This book uses a decolonial Black feminist lens to understand the contemporary significance of the practices and politics of indifference in United States higher education. It illustrates how higher education institutions are complicit in maintaining dominant social norms that perpetuate difference. It weaves together Black feminisms, affect and queer theory to demonstrate that the ways in which human bodies are classified and normalized in societal and scientific terms contribute to how the minoritized and marginalized feel White higher education spaces. The text espouses a Black Feminist Shad(e)y Theoretics to read the university, by considering the historical positioning of the modern university as sites in which the modern body is made and remade through empirically reliable truth claims and how contemporary knowledges and academic disciplinary inheritances bear the fingerprints of racist sexist science even as the academy tries to disavow its inheritance through so-called inclusive practices and policies today.
This book will appeal to students and scholars interested in Black feminism, Gender and women's studies, Black and ethnic studies, sociology, decoloniality, queer studies and affect theory.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Reading the University: Coloniality and the Making of the Human 2. Yearning, the Politics of Indifference and the Apathetic Methodology of Power 3. Feeling Inclusion/Exclusion 4. Reading Toward Aspiration: A Black Feminist Shad(e)y Theoretics and the Politics of Elsewhere and Whatever Conjecture Not Conclusion: Decoloniality, the Poetics of Science and Curation Ethics in "Our" Creolized Elsewhere Spaces
Andrea N. Baldwin is an Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech, USA.