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Women’s Studies Graduate Organization (WSGO) Pre-Conference Event

When Feb 24, 2017
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 216 Willard Building
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Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Whitney Battle-BaptisteIn the last chapter of my book, Black Feminist Archaeology, I used the words “moving mountains and liberating dialogues” to describe how I felt about writing a book with these three words together. This venture took all of the strength I had, but seemed like the only way for me to have a conversation that mattered.  My work as a student of historical archaeology and the African Diaspora were often at odds, however, I also realized that I had to speak through these complex identities, for they were linked by a number of important intersections. The works of African descendant women describing our own experiences has always been the most reliable source for my developing a coherent theoretical dialogue about women in captivity and beyond.  Black Feminist Archaeology, therefore, demonstrates through an analysis of the material past a method to positively enhance the texture and depth of how we understand the experiences of captive African peoples and further creates an archaeology that can be directly linked to the larger quest for social and political justice. For my presentation, I will also talk about how my identity (as varied as it is) has led my research to reflect who I am and what I bring to the discipline of archaeology in general.

Co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Graduate Organization (WSGO) and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department.