On/By Black Women/Black Girls: A Symposium

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:30am to 6:15pm more dates through April 22, 2017

Africana Studies and Research Center, Multipurpose Room 310 Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

A two-day symposium recognizing the current critical moment in public discourses surrounding Black women and Black girlhood as a pivotal point for addressing questions related to Black feminism, coming of age in the African diaspora, and racialized gender violence.  The symposium convenes an interdisciplinary group of presenters focused on the intersection of race and gender in the lives of Black women and girls to address questions such as: How do the labels “girl” and “woman” reflect age-based, gendered, sexualized, national and classed identities that constrict and liberate Black subjects? On/By Black Women/Black Girls will attend to the interstices between Black girlhood and Black womanhood within the contexts of the U.S. and the broader African Diaspora. The Minority, Indigenous, & Third World Studies Research Group (MITWS) is the primary sponsor for this event.

Keynote address, Friday, April 21, 4:30pm: Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Chair, Women’s Research and Resource Center, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies, Spelman College.

Presenters will include:

Aimee Meredith Cox (Fordham U)

Dána-Ain Davis (Queens College, CUNY)

Naminata Diabate (Cornell U)

Abosede George (Barnard College, Columbia U)

Emma Kioko (Cornell U.)

Treva Lindsey (Harvard U., The Ohio State U)

Afifa Ltifi (Cornell U.)

Stacey Patton (Morgan State U.)

Sasha Phyars-Burgess (Cornell U.)

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon (Cornell U.)

Featured films:

On Friday, April 21 at 1:15pm, a screening of the short film Missing Melodie, followed by a Q and A with its director, Monique Campbell. Location: Africana Studies Center.

On Saturday, April 22 at 1pm, a special screening of Daughters of the Dust. Professor Samantha Sheppard (Cornell University, PMA) will introduce this digitally re-mastered version of Julie Dash’s seminal film and lead a discussion.  Location: Cornell Cinema.

Co-sponsors: Africana Studies and Research Center and Cornell Cinema.

Twitter account: https://twitter.com/BlkWomenGirls

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OnBy-Black-WomenBlack-Girls-Symposium-1141051459354638/

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