The Department of Gender and Race Studies will hold its 3rd Annual Recovering Black Women’s Voices and Lives Symposium on October 20, 2011 in the Heritage Room at the Ferguson Center located on the University of Alabama’s campus.
The Symposium aims to highlight the significant, groundbreaking and central contributions of African American and Afro-Descendent women to literary studies, intellectual history, feminist thought and theory, and cultural production by engaging the work of scholars and activists nationally and internationally.
With this year’s theme, “Transnational Feminisms: Women in the African Diaspora,” we hope to foster discussion around the significance of transnational feminisms in decolonizing the contested terrain of knowledge production upon which the lives, histories, and subjectivities of Black women in the African Diaspora are constituted and reconstituted within global relations of power.
We are delighted to welcome Dr. M. Jacqui Alexander as our Keynote Speaker for the event. We have three plenary sessions scheduled with scholars from across the U.S., Canada, France, and Nigeria who take a variety of interdisciplinary, theoretical and methodological approaches to our theme in relation to the Caribbean, West Africa, and transnational contexts in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. Of particular interest are the ways in which transnational feminist theories are put into practice by scholars, public intellectuals, practitioners, and activists on the ground.
This event is free and open to the public.
|8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
|8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
|8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Panel I: Feminist Negotiations in Transnational Contexts
|10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
|10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Panel II: Marketing Identities: Encounters, Economies, and Mobilities
|11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Documentary Screening with Dr. Rachel Raimist and Roundtable Discussion: Transnational Activism
|1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Panel III: African Women’s Struggles through Violence and Instability
|2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
|3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Panel IV: Experiencing the Transnational through Performance and Spectacle
|4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
|6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Catered Reception to follow, Gorgas House
Driving Directions & Parking Information:
You may find driving directions on the Ferguson Center’s website at: http://www.ferguson.ua.edu/directions.cfm
Free parking is available to attendees of the Symposium if you park in the lot with the red arrow below. Please notify the Registration Table when you arrive if you need a pass to place in your car if you’ve parked in this lot. The free lot is the large open lot directly across from the Ferguson Center between McCorvey Drive and Seventh Avenue. Parking is also available in the Ferguson Center Parking Deck for a $5.00 fee.
You may print a copy of the parking map here.