Black Feminist Artivism as Decolonial Praxis: Perspectives from Latin America

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 4:10pm
Roemmele Global Commons, Williams Hall

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Africana Studies* | American Studies | Latin American and Latino Studies | Center for Gender Equity

Black Feminist Artivism as Decolonial Praxis:

Perspectives from Latin America

Dr. Tanya Saunders

Associate Professor in the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women's Studies Research University of Florida

In this presentation, Dr. Saunders offers reflections on how Black feminist and queer Afro-futuristic artivism (arts-based activism) is a productive point in which to develop decolonial libration theory, and argues that the definition of "Human" is based on a process, colonial in origin, which is centered on a project of defining who is human being and who is not. Using research about the development of the ideologies of race, gender and non-normative sexualities, Dr. Saunders shows how the bodies of Black women were central in the construction of the "non-human" subject. In this presentation, she considers how this has profound implications for developing, and imaging liberation, and looks at the interventions of Black feminist and feminine identified Black male feminist interventions in challenging contemporary notion of "human," in order to create possibilities for another type of liberation. Data for this presentation is drawn from field work in Brazil(2008-present).

Thursdays, January 25, 2018  4:10pm   Roemmele Global Commons, Williams Hall

*Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those if the National Endowment for Humanities.

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