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Thu, Feb 20


Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley

CRG Thursday Forum Series Featuring Dr. Savannah Shange

Join Black/Girlhood Imaginary working group and Dr. Savannah Shange for a conversation about Black feminisms, methodologies, and Black girlhood. Hosted by the Center for Race & Gender Thursday Forum Series.

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CRG Thursday Forum Series Featuring Dr. Savannah Shange
CRG Thursday Forum Series Featuring Dr. Savannah Shange

Time & Location

Feb 20, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley, 691 Barrows Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

About the Event

In conversation with Dr. Savannah Shange (Assistant Professor in Anthropology at University of California, Santa Cruz), the Black/Girlhood Imaginary working group will have an open discussion related to Black feminisms, methodologies, and Black girlhood. We theorize “Black/Girlhood Imaginary” through temporality, embodiment, performance (Taylor, 2003), and confinement. We believe that, as thriving Black feminist scholars, “Black/Girlhood Imaginary” illuminates the space, the chasm, the fissure, and the interstices of Black girlhoods. In order to continue to investigate this imaginary—this rupture birthed out of Black feminism (Collins, 1990)—we will use this conversation as an opportunity to work through our framework. We draw from Dr. Shange’s most recent article, “Black Girl Ordinary: Flesh, Carcerality, and the Refusal of Ethnography,” and her forthcoming book, Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Antiblackness, and Schooling in San Francisco (2019).

Our discussion includes central questions regarding what is at stake for Black girls in a progressive era of education and what methods offer insight into their lives. More specifically, we ask questions in regard to Shange’s development of ethics and accountability when conducting an ethnography that engages Black girls. Finally, we will learn from Dr. Shange how Black girls refuse and utilize those refusals to navigate the landscapes of power relations in a dystopic progressive politic.

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