcolm X​.

Bonus pick: Stories and Silences: Research on Race in the Middle East

This lecture series, organized by the Social Justice Committee of the Middle East Librarians Association, features Zavier WinghamLanisa KitchinerRachel SchineBeeta Baghoolizadeh, and Tiffany Bradley. They address conceptions of race in the Ottoman Empire, African travel in medieval Arabic popular literature, and how translations/mistranslations can lead to archival erasures of slavery.