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Upcoming Event

November 7, 2014 - Seminar with Joy James, Ph.D.

Joy James, Ph.D., is F.C. Oakley Chair at Williams College where she teaches in the Humanities and Political Science. James is a board member of CONNECT, a Harlem-based nonprofit that works to end domestic and social violence. Her most recent book is "Seeking the Beloved Community".

“The Political Function of Black Maternal Captivity and the Sci-Fi Family”

 

This talk examines historical and contemporary black mothering as a political response to captivity, disenfranchisement, and violence. Working through the lens of writer Octavia Butler, and historical and contemporary legislation dictating family structure and stability, I argue that prevailing social attitudes express sexual-racial animus against the creativity and oppositional politics of black mothering. I view black mothering as a form of political action, an endeavor that occurs within the home and within social movements. The icon or stereotype of the black maternal coexists with the activism of ideologically diverse black mothering, and the utopian and dystopian battles of the "Sci-Fi Family" in which blacks serve as synonym for  aliens.  The black maternal, mothering, embattled family, all have functions that shape the values and politics of the greater democracy.

216 Willard
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Please RSVP to Dawn Noren at dmn11@psu.edu by 11/6/14.

FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC

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