Dr Nilmini Fernando is a Sri Lankan Australian interdisciplinary feminist scholar and migrant settler of colour currently living and working in Narrm on the stolen lands of the Kulin Nation. She applies her expertise in critical race theory, critical intersectional praxis and decolonial feminist perspectives in the fields of migration/asylum, critical race studies, domestic and family violence, and arts- based practice. She provides education and consultancy for Anti-Racism, Diversity and Intersectionality for organisations. With a background in radio, spoken word and theatre of the oppressed, Nilmini is an originator of Loving Feminist Literature- a collective of artists/academics/activists who bring the intellectual, philosophical, political, literary to public audiences.
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I am currently an adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, and fellow for Dr Debbie Bargallie’s Critical Racial Literacy project at the department of Education at Griffith University, Queensland. My work -whether academic, organisational or creative- is grounded in a decolonial methodologies. I strive to expose and disrupt the interlocking structures of neocolonial white supremacist capitalist patriarchy (bell hooks). I critique the whiteness of liberal feminism and uplift scholarship and practice from Third World, Postcolonial, Black, and Indigenous feminisms. Central to my praxis is the revolutionary ethics of love. It is love that drives authentic change- love of self, of other, for life and freedom.
Black Feminisms and Buddhism: Love, Power and Justice. Presented by Nilmini Fernando.