Join us for a lecture by Catherine Knight Steele (Department of Communication, University of Maryland) on how black women utilize online blogging platforms in celebration and critique, in the process becoming an important counterpublic.
Black Joy and Resistance: Black Feminist Discourse Online
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 1 pm at 228 Battelle-Tompkins Hall
Dr. Steele’s latest project, and the topic of this lecture, is on digital black feminism and how the affordances of new media technology are shaping black feminist discourse online. She provides critical analysis of the digital culture of black and white feminist thought in the blogs Jezebel and For Harriet, by examining what happens when the subject, the black body, at least temporarily does not exist as an ‘other’ but is squarely within a context that allows it to be merely a body.
As Jessie Daniels explains, “the Internet offers a “safe space” and a way to not just survive, but also resist, repressive sex/gender regimes. Girls and self-identified women are engaging with Internet technologies in ways that enable them to transform their embodied selves, not escape embodiment.”