Black Feminist Theory
Professor Roderick Ferguson
This course is designed to introduce you to some of the major themes in black feminist theory. The course does so by presenting classic texts with more recent ones to give you a sense of the vibrancy of black feminist theory for addressing past and present concerns. Rather than interpret black feminist theory as a critical formation that simply puts race, gender, sexuality, and class into conversation with one another, the course apprehends that formation as one that produces epistemic and political shifts in how we understand politics, empire, history, the law, and aesthetic culture. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the areas into which black feminism intervened. It is merely a sample of some of the most vibrant ideological and discursive contexts in which black feminism caused certain epistemic and political transformations.
Student Blog Posts
Futures Through Resistance
My entire educational experience has been one of a ruthlessly ugly racial project – fromnearly every school building and every class. Beginning in public schools that shoved me intoremedial and English Second Language programs because I lived in a triliginal household withmy Ethiopian parents, I instantly felt stupid. But unpacking all my experiences in educationwould…
My (Institutional) Autobiography of Race
The following is a journal entry from my first year of college: 3/28/19: Cancer “Hi khue DR. Joe Nguyen called mommy and let her know she has breast cancer. We will see the cancer specialist decides what to do we will update the news later ok pray for mommy ok. I was in an extracurricular…