Topics/Conferences

2013 Conference Presentations

  1. Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit: We are leading a session titled, ”Complicating and Extending the Reproductive Justice Framework,” at Woodhull’s 2013 Sexual Freedom Summit, to be held September 19 -22, 2013 in Washington, DC.
  2. ASALH: We are joining forces with the Mobile Homecoming Project, Quirky Black Girls, Crunk Feminist Collective, and African Diaspora, Ph.D/Diaspora Hypertext for a panel discussion on “Black Feminist Thought in Hypertext: Black/Queer Digital Scholarship and New Media Archives” at 98th annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, to be held October 2-6, 2013 in Jacksonville, FL.
  3. ASWAD:  We are hosting a panel at the 7th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, to be held October 30-November 2, 2013 in Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic.
  4. NWSA: We are hosting a round table discussion at the National Women’s Studies Association 2013 conference program, taking place November 7 – 10, 2013 in Cincinnati, OH.

Topics

  1. Feminism & New Media: This workshop explores the powerful role of new media as a site of feminist cultural, intellectual, and representational intervention. We engage what it means to be an online feminist publication, committed to 1) publishing pro-feminist, anti-racist, anti-heterosexist, and anti-imperialist works, 2) giving voice to and re/presenting women and other marginalized groups as complex, multi-positioned inter-subjectivities—rather than merely spectacles for voyeuristic pleasure, judgment and aggression, 3) appropriating online technologies for feminist activism, and 4) making intellectual feminist discourse accessible to the general public.
  2. What’s in a name?: Media, Language and Representation: This workshop offers gender, race, class, ability, ethnicity and media literacy training.  We explore how language deployed in media 1) communicates certain kinds of messages, 2) constructs shared understandings, 3) conveys ideas and feelings, 4) produces images that are circulated, consumed, and reproduced, and 4) organizes and regulates social practices, thus, having real, practical effects.  We explore media coverage (film, journalism content, advertising, et al.) of violence against women, feminism, domestic terrorism, religion, sport, health, style, and public policy.
  3. Elementary Feminisms: This workshop explores the power of voice and acceptance and the role of young feminists in contemporary social justice movements for grades K-12.  Conceived by 11-year old Collective member Mason Casper-Milam, Elementary Feminisms serves as an early intervention that hopes to ”encourage kids, especially girls, in school to talk about and discuss feminism and politics in the world right now. I hope this program will make things better by encouraging kids to come out about their feelings. I feel the challenges are abusive parents, bullying, and kids who are LGBTQ. People need to come out with it, in my opinion, because if people decide to feel open, it will spread and soon we won’t have as much hatred maybe, in elementary schools and middle schools.”
  4. College Feminisms & New Media: This workshop provides media literacy to colleges, universities and students, focusing specifically on online writing, publication, and activism.  The aim is to develop 1) young feminist voices through pro-feminist, anti-racist, and anti-imperialist writing, and 2) university-wide teaching tools on topics like consent, shaming, representation, rape, identity, and intersectionality.

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Arts & Culture

  • Remembering and Honoring Toni Cade Bambara Sanchez

    Sonia Sanchez: What are we pretending not to know today? The premise as you said, my sister, being that colored people on planet earth really know everything there is to know. And if one is not coming to grips with the knowledge, it must mean that one is either scared or pretending to be stupid.

  • Hunger Kwame Laughing Foto

    They say you had the eye; they say you saw
    into people. They say you came before as shaman
    or bruja and returned as priestess; they say you were
    stonebreaker. But for me, you were a big sister
    feeling for a lonely brother with no language
    to lament, and you gave me more days, and
    more days. Yes, they could have called you
    Grace, Bambara; they could have called you that.

  • Stroller (A Screenplay) Black families and community

    Roxana Walker-Canton: Natalie sits in her own seat in front of her mother and looks out the window. Mostly WHITE PEOPLE get on and off the bus now. The bus rides through a neighborhood of single family homes. A BLACK WOMAN with TWO WHITE CHILDREN get on the bus. Natalie stares at the children.

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