Black Feminist Thought: Labor, Genealogy, Memory

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Black Feminist Thought

Spring 2021

Taught By: Romy Opperman

Section: A

CRN: 8814

Credits: 3

The course provides students with a strong grounding in Black feminist thought and introduces some of the key figures, problems, and debates that shape the field. We will trace how a number of Black feminist thinkers respond to Liberal and Marxist feminism and to the Black radical tradition by thinking (social and biological) reproduction through the frame of slavery and its afterlives. We will also pay close attention to how figures such as Patricia Hill Collins, Sylvia Wynter, Hortense Spillers, and Saidiya Hartman engage with Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Benjamin, de Certeau, and Foucault. Through this lens we will explore how the concern with reproduction in the Black feminist tradition opens onto important treatments of memory, genealogy, and philosophy of history. The course closes by turning to more recent work that has shown how questions of reproduction can open onto Black queer and trans* feminist thought, as well as rich considerations of animality, ecology, and the human.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:37pm 6/13/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/21/2021 - 5/6/2021