Feminist Futures in a Time of Pandemic: “Black Feminism Reimagined” – Workshop with Jennifer Nash
November 19, 2020 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
|Location:||Zoom (link to come)|
In Black Feminism Reimagined Jennifer C. Nash reframes black feminism’s engagement with intersectionality, often celebrated as its primary intellectual and political contribution to feminist theory. Charting the institutional history and contemporary uses of intersectionality in the academy, Nash outlines how women’s studies has both elevated intersectionality to the discipline’s primary program-building initiative and cast intersectionality as a threat to feminism’s coherence. As intersectionality has become a central feminist preoccupation, Nash argues that black feminism has been marked by a single affect—defensiveness—manifested by efforts to police intersectionality’s usages and circulations. Nash contends that only by letting go of this deeply alluring protectionist stance, the desire to make property of knowledge, can black feminists reimagine intellectual production in ways that unleash black feminist theory’s visionary world-making possibilities.
Jennifer C. Nash is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography (Duke U Press 2014) and Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality (Duke U Press 2019), and the editor of Gender: Love (MacMillan 2016). She has published articles in journals including Signs, Feminist Theory, GLQ, Social Text, and Feminist Studies.