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Diaspora Talks Series - 'Honoring Ezili's Work : Black Feminism, Vodou Epistemologies of Gender, and the Work of the Imagination' with Dr. Omise'eke Tinsley, Associate Professor, Department of English and African American and African Studies, The University of Minnesota

Mon, October 17, 2011 • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM • Warfield Center/ISESE Gallery A232A

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Diaspora Talks Series- 'Honoring Ezili's Work : Black Feminism, Vodou Epistemologies of Gender, and the Work of the Imagination'

Monday, October 17th, 2011

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Warfield Center - ISESE Gallery

Dr. Omise'eke Tinsley, Associate Professor, Department of English and African American and African Studies, The University of Minnesota

Honoring Ezili's Work: Black Feminism, Vodou Epistemologies of Gender, and the Work of the Imagination

This talk engages the Haitian figure Ezili, a Vodou lwa (divinity) of femininity, creativity, and prosperity, in order to situate discussions of non-normative Black diasporic genders not primarily through queer or trans-gender theory, but within a lineage of African diaspora feminisms.

It turns to oral, written, and filmic texts in order to trace how the submerged Afro-Atlantic epistemology of Vodoun provides a conceptual framework complex enough to narrate the racialized and classed genders that diasporic Africans negotiate: one which allows them to imagine new possibilities for culturally specific genders, friendship/kinship networks, and calls for economic justice.

 

Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley is the author of Thiefing Sugar: Eroticism Between Women in Caribbean Literature, a lovingly researched study which traces how Caribbean women writers queer landscape-as-female-beloved metaphors in order to imagine a poetics of decolonization. She is currently an associate professor of English and African and African American Studies at the University of Minnesota,Twin Cities.

 

Sponsored by: John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies


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