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What kind of racial reckoning is this?: Black LGBTQ Practices of Care amid Spatial Marginalization
Marlon Bailey, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University
Wednesday, February 16th @ 12pm
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Fifty Shades of Yellow: Fetishism and the Politics of Race and Culture in Crazy Rich Asians and #GoldOpen
Sylvia Chong, Associate Professor of English, University of Virginia
Friday, March 11th @ 12pm
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Creativity and Black Feminist Knowledge at the End of the World
Matt Richardson, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Wednesday, April 27th @ 12pm
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About this series:

Feminism on the Edge commemorates the 30th anniversary of the founding of the department of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley to commemorate and reflect on the department’s history, its pivotal role in the field of feminist studies, and its future trajectories. As we celebrate the department’s 30th anniversary, the speaker series is designed to make two critical interventions. The first is to serve as an invitation to honor the radical forms of feminist pedagogy, theory, and practice that have placed the department on the cutting edge of feminist scholarship and praxis. This is a field of intellectual inquiry that has emerged from the diverse community of feminist scholars and students working in the fields of decolonial and transnational feminisms. There is much to celebrate in our history.

Yet while the symposium celebrates the department’s many achievements in the face of institutional precarity, it also considers the tensions, friction, fissures, and internal struggles that have characterized the history of the department as well. The speaker series asks what forms of institutional violence are embedded in the formalization of women’s and gender studies as academic programs and a disciplinary field? Who and what have been the casualties of this process and how might our understanding of the field shift by centering the voices of feminist scholars who have been marginalized in celebratory narratives of institutionalization and canonization? How has the discipline (particularly in its local/institutional iterations) engaged this complex history? And by doing so, how might we map new, more equitable, transformative and reparative futures for the field of feminist studies?

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