Medea Talks With Silvana Bahia, coordinator of PretaLab, a collective initiative that mobilizes Afro-Brazilian and Native-Brazilian women to engage with and develop technology against social inequalities and racism.
In this lecture, Bahia will focus on alternative media and community-based initiatives, especially in regards to Afro-Brazilian women developing technology.

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ABSTRACT
The last decade in Brazil has been marked by the creation of public policies that have allowed increased access to higher education for the Afro-Brazilian population in Brazil together with an array of technological innovations, especially in the field of communications. The rise of new voices and narratives have broken new ground for the representation and identity politics, especially for Afro-Brazilian women, in a country marked by structural racism. The lecture will focus on alternative media and community-based initiatives, especially in regards to Afro-Brazilian women developing technology.

Silvana Bahia is Programme Director at Olabi, a social organization based in Rio de Janeiro that aims at democratizing technologies and increasing gender and racial diversity in the tech industry for a fairer and more diverse world. At Olabi, Ms. Bahia provides low-income Afro-Brazilian makers with access to technology and promotes workshops to teach young low-income Afro-Brazilian women to build technologies and to code.

In addition, she heads PretaLab (BlackWomanLab), a collective initiative that mobilizes Afro-Brazilian and Native-Brazilian women to engage with and develop technology against social inequalities and racism.

Ms. Bahia has also coordinated the production of the experimental short film Kbela (2015), awarded as best African diaspora film at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is also part of Afroflix, a collaborative streaming platform for films by black filmmakers.

Academically, Ms. Bahia is a guest professor and researcher on Narratives, Technologies and Diasporic Knowledge at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

The discussant in this Medea Talk is Temi Odumosu, art historian, creative educator, and researcher the School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University. Medea’s Karolina Rosenqvist moderates.