Roundtable Discussion: Two Decades & Counting: Critical Reflections on "Intersectionality"

PRESS RELEASE
November 30, 2009

 SCA Speaker Series & the
African American Policy Forum Presents:


Two Decades & Counting: Critical Reflections on "Intersectionality"

 

 

This forum commemorates the 20th anniversary of the enunciation and analysis of "intersectionality" by legal theorist Kimberlé W. Crenshaw in her path-breaking essays, "Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics" (1989) and "Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color" (1991). Panelists explore the ongoing analytic purchase of "intersectionality" for anti-racist social critique and legal activism and also ask how the term has been transformed as it travels across different historical and disciplinary contexts.This forum commemorates the 20th anniversary of the enunciation and analysis of "intersectionality" by legal theorist Kimberlé W. Crenshaw in her path-breaking essays, "Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics" (1989) and "Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color" (1991). Panelists explore the ongoing analytic purchase of "intersectionality" for anti-racist social critique and legal activism and also ask how the term has been transformed as it travels across different historical and disciplinary contexts.

NOVEMBER 30, 2009
4:15 – 7:15 pm
Columbia Law School, 435 116th Street, Room 940

 A Panel Discussion
Intersectionality in Theory and Practice: Trajectories, Imaginaries and Mysteries

With:

Devon Carbado,  Vice Dean and Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Suzanne Goldberg, Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Chandan Reddy, Assistant Professor of English, University of Washington
Nikhil Singh, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU

DECEMBER 1, 2009
4:00 – 6:00 pm
20 Cooper Square, 4th Fl

A Roundtable Discussion
Intersectionality as Pedagogy and Method across Disciplines

With:

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Prof. of Law, Columbia University & UCLA Law School
Lisa Duggan, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU
Chandan Reddy, Assistant Professor of English, University of Washington
Karen Shimakawa, Associate Professor of Performance Studies, NYU

Bios

Devon Carbado, who serves as the Vice Dean of Faculty,  teaches Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, and Criminal Adjudication at the UCLA School of Law. He was elected Professor of the Year by the UCLA School of Law Class of 2000 and was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Harvard Law School’s Black Law Students Association. At Harvard, Professor Carbado was editor-in-chief of The Harvard Black Letter Law Journal, a member of the Board of Student Advisors, and winner of the Northeast Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition. After receiving his law degree, he joined Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles as an associate before his appointment as a Faculty Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. Professor Carbado writes in the areas of critical race theory, employment discrimination, criminal procedure, constitutional law, and identity, and is currently studying African-American responses to the internment of Japanese Americans. He is the Director of the Critical Race Studies Concentration at the Law School and a faculty associate of the Center for African American Studies.

Kimberlé Crenshaw teaches Civil Rights and other courses in critical race studies and constitutional law. Her primary scholarly interests center around race and the law, and she was a founder and has been a leader in the intellectual movement called Critical Race Theory. She now splits her time each year between UCLA and the Columbia School of Law. Professor Crenshaw’s publications include Critical Race Theory (edited by Crenshaw, et al., 1995) and Words that Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech and the First Amendment (with Matsuda, et al., 1993). In 2007, she was nominated the Fulbright Chair for Latin America in Brazil. In 2008, she was a fellow at the Center of Advanced Behavioral Studies at Stanford. Professor Crenshaw is the co-founder and Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum, a think tank that works to bridge the gap between scholarly research, public discourse and public policy related to inequality, discrimination and injustice.

Lisa Duggan is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. She is the author of Twilight of Equality? Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics and the Attack on Democracy and Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence and American Modernity, co-author with Nan Hunter of Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture, and co-editor with Lauren Berlant of Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and National Interest.

 

 Suzanne Goldberg joined the Columbia University faculty in Fall 2006. She currently directs Columbia’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic and teaches Civil Procedure, Lawyering, Social Change, and the Movement for Women’s and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights.

She formerly served as Law clerk to Justice Marie Garibaldi, New Jersey Supreme Court from 1990-91. Suzanne was a Skadden Foundation Fellow with Lambda Legal Defense from 1991-93; Senior Staff Attorney with Lambda Legal Defense, 1993-2000; Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham Law School, 1996-2000; On faculty of Rutgers Law School-Newark, 2000-2006 and was a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, 2004-05.

Additionally, Goldberg is a Member of the New Jersey Civil Practice Committee of the New Jersey Supreme Court (2002-present); Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law Annual Review Board of Advisors (1999-present); founder and past president of the Board of Directors of Immigration Equality (formerly the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force)

 Chandan Reddy is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of a number of articles on the topic of race, sexuality and late capitalism. He is currently at work on a forthcoming book entitled: A Freedom with Violence: Trajectories of US Modernity as a Politics of Race.

 

 

Karen Shimakawa is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at NYU. She is the author of National Abjection: The Asian American Body Onstage and co-editor (with Kandice Chuh) of Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora. Her current project, titled Somatic Citizenship, focuses on the construction and maintenance of bodily regimes of cultural identification and her research and teaching interests include critical race theory, law and performance, and Asian American Jurisprudence.

 Nikhil Singh is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University. He is the author of Black is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (Harvard, 2004) and the editor of Climin’ Jacob’s Ladder: The Black Freedom Movement Writings of Jack O’Dell (University of California, forthcoming).

 

 Thanks to our co-sponsors:
African American Policy Forum
American Studies Program
Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, and
the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality

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