Black Feminist Futures and the Practice of Fugitivity

A lecture by Tina Campt
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
6:30 PM
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall

What kinds of “practice” create possibilities for new feminist futures? How do our everyday engagements with power complicate how we understand feminist struggle? Tina Campt uses black-feminist concepts to challenge the notion that resistance is the only way to understand the interplay between marginalized subjects and power. Focusing on archival photographs of black communities in diaspora, she explores the daily practices of black subjects whose struggles are often overlooked in an emphasis on collective and individual acts of resistance. The concept of “fugitivity” or “taking flight” emerges as a signature idiom of black diasporic culture. This can be a meaningful pathway for realizing the futures articulated by black feminist theory. Tina Campt is Ann Whitney Olin professor of Africana and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, and newly appointed co-director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women. She is the author of Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender and Memory in the Third Reich and Image Matters: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora in Europe.


Oct. 7, 2014 - 6:30 PM