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Jennifer Nash Lecture: "Love Letter from a Critic, or Notes on the Intersectionality Wars"

Monday, May 20, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Erb Memorial Union (EMU), 231/232 (Spruce/Cedar)
1395 University Street, Eugene, OR 97403

Join us for a much-anticipated talk by Dr. Jennifer C. Nash of Northwestern University. Professor Nash's talk is the final installment in the 2018-2019 New Directions in Black Feminist Studies Speaker Series, organized by Dr. Shoniqua Roach.

Talk abstract: "Love Letter from a Critic, or Notes on the Intersectionality Wars" follows the word “critic” around the black feminist archive, endeavoring to trace its myriad meanings by asking: Who are intersectionality’s critics, and what precisely makes those scholars’ works critical?  Why has the term “critic” come to circulate and proliferate around intersectionality in recent years? Why are black feminists so deeply invested in exposing the “critic”? The talk explores the affective lure of the term critic, engaging how the term “critic” has become the centerpiece of the intersectionality wars that black feminism has found itself mired in, and asking how the constant invocation of the malicious critic as a pernicious outsider becomes a crucial strategy through which black feminists reassert their territorial hold on intersectionality.​

Speaker bio: Jennifer C. Nash is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University. Her work focuses on black sexual politics, black feminism, and intersectionality and the debates around it. Her first book, The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography (Duke University Press, 2014), was awarded the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize by the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Language Association in 2015. Her second book, Black Feminism Reimagined (Duke University Press, 2019), rewrites black feminist theory’s engagement with intersectionality. Nash has held fellowships at the Columbia Society of Fellows and the WEB Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. She also received a Woodrow Wilson Junior Faculty Career Enhancement Grant.