Awake in The Place Where Women Die: Reflections on Representations of Emotional and Physical Violence

Convener: Dr Peter Brooke

Speaker: Dr Joanna Lipper


Investcorp Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College

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Kudirat Abiola - Human Rights and Pro-Democracy Activist - Nigeria, 1996


Dr. Lipper will share her insight and unique perspective on the assassination of Nigerian pro-democracy and human rights activist, Kudirat Abiola, as represented in her award-winning documentary The Supreme Price. She will then present the works of other filmmakers, photographers and artists from Africa and around the world, looking back at representations of emotional and physical violence against women historically as well as in the present day. She will discuss her current work with Nigerian collaborators on the representation of gender and violence in the development of a musical film adaptation of the internationally acclaimed Nigerian novel, Stay With Me, by Ayobami Adebayo.

Positions and points of view of victims, perpetrators, activists and bystanders will be addressed. The artist’s and visual storyteller’s capacity to inspire attitudinal, societal, behavioural and policy changes through the use of a range of multimedia techniques and narrative strategies will be at the heart of a discussion moderated by 
Nadia Denton following the lecture.




Dr. Joanna Lipper (PhD) is a filmmaker, writer, photographer and lecturer. She taught Using Film For Social Change at Harvard and is currently an Academic Visitor at St. Antony’s College and a Research Associate at the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford.