Black Feminism(s): Theory, Praxis, and Poetics

This reading group explores the changing terrain of Black feminist thought through poetry, theory, history, and current
activism. Black feminist inquiry is an interdisciplinary endeavor that provides the framework to conceptualize a new world.
Our theoretical lens is invested in black Marxism, Black queer studies, Black geographies of space and time, and Black
radical thought.

The majority of the meetings will be used to place theory-heavy texts alongside literature and art. Writers, poets, and visual
artists hold an important stake in the growth of Black feminisms. The work of Carrie Mae Weems, Robin Coste Lewis, Toni
Morrison, and Ntozake Shange for example act as a chorus of invocations, demanding that Black feminism is a practice of
both flesh and mind. For more information please contact [email protected]
Schedule of Events for the Fall:

Friday, Sept 18, 3-4:15pm EST
· Book Discussion with Jessica Marie Johnson on her new book,
Wicked Flesh:Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World


Friday, Oct 16, 3-4:15pm EST
· Vexy Thing: On Gender and Liberation by Imani Perry (particularly Chapters 6-8)
· “A Litany for Survival” and “A Woman Speaks” by Audre Lorde


Friday, Nov 20, 3-4:15pm EST
· Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality by Jennifer Nash
· Combahee River Collective Statement