Jan 25

Race and Gender

Guest Lecturer: Kimberley Phillips, Associate Professor of History, American Studies and Black Studies, College of William and Mary.

Kimberley Phillips received her Ph.D. from Yale University (American Studies, 1992). She has written articles about oral history methods, black migration out of the South, and black church building in the urban north. Her book, AlabamaNorth: African-American Migrants, Community, and Working-Class Activism in Cleveland, 1915 to 1945, was published by the University of Illinois Press in 1999. In addition to her traditional scholarship, Phillips has curated museum exhibitions and organized numerous public history projects. Her new book project is entitled: The Work of Nation: Black Soldiers, Citizens, and Workers. She has also written articles on oral history methods, black popular culture, and African Americans and religion.

ABSTRACT: Until recently, gender has been ignored as a critical and integral concept in understanding Africana Studies. Recent scholarship and courses, however, have included gender, reshaping long-standing paradigms in Africana Studies. This lecture will outline scholars' work in this effort. It will explore the different and interconnected historical, social, and cultural constructions of race and gender. The assigned readings are widely considered as pathbreaking.