VIDEO: Me (@jmjafrx) at Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body at UICA

Panel Talk: Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body

About the panel:

Join us for a discussion led by a panel of community organizers, scholars, and artists as we investigate depictions of the black female body in art and in United States’ popular culture. The panel will recognize ways that traditional representations of black women aid in systemic racism and marginalization, and will consider methods for using visual language to challenge stereotypes instead of perpetuate them.

Check out the video below and click through for a link to a digital download of the audiobook More than a Woman.

Published on Jun 29, 2017

Join us for a discussion led by a panel of community organizers, scholars, and artists as we investigate depictions of the black female body in art and in United States’ popular culture. The panel will recognize ways that traditional representations of black women aid in systemic racism and marginalization, and will consider methods for using visual language to challenge stereotypes instead of perpetuate them.

Meet the Panelists.
Jessica Marie Johnson, Ph.D writes about histories of slavery and the slave trade; women, gender, and sexuality in the African diaspora; and digital history and new media. Her current book manuscript is a history of free women of African descent laboring, living, and traveling between eighteenth-century Senegal, Saint-Domingue, and Gulf Coast Louisiana. Her second project is a collaboration with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University) compiling work reading nineteenth-century black codes against present-day “black code” or digital vernaculars of people of African descent. Johnson is the founder/curator of African Diaspora, Ph.D, and is the recipient of research fellowships and awards from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, the Richards Civil War Era Center, and the Africana Research Center at the Pennsylvania State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Regis M. Fox, Assistant Professor of English at Grand Valley State University, earned her Ph. D in English from the University of California, Riverside. Her primary research interests include Nineteenth-Century American Literatures, Feminist Theory, and African-American Literary and Cultural Studies. She has published in such journals as Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal and the Journal of American Studies, as well as in edited collections, including A Determined Life: The Elizabeth Keckley Reader (Eno Press 2016). A McKnight Junior Faculty Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year, she is currently completing her book manuscript under contract with University Press of Florida titled Unsung, Unwavering: Nineteenth-Century Black Women’s Epistemologies and the Liberal Problematic.

Janice Bond is a curator, interdisciplinary artist, and cultural producer specializing in arts and culture. As a visual/multimedia artist, her original paintings, installations, and collective soundscapes focus on multidimensional human perspectives and identity, sacred geometry, sound frequencies, and indigenous fractal patterns found in various cultures and urban landscapes. In 2014, Bond opened Gallery ONI, a contemporary art gallery and cultural space located in Chicago, Illinois dedicated to promoting the work of women artists of color. As featured guest curator for Here + Now, Bond will present a new iteration of Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body, which debuted at Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery in early 2016.

Breannah Alexander is Director of Strategic Programs at Partners for a Racism-Free Community. She is responsible for the management of all external community-based programming, education program design and communications. Additionally she is the Founder and Managing Director of women reVamped, an organization established in response to a growing need for female centered initiatives and a personal passion for ensuring the empowerment of young girls. Breannah’s previous experience includes serving as the Program Manager of Michigan’s Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps Program, an AmeriCorps State member at Grand Rapids Community Foundation and 6 years working in various capacities with youth grant-makers in Michigan and across the nation. She is also Co-Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Grand Rapids board and a Leader with Opportunity Nation, a national campaign to increase economic mobility for young people in the United States. Breannah was previously a Commissioner on the Michigan Community Service Commission, and board member of the Michigan LEAGUE board.