When Moya Bailey first coined the term “misogynoir,” she defined it as the ways anti-Black and misogynistic representation shape broader ideas about Black women, particularly in visual culture and digital spaces. At a time when Black women are depicted as more ugly, deficient, hypersexual, and unhealthy than their non-Black counterparts, Bailey explores how Black women have bravely used social media platforms to confront misogynoir in a number of courageous — and, most importantly, effective — ways.
The Spring 2021 edition of Political Concepts at Brown examines the present moment from the graduate student perspective. The conference addresses the crisis evidenced in the U.S. by the failure to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, sustained state violence against Black Americans, and increasingly active white supremacist movements. It wagers that graduate students have a distinctive political role as intellectual workers whose avowal of their lack of knowledge drives their will to generate concepts.
Diane Coffey, an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss her research on intergenerational transmission of poor population health resulting from India’s exceptionally poor maternal nutrition, tracing links among gender, stratification, and poor birth, childhood and adult health outcomes.
In an event that came about as the result of an undergraduate research project at Brown, artist Rayyane Tabet and curators Kim Benzel and Clare Davies will discuss the exhibition “Rayyane Tabet/Alien Property,” a project that engages with the story of the ninth-century B.C. stone reliefs excavated in the early 20th century at Tell Halaf, Syria, and their subsequent destruction, loss and dispersal to museum collections around the world.
In “Redlining Culture,” author Richard Jean So draws on big data, literary history and close readings to offer an unprecedented analysis of racial inequality in American publishing that reveals the persistence of an extreme bias toward white authors. Rather than seeing the postwar period as the era of multiculturalism, So will argue in this book talk that we should understand it as the invention of a new form of racial inequality — one that continues to shape the arts and literature today.
Young people sentenced to life in prison often refer to themselves as Juvenile Lifers — and while many of them spend decades fighting their sentences, only some are ultimately released. Former Juvenile Lifer John A Pace will have an open conversation with Abd’allah Wali Lateef, Tamika Bell and Jorge Cintron about the fight to give juveniles a second chance at life and how they reclaimed their freedom after years behind bars.
Tarde de Recital will showcase artistic work from undergraduate and graduate students in the Hispanic Studies program. The performance will feature poetry, music and performances in Spanish, English or both, followed by an open mic, for which participants can register beforehand.