Jennifer Nash – Love Letter from a Critic, or Notes on the Intersectionality Wars

March 17, 2020

Location:2017 Dunton Tower
Audience:Alumni, Anyone, Carleton Community, Current Students, Faculty, Media, Prospective Students, Staff, Staff and Faculty
Key Contact:Lana Keon
Contact Phone:613-520-2600 x 6645

“Love Letter from a Critic, or Notes on the Intersectionality Wars” follows the word “critic” around the black feminist archive, endeavoring to trace its myriad meanings by asking: Who are intersectionality’s critics, and what precisely makes those scholars’ works critical?  Why has the term “critic” come to circulate and proliferate around intersectionality in recent years? Why are black feminists so deeply invested in exposing the “critic”?   The talk explores the affective lure of the term critic, engaging how the term “critic” has become the centerpiece of the intersectionality wars that black feminism has found itself mired in, and asking how the constant invocation of the malicious critic as a pernicious outsider becomes a crucial strategy through which black feminists reassert their territorial hold on intersectionality.

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 SignsFeminist TheoryGLQ, Social Text, and Feminist Studies.