1st Edition

Feminist Solidarity at the Crossroads Intersectional Women’s Studies for Transracial Alliance

Edited By Kim Marie Vaz, Gary L. Lemons Copyright 2012
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    Women’s studies programs and departments face ongoing fall-out from an economic crisis in higher education. Taking the form of budget-cuts, reduction of faculty lines and other resource allocations, for some programs and departments it has meant at best, a loss of disciplinary autonomy through consolidation, and at worst, academic foreclosure. Feminist Solidarity at the Crossroads articulates a politics of commitment, hope, and possibility wrought in the coming-together of a group of feminist women and men—across racial, cultural, nation/state, sexual, and gender differences—during a tough budgetary time threatening Women’s Studies programs across the nation. This anthology affirms the continued necessity of bridge-building alliances in women’s studies and contemplates with promise the theory and practice of feminist solidarity forged through the course of its production. While the essays in this book display a complex diversity of feminist thought and modes of intersectional strategies, they reflect a unity of comradery and a spirit of collectivity so necessary for these turbulent times.

    Foreword: Disloyalty to Whiteness: Practicing What We Preach.  Beverly Guy-Sheftall.  Acknowledgments.  Introduction: "If I Call You, Will You Come?" From Public Lectures to Testament for Feminist Solidarity  Kim Marie Vaz and Gary L. Lemons  Part 1: Women’s Studies at the Intersection of the Margins, Once Again  1. Resegregating Women’s Studies: "‘Racial Aliteracy’: White Appropriation of Black Presences" Revisited  Kim Marie Vaz  2. Resisting Erasure: An Anti-Sexist and Anti-Racist Response to the Decline of Institutional Support for Women’s Studies  Julie DuMois-Sands and Kim Marie Vaz  3. Keep on Keepin’ On: Multicultural Women’s Studies and the New Managerialism  Barbara Scott Winkler  Part 2: Embodying Theory, Intersectional Herstories: A Call to Remember  4. Intellectual Genealogies, Intersectionality, and Anna Julia Cooper  Vivian M. May  5. Remembering This Bridge Called My Back, Remembering Ourselves  M. Jacqui Alexander  6. Why the Academy Needs Womanism, Now More Than Ever  Layli (Phillips) Maparyan  Part 3: From "Heart to Heart": Intersectional Approaches to Teaching in the Spirit of Political Love  7. Heart to Heart: Teaching with Love  bell hooks  8. "Brothers of the Soul": Men Learning About and Teaching in the Spirit of Feminist Solidarity  Gary L. Lemons and Scott Neumeister  9. "Making Our Roads by Walking": Using Feminist Theory and Practices in Labor Studies Teaching  Thandabantu Iverson  10. A Eulogy for Black Women's Studies?  LaMonda Horton-Stallings  Part 4: At the Crossroads of Feminist Solidarity: New Coalitions, New Alliances  11. Black Feminist Masculinities: Turning Points and Intersections  Aaronette White  12. "Women’s Studies Is Not My Home?" When Personal and Political Professions Become Acts of Emancipatory Confession  Gary L. Lemons  13. Antiracist Interventions in the Academy: Towards a Feminist Politics of Relation and Accountability  Aimee Carrillo Rowe and Ann Russo  Part 5: Practicing Anti-Domination Politics: Visionary, Soulful Interventions  14. Making Face, Making Soul: Spiritual Activism and Social Transformation  AnaLouise Keating  15. Against the Politics of Compensatory Domination  Christine (Cricket) Keating


    Kim Marie Vaz is an Associate Professor of Psychological and Social Foundations at the University of South Florida. 

    Gary L. Lemons is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida.