As many of you know, I have been working on a book titled Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone. The book is a collection of interwoven essays that centre Africa, blackness and womanhood in the exploration of universal concepts such as knowledge, power, and beauty – in other words, concepts that typically pivot around whiteness, maleness and Eurocentricity.
Sensuous Knowledge is not out until 19 March 2020 but I am thrilled to share photos of the cover, and the first stack of proofs which arrived today!
I also would like to ask for your help! Firstly, please pre-order the book at http://bit.ly/Minna_Bk. This will help with Amazon rankings and visibility ahead of the launch. Also, if you work in the media, have a platform, or are involved in art, culture, academia…, or, if you have connections that do and who may be interested in the book, or, any other ideas or ways you might be able to contribute, collaborate and add mutual value, please get in touch.
Most importantly, I’m especially excited to share the book with YOU, MsAfropolitan readers. Your engagement, discussions and support over the years were a great inspiration and motivation to my writing it. I really can’t wait for you to read it.
Here’s some more information about the book (from the publisher):
“In Sensuous Knowledge, Minna Salami draws on Africa-centric, feminist-first and artistic traditions to help us rediscover inclusive and invigorating ways of experiencing the world afresh.
Combining the playfulness of a storyteller with the insight of a social critic, the book pries apart the systems of power and privilege that have dominated ways of thinking for centuries – and which have led to so much division, prejudice and damage. And it puts forward a new, sensuous, approach to knowledge: one grounded in a host of global perspectives – from Black Feminism to personal narrative, pop culture to high art, Western philosophy to African myth – together comprising a vision of hope for a fragmented world riven by crisis.
Through the prism of this new knowledge, Salami offers fresh insights into the key cultural issues that affect women’s lives. How are we to view Sisterhood, Motherhood or even Womanhood itself? What is Power and why do we conceive of Beauty? How does one achieve Liberation? She asks women to break free of the prison made by ingrained male-centric biases, and build a house themselves – a home that can nurture us all.
Sensuous Knowledge confirms Minna Salami as one the most important spokespeople of today, and the arrival of a blistering new literary voice.”