How Black Scholarship Informs My Health and Wellness Practice

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Thursday 20 October 2022

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Online via Zoom



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In this presentation I celebrate contemporary Black scholars whose work has strongly influenced my practice and thinking around health and wellness as a thin white dietitian. This includes Da’Shaun Harrison, Marquisele Mercedes, Mama Dee and Sabrina Strings, Black writers/organisers whose work on food and fatness exposes the racist underpinnings of BMI-based health systems and proposes reworldings premised on Black aliveness. Social worker Resmaa Menakem who shows how to engage with knowledge-creation in ways that recognise that racialisation impacts how we receive information, and why this matters for healing and social change. Bayo Akomalafe’s poetic and philosophical teaching disturbs the foundational assumptions of my colonial worldview, enabling a move towards new imaginings for human and non-human wellbeing.


Lucy Aphramor is Associate Professor of Gender, Power and the Right to Food in the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University. They developed an approach to therapeutic food work that bridges personal and collective healing as entwined with social change. Lucy’s practice is strongly informed by fat, Black, Mad and queer scholarship plus personal and professional experience. Lucy is recognised internationally for contributions to dietetic scholarship and practice, including through spoken word poetry.


For enquiries please contact Lucy Aphramor