Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 8pm
Co-sponsored with the Writers at Rutgers Reading Series
Rutgers Student Center Multipurpose Room, 126 College Avenue
For more information: Writers at Rutgers Reading Series
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 4:30pm
RCHA Seminar Room, 88 College Avenue
Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies, Brown University
"To Breathe New Air": Lelia Gonzalez's Feminist Formulation of an Amefricanidade [American Africanness]"
Keisha-Khan Y. Perry (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Anthropology, 2005) is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and specializes in the critical study of race, gender, and politics in the Americas with a particular focus on black women's activism, urban geography and questions of citizenship, feminist theories, intellectual history and disciplinary formations, and the interrelationship between scholarship, pedagogy, and political engagement. She has conducted extensive research in Mexico, Jamaica, Belize, Brazil, Argentina, and the United States.
Professor Perry recently completed an ethnographic study of black women's activism in Brazilian cities by examining their participation and leadership in neighborhood associations and how and in what ways the interpretations of racial and gender identities intersect with urban spaces. She is currently working on two research projects. She is engaged in a study which documents and analyzes the historical paradox of citizenship and black land ownership and loss in Brazil, Jamaica, and the United States. She is also working on a multi-lingual and transnational exploration of black women's political work in Latin America by critically examining how black women mobilize political movements across borders and how they understand themselves as agents in creating a diasporic community.