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The IMMA What Is_? programme is a great way to find out more about the concepts and terms used in contemporary art.

In the first of a series of discussions on the subject of Critical Race Theory and as part of IMMA’s What is_? series, Dr John Wilkins will provide an introduction to the subject of Critical Race Theory as a framework to examine how conceptions of race and ethnicity shape legal, social, cultural and political institutions and will consider the relevance of Critical Race Theory in an Irish context. A discussion will follow with Temitope Bademosi and Fernando Sánchez-Migallón to provide reflections on this subject in response to Wilkin’s What Is_? lecture presentation.

To complement this talk, attendees can also attend the event ALIEN EMBODIMENTS – A Critical Reflection, comprising discussions and performance taking place from 2.30 – 5.30pm on Saturday 13 May 2023. For more details see below.

Programme: Saturday 13 May, Lecture Room
11.30 – 11.35am: Introduction
11.35 – 12.15pm: What is.. Critical Race Theory? Dr John Wilkins
12.15 – 12.45pm: Discussion & Responses
Interval / Lunch
2.30 – 5.30pm: ALIEN EMBODIMENTS – A Critical Reflection
Discussions & Performance

About Speakers

Dr John Wilkins
Dr John Wilkins identifies as U.S.-Black and Gay. Dr Wilkins earned his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster Pennsylvania; and earned his MA in English Literature from the L’Université de Montréal, Canada. His thesis dealt with “Goddess Imagery in the Novels of Toni Morrison”. Dr Wilkins earned his doctorate from Trinity College Dublin’s School of English where he interrogated representations of “Black Gay Male Identity in the Afri-can Diaspora”. Dr Wilkins is the Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Enterprise Fellow working with both Trinity College Dublin and IMMA. He is Interrogating themes of race and identity within aspects of IMMA’s programmes and exhibitions including The Otolith Group Xenogenesis and Howardena Pindell – A Renewed Language

Temitope Bademosi
Temitope Bademosi is an ardent believer in ‘beauty in diversity’ and is intrigued by and works in the space of cultural encounters. Her research interest launches from the premise of the decoloniality of being, weaving its way through epistemologies of the global south, embodied knowledges and cultural contact zones. Pluriversality and cognitive/knowledge justice are central to her field of work. She is currently expressing her transformative praxis of re-imagining/being/doing by balancing the stories of Western hegemonic discourses with voices that emanate from ‘in-between’ the borders. Temitope Bademosi holds an honours degree in English, a Post Graduate Certificate in Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, as well as master’s degrees in International Law & Diplomacy and Sociology. She is actively involved in community development, with a focus on helping those who are most vulnerable. She has experience working with populations including children, migrants, refugees and other displaced individuals across multiple countries. She also served as a director of a credit union in Dublin, Ireland.

Dr Fernando Sánchez-Migallón Cano is Learning and Engagement Curator, The Douglas Gallery responsible for developing and delivering a fully integrated and innovative learning and engagement programme. This includes the expansion and enhancement of the exhibition programme by offering multiple engagement points, including digital presentation of the programme online.

Listen Back

This talk will be audio recorded and available to listen back to from 30 May 2023.

About What Is_?

This IMMA programme is a great way to find out more about the concepts and terms used in contemporary art. It includes talks, booklets and web-based resources which you can explore below. The programme is presented in four series, three of which you can explore in the menu below. Explore the extensive range of subjects covered in the What Is_? programme here.


Irish Research Council