The Department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama invites submissions for the 2nd Annual Recovering Black Women’s Voices and Lives Symposium on this year’s topic: Black Women as Public Intellectuals: Past, Present, and Future. The event will be held October 7, 2010.
Since the 1830s, with the advent of Maria’s Stewart’s career as a public lecturer, Black women have participated in racial freedom movements as public intellectuals. Publicly prominent African American women have often drawn the ire and resistance of others, including African American men, many of whom have believed that Black women should confine their race work to the domestic sphere. This symposium will consider both the legacies and the contemporary work of Black female public intellectuals. What are the personal and political concerns that drive Black women’s public intellectual work? How do those concerns simultaneously inhibit Black women’s effectiveness in the public sphere? What is the relationship between scholar-activist, a term Black women readily embrace, and public intellectual, a term that presents more problems? We invite proposals for papers or panels on topics including but not limited to:
• The history of Black women as public intellectuals
• Black women public intellectuals and sexual politics
• Black women public intellectuals and Black feminism
• The Politics of Black women’s public lives
• Contemporary Black women public intellectuals
• Emerging Black women public intellectuals
• The nature and content of Black women’s public intellectual production
• Non-academic Black women public intellectuals
• Black women public intellectuals and family
• The private lives of public women
• Black women as public intellectuals in the age of technology
For individual papers please submit a 250 word abstract and a CV of no more than 2 pages. Abstracts should include a phone number and email address. For panel presentations, please submit a panel abstract of 450 words or less, along with the names and paper titles of each presenter, contact information [phone and email] for the primary contact person, and a CV of no more than 2 pages for each presenter. Proposals are welcome from academics, community activists, graduate students and undergraduate students. Panels should include 3-4 presenters. We will provide moderators for each panel session. Please send proposals and queries to Dr. Brittney Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15, 2010. Call 205-348-9556 for more information.
Brittney Cooper, Ph.D.
University of Alabama
101 Manly Hall
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