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Sonne Women of Excellence: Dr. Grada Kilomba

As part of our Pledge for Parity in women`s month, we are sharing a short profile of 20 women working to advance and build the African image in the diaspora. Let`s celebrate them!

14) Dr. Grada Kilomba: Writer, Theorist, Interdisciplinary Artist

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Her works have been published in magazines, journals and earning her the award the “Most Inspiring Black Woman in Europe”, 2011 by the Black Women in Europe (BWIE) website. Grada Kilomba is known internationally for her theoretical contributions to scholarship and her presentations in venues of exhibition and academia worldwide like the Vienna Secession Museum, Brussels Bozar Museum, London Maritime Museum, Oslo Literature House, Maxim Gorki Theater, Centro International de Artes José de Guimarães, Theater Kampnagel, Berliner Festspiel Haus, Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Theater Münchner Kammerspiele among others.

She has also co-edited the “Mythen, Masken, Subekte” (Unrast, 2005) and authored  the  “Plantation Memories” (Unrast 2008), which are episodes about everyday racism. Presently the Portuguese lecturer is a guest professor for Gender Studies and Post Colonial Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin and artist in Residence of Berlin City.

She was born in Lisbon, Portugal by parents from the West African Islands São Tomé e Príncipe and Angola. She holds a degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalysis from the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada (ISPA) and a Doctorate from the Freie Universität – Berlin (summa cum laude).


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