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Black Feminism & the Practice of Care

November 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Black Feminism & the Practice of Care

Friday, November 16th, 2018


9:00am Breakfast, 9:30am Conversations begin, 4:30pm Light Reception

UCLA Faculty Center, Sequoia Room

Audre Lorde famously maintained that “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” This gathering explores the concept of care against the backdrop of Lorde’s quote, through the lens of black feminist epistemology and praxis. It deliberately understands care as a community practice of generating power, as well as an individual ethic of self-love, and asks how ideas about care shape our political activism, critiques of power, and dreams of freedom. It also seeks to reimagine black wellbeing within a self-help culture that privileges whiteness and normative femininity, and explores how black people have cared for one another across time and space. Finally, it reconsiders the most familiar narratives of stress and depletion to show how black lives are diminished by state violence, historical trauma, neoliberal assaults, heteropatriarchal norms, ravaging kin ties, and intramural violence. How can we engage new possibilities for self-care, radical healing, wholeness, and joy?

Conversations by…

Aisha Finch | UCLA
Beverley Hanson | Sistren Theater Collective
Cheryl Harris | UCLA
Courtney Marshall | Phillips Exeter Academy
Erica Ball | Occidental College
Honor Ford-Smith | York University
Imani Johnson | UC Riverside
Jasmine Seydullah | Vassar College
Jessica Johnson | Johns Hopkins University
Jessica Millward | UC Irvine
Judith Casselburry | Bowdoin College
LaKisha Simmons | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Marne Campbell | Loyola Marymount University
SA Smythe | UC Irvine
Sarah Haley | UCLA
Terrion Williamson | University of Minnesota
Tiffany Willoughby-Herard | UC Irvine

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Sponsored by the UC Consortium for Black Studies in California, the Center for the Study of Women, the Department of Gender Studies, the Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity,

the Division of Humanities, the Division of Social Sciences, and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies


Please note that this is a fragrance-free event


November 16, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


UCLA Faculty Center