SAT NOTES: Feminisms of Color
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Du Boisian Scholar Network, 2019 Convening
Session Notes
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Note: sheet two has pictures from work that was done on the board during the session
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Note Taker(s):Gabrielle L. Peterson
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Email of Note taker(s):glpeters@umich.edu
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Date:Sat, May 4
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I. TopicsII. Summary Comments[response or follow-up]III. Action Item
IV. Date of First Contact/Follow Up
V. Contact Lead Name(s)VI. Contact Lead Email
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intentions what is on our minds
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what are the stakes
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creating a new language
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thinking about the network as a way to unite scholars from different disciplines
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mapping exercise in the space for
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introductions (who are you and who are your people?) amy chin - grad student of color at Brown - her ppl are the asian-american women that survived war
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emily owens - historian - accountable to parents
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debrief of think-pair-share: what brings you to this room? And what do you work on?
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dubosian sociology
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feminism of color familiarity with feminisms, black feminisms, womanism. how the term woc can be used to erase black women/feminisms
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black liberation as a loved experience - often 'how we get free' - can be about joy. in engaging these spaces we learn creative ways to approach liberation ossie davis - i find in eing black a thing of joy
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ossie davis - i find in eing black a thing of joy | often white scholars not in these spaces and thus unable to imagine liberation with these frameworks
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joy as pleasure as seeking pleasure joy and pleasure needing to be interrogated with harms and pains that come with being racialized and gendered beings
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membership - in london context the diverse racial groups that are considered black feminist. the us context it would be woc; expanding
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representations
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questions around dubois's views or even international view. question - how you see feminisms in dubois work existing emily - feminisms and dubois being parrallel but not intersecting
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what are the possibilities of doing dubosian sociology; his work was not solely sociology. he took his ideas into thr world for othrr disciplimes and even activists not involved in the aademy reference to dubois's experiences in NAACP
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Misogny - dubois's relationship with black women contemporaries where does feminisms fit within Dubois? Reference to Marx who was not
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ida b wells anna julia cooper who held dubois accountable. One of the legacies of dubois is where asking cis men to do this work becomes rife with contradictions (relationship to black women intellectuals and even records of his sexual assault)parallel to contemporary black male contemporaries who have a complex relationship with black feminists
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significance of the male body as considered intellectual - because black men could wear the three-piece suit like their white male counterparts, they could more easily blend in; different experiences of black women who, due to their bodies
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how long do we wait or how long do they wait to honor ida b wells with a portrait idea of when/where i enter. idea that black women have to wait until after black men are recognized
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ida b wells -- similarity between race question (wells) and the negro question (dubois) ; idea dubois was not the only one writing about race. but when she is acknowledged as a race woman, which overshadows comtributions and conflates her work with other women. similar to thr silencing of angela davis's queer identity
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exploring tensions between these ideas - dubois(ian); sociology; feminism of color; themes
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anything to add significance of allyship, transnationalism, and how his framework of decolonization can be helpful for other groups’ experiences
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where we land after we're done. questions and calls to action goal: bring an agenda to the townhall
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we are talking about engagement as well; how do we engage in the communitycoming to the us dealing with questions surrounding one's ability to be an activist and academic simultaneously; also consideration of where people are in career — tenure track, tenured, full — how it looks in that space
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breakout groups
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liberation - joy, pleasure
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representatiom
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theoretical
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body + material
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engagement
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representationexpansive sociology, for example how sojourner truth was a sociologist
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you don't need a phd to be a feminist / don't need a phd to be a dubosian feminist sociologist
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challenge the boundaries surrounding who gets to be a scholar
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what does it mean to canonize dubois; understanding the students’ continued experiences of oppression even when departments teach and canonize dubois
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not ignoring history of sexual assault; can we celebrate him while remembering/recognizing this harm
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teaching sociology with care
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engagement the more vulnerable you are the more risks you are taking by engaging. identifying systems and mechanims in academia that prevent us from engaged scholarshipspecifically women of color
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tendency to work on positivist,quantitative research, devaluation of qualitative research.
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feminist thought ghettoized and marginalized. ppl borrowing black feminist thought not crediting or promotimg the scholars that produce it
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engagement as work that engages your spirit, not just public-facing work"take care of your spirit because this is the place where spirits get eaten"
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Joyneed for work that speaks to the complexity and nuance of black life; ignoring impulse to ;academy wanting "An in" to black pain; prioritization of trauma when there are examples of joy
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start with the body and building upon it with intersectional frameworks (sexuality, gender)
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citation knowing the scholarly culture and it wasn't the style at the time to reference/cite ideas. ppl knew he was referencing black women, thus a cool project would be excabating his work for the blackfemonist thought he was referencing
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