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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.

Join Me (@jmjafrx) for the Thursday #UndergroundWGN Panel at #ASALH2017

#TeamTubman and #TeamErnestine mount up!!

Looking forward to participating on this roundtable at this year’s ASALH in Cincinnati!! The show may be canceled, but I’ll be #TeamTubman and #TeamErnestine forever. And I’m joining Regina N. Bradley, Deirdre Cooper Owens, Janell Hobson, and Amrita Chakrabarti Myers to discuss the show, the good, the bad, the provocative, and what it means to have histories of slavery on the small screen.

Details below. Be sure to book your flights for Wednesday so you can join us for this Thursday morning conversation.

And if you haven’t checked out Treva B. Lindsey’s interview with Aisha Hinds, the actress who played Harriet Tubman in the show, read it here.

Black Cyborgs

Things I said at #femDH that I want to remember: “Is a black person with a lantern a cyborg?” I was thinking through Simone Browne’s work on the lantern laws in New York City, instituted after the 1712 slave conspiracy. Liz, luckily, caught it, but I don’t want it lost in Twitter’s temperamental temporality:

Chinyere Tutashinda on Surveillance (#BlackCodeStudies, #femDH)

“In the 21st century, the overseer has jumped from outside on the street to online in your home. Without technology leaders and strategists dedicated to racial justice, Black communities – both citizen and migrant – will continue to bear the brunt of discriminatory policing, now in the high-tech world of the Internet…”


Honoring Horne and Black Diasporic Resistance at AAIHS

The African American Intellectual History Society recently honored the intellectual and activist work of African diaspora scholar Gerald Horne. Organized by Phillip Luke Sinitiere, if you haven’t yet or IFYMI, definitely explore the posts there by clicking below.

Thank you Phil, Keisha, and everyone at AAIHS for inviting me to contribute!

Rastus the Mechanical Negro (#BlackCodeStudies #FemDH)

Kidada E. Williams posted this image on Twitter nearly a year ago. I’ve come back to often since, to think about slavery, about black folks engagement with the digital era, technology, afrofutures, slavery. It brings to mind Sharpe’s call to live in the wake. It brings to mind Fuentes call to read the archive against the bias grain. In bringing these things to mind, I’m reminded and deeply grateful to all of the black feminist and black diaspora thinkers doing the work of pushing past the surface, under the water (subterranean routes), reading the dead books, and calling out alongside the murdered and the disappeared for justice.

I also recently shared it with the participants in the Feminist Digital Humanities course I co-taught with Liz Losh at this year’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute. Sharing much of that material over the next few days–because I can’t keep these browser tabs open any longer.

The thread below the tweet is as interesting as the tweet itself. Thank you Kidada for sharing.