Towards an Intellectual History of Black Women

2011 April 20

This conference at Columbia next weekend, April 28-30, looks hot:

Towards an Intellectual History of Black Women: An International Conference

Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 9:00am – Saturday, April 30, 2011 – 6:00pm
Columbia University Faculty House

Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women: An International ConferenceThis conference features emerging work on black women’s contributions to black thought, political mobilization, creative work and gender theory. Scholarly Panels, Roundtables, and Keynote delivered by Professor Elizabeth Alexander will focus on black women as intellectuals across a broad geography including Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America, and Europe. Over a period of three days we aim to piece together a history of black women’s thought and culture that maps the distinctive concerns and historical forces that have shaped black women’s ideas and intellectual activities.

The conference is sponsored by Columbia University’s Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference (CCASD), Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWAG), Institute for Social and Economic Research Policy (ISERP), Office of the Provost, and History Department.

Conference Organizers:

  • Farah J. Griffin
    William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies – Columbia University.
  • Mia Bay
    Professor of History — Rutgers University
  • Martha Jones
    Associate Professor of History — University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Barbara D. Savage
    Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History — University of Pennsylvania

There’s a tentative schedule at the conference website. Registration is required, but it’s free; register here.

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