This timely and informative volume centres how global Black feminist narratives of care are important to our contemporary theorizing and highlights the transgressive potential of a critical transnational Black feminist pedagogical praxis.
This text not only details how such praxis can be revolutionary for the academy but also provides poignant examples of the student scholarship that can be produced when such pedagogy is applied. Drawing on narratives from Black women around the globe, the book features chapters on pedagogy, mentorship, art, migration, relationships, and how Black women make sense of navigating social and institutional barriers. Readers of the text will benefit from an interdisciplinary, global approach to Black feminisms that centres the narratives and experiences of these women. Readers will also gain knowledge about the historical and contemporary scholarship produced by Black women across the globe.
This book is an invaluable resource for scholars and researchers, including graduate students in Caribbean feminisms, Black feminisms, transnational feminism, sociology, political science, the performing arts, cultural studies, and Caribbean studies.
0. Home-Grown and Grounded: Black Caribbean Feminist Pedagogies in Global Conversation
Andrea N. Baldwin and Tonya Haynes
SECTION I: Black Feminisms: Sites of Black Feminist Existence
1. Women’s Studies After Wynter: Teaching Gender and Development Studies in a Gender-Conscious Caribbean
2. The Geography of Healing at the End of the World: Black Scholar Practitioners Who Evoke Toni Morrison’s The Clearing
Kimberly Nicole Williams
3. Public Scholarship as B(l)ack Talk: African Feminist Collaborations in the Academy and Online
Rachel Afi Quinn and Maurine Ogonnaya Ogbaa
SECTION II: Black Women’s Lived Experiences in Our Contemporary Societies
4. Mothering in Neo-liberal Contexts: Caribbean Women’s Experiences
5. Psychosocial Uncertainty: Making Sense of Institutional Suffering in Trinidad and Tobago
Leslie Robertson Foncette
6. Black Favela Feminism: The Struggle for Survival as a Transformative Praxis
SECTION III: Black Feminist Activism: A Worldmaking Praxis of Care
7. Subversive Knowledges and Praxes of Black Immigrants in the United States: Reflections from a Scholar-Advocate
Nana Afua Yeboaa Brantuo
8. The Women. They Were Plotting Too: Declaring our Independence in the Spirit of Sankofa
9. Critical Transnational Queer Praxis: Perspectives on (Re)Production, Performance, and Punishment in the Academy
Andrea N. Baldwin and Alexandra Chandra
SECTION IV: Black Feminisms and Healing Futures
10. ‘Tacit Sexualities’ Transforming the Narrative: Afro-Caribbean Women and the Politics of the Body
11. University Plantation Il/logics: Black Women’s Fugitivity and Futurity in the Wake of COVID-19 and the Global Anti-racist Uprisings of 2020/21
Andrea N. Baldwin
"The illuminating essays in Global Black Feminisms represent a compelling response from a new generation of Caribbean feminist critics to transnational Black feminist thought. This collection represents one of the finest 21 st century contributions to Caribbean feminist thought and Caribbean social and political thought, and will be widely celebrated and appreciated."
-Aaron Kamugisha, Professor of Africana Studies, Smith College.
"Knowledge production – as a collaborative, community-based practice and as a lived experience between students and teachers, mentees, and mentors – is at the heart of this book. A timely centering of global Black–Caribbean feminisms that goes beyond a simple riposte to western–centric feminisms, this book provides a profound exploration of the complexities and liberatory praxes that are necessary for the full recognition of subjectivities that have been historically oppressed, made invisible, and dehumanized. As you read this book, you realize that teaching and scholarship are not tools to be used for the neoliberal promotion of the self within the academic industry. Rather, they are essential for our freedom."
-Nathalie Etoke, Associate Professor of Francophone and Africana Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY.