Lecture by Jennifer Nash (Northwestern), "Love Letter from a Critic, Or Notes on the Intersectionality Wars"
"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”? In other words, the talk explores the affective lure of the term critic, engaging the variety of ways the term 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 hold on intersectionality, and perform their collective desire to shield intersectionality from violent criticism. In place of entrenching black feminism’s territorial relationship with intersectionality, one which responds to the analytic’s centrality to women’s studies through asserting a proprietary claim to the analytic and guarding it from imagined outsiders, this talk asks what would happen if we – black feminists – considered intersectionality’s critics as figures who lovingly address us, who bring (rather than take), who generate (rather than destroy), who offer and participate in black feminism’s long-standing world-making project.
Prof. Nash will also lead a faculty/grad colloquium on her book The Black Body in Ecstasy (Duke UP) from 12:30-2:00 in 602 Cathedral of Learning (Humanities Center).
The campus visit of Professor Nash is sponsored by GSWS and co-sponsored by the Humanities Center, the Depts. of Communication and Africana Studies, and the Year of Diversity.
This event is part of a cluster of spring term events on intersectionality. For more events click here.
Location and Address
602 Cathedral of Learning (Humanities Center)