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SSHIS-3000-7: 'Tryin' to Get Free': Foundations and Futures of Intersectionality

Fall 2022

Subject: Social Science and History
Type: Seminar
Delivery Mode: In-Person
Level: Undergraduate

Campus: San Francisco
Course Dates: August 31, 2022 — December 13, 2022
Meetings: Thu 8:00-11:00AM, Main Bldg - E5
Instructor: Rekia Jibrin

Units: 3.0
Enrolled: 3/4 Closed


This course explores critical Black feminist thought. Using an intersectional approach, we will explore a breadth of work produced by and about Black women who too often lose their rightful place as leaders of revolution and struggle. Upon studying the practice and revolutionary politics of women who not only criticized capitalism but also challenged it, what frameworks of analysis do we gain from them that we can use to make sense of our contemporary moment? What limitations do we still face? Our course will examine historical figures like Harriet Tubman, Ella Baker and Mamie Till who radicalized freedom struggles as much as we will explore the ways critical Black feminist frameworks have been depoliticized within the liberal university settings that produce our newest revolutionaries. We will explore these tensions and contradictions as we work to theorize the dialectical entanglements of race, gender, and capitalism. We will ask ourselves what critical Black feminist thinking means for our collective liberation, and how we can articulate these visions of freedom in what we produce.

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