Joy James: The Black/captive maternal in the struggle for democracy
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Professor Joy James will present from her current book project that theorizes how Black/Captive Maternals attempt to stabilize racial/colonial democracy while fighting for its transformation. She will focus on the ideological conflicts and political contradictions of attempting both endeavors within academia, abolitionism, and activism.
This event is free and open to the public on Zoom.
Bio: Joy James is Ebenezer Fitch Prof of Humanities at Williams College and works with the black internationalists union at the Abolition Collective. Please see some of her work collated here: https://abolitionjournal.org/bius/ and https://sites.williams.edu/jjames/
James is the author of Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics; Transcending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American Intellectuals; Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender and Race in U.S. Culture. Her edited books include: Warfare in the American Homeland; The New Abolitionists: (Neo) Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings; Imprisoned Intellectuals; States of Confinement; The Black Feminist Reader (co-edited with TD Sharpley-Whiting); and The Angela Y. Davis Reader. She has contributed articles and book chapters to journals and anthologies addressing feminist and critical race theory, democracy, and social justice.
This event jointly sponsored by the English and African American Studies dpeartments, in conjunction with co-sponsors, History, Philosophy, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, and the Black Student Union (BSU).