During Black History Month 2015, SOAS Women’s network and SOAS BME network hosted a talk on twerking.
Apart from discussing twerking as an act of resistance, other themes were discussed critically such as cultural appropriation, occupation of black bodies, black femininity in relation to white femininity, autonomy, white supremacy, spaces, body positivity, self-love, twerking as a space to stop resisting, twerking as an act of defiance against the sexualisation of aspects of African culture, twerking as a low-art , twerking as reclamation and empowerment etc.
The featured panelists in the order of speaking:
Sarah Nwafor: the current NUS Mature and Part-Time Students' representative and a member of NUS Black Sabbs Executive Committee
Kelechi aka ‘Cocoa: a Personal Trainer, Twerk instructor and Pole Dance instructor
Siana Bangura: a poet and the editor of Black Feminist platform No Fly on the WALL
Prisca Vungbo: Events Coordinator, Ain't I a woman collective
Ama Josephine Budge: Writer/Curator/Artist, HYSTERIA Collective