College of Liberal Arts

Diaspora Talk Examines Black Femininisms, Vodou Epistemologies of Gender

Monday Oct 17, 2011 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Warfield Center, Jester A232A

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The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies is hosting a talk by Omise'eke Tinsley, associate professor of English and African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota. As part of the Diaspora Talk Series, Tinsley will discuss "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.

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