"1949: Claudia Jones and Simone de Beauvoir in Conversation"

Friday, September 21, 2018
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
VCAM VCAM 001 Screening Room
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Distinguished Visitors Program

Distinguished Visitor Kathryn Sophia Belle, associate professor of philosophy, Penn State University; founding director, Collegium of Black Women Philosophers

This paper puts Claudia Jones ("An End to the Neglect of the Problems of Negro Women!") in conversation with Simone de Beauvoir (The Second Sex) with particular attention to Jones' intersectional analysis (of Black women's experiences as simultaneously raced, classed, and gendered) juxtaposed with Beauvoir's analogical approach (analyzing gender oppression as analogous with racial oppression).

Professor Belle's primary research and teaching interests lie in Continental philosophy (especially Existentialism and Phenomenology), African American/Africana Philosophy, Black Feminist Philosophy, and Critical Philosophy of Race.  She has also taught in African American Studies/African Diaspora Studies.  Some of the major figures she writes about and teaches include Hannah Arendt, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon,  Anna Julia Cooper and Richard Wright.  Under the name Kathryn T. Gines, she has published articles on race, assimilation, feminism, intersectionality, and sex and sexuality in contemporary hip-hop.  She  co-edited an anthology titled Convergences: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy (SUNY Press, 2010) and is author of Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question (Indiana University Press, 2014).

Professor Belle is the founding director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers (CBWP), the former director (2010-2016) of Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy (CUSP), and a founding co-editor (2013-2016) of the journal Critical Philosophy of Race (CPR). 

Tea at 1:15 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program 

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