To think through the post-Black feminist turn in intersectionality studies, Prof. Sirma Bilge engages another strand of radical Black thought, namely Afro-pessimism.
Since its initial articulation by Black feminist scholars, the concept 'intersectionality' has travelled across multiple disciplinary and geopolitical boundaries, generating much acclaim and criticism, as well as ornamental deployments to signify theoretical trendiness. Intersectionality’s global traction has also been accompanied by a curious move away from Black feminism and actual Black women.
Bilge questions what the evolutionary paths of intersectionality tell us about the specific ways contemporary university incorporates its own critiques, and how despite shifting configurations and rearticulations of racism, anti-Blackness remains the changing same.
Sirma Bilge (PhD, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III) is Full Professor of Sociology at Université de Montréal. She founded and directed the Intersectionality Research Unit at the Centre des études ethniques des universités montréalaises (CEETUM) from 2005 to 2010 and is elected board member of the Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations (RC05) of the International Sociological Association
(ISA). Her work engages with the intersections of social formations of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class, and examines how notions of national/ethnic sameness and otherness articulate themselves through gender and sexual regulation.
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