Welcome to the Global Black Feminist Politics Blog!
Welcome to the Global Black Feminist Politics Blog! This blog is an extension of Dr. Jaimee A. Swift’s “Global Black Feminist Politics: Power, Resistance, and Transformation” class (POLS OX-385R-2) at Oxford College at Emory University. This blog will explore the power and possibilities of Black feminist politics from various perspectives!
In 1972, political scientist Hanes Walton defined Black politics “[as] a function of the particular brand of segregation found in different environments in which Black people find themselves” (Walton, 1972, p. 11). In examining Walton’s definition of Black politics, how do we center the lives of Black women and gender expansive people and the segregation they face in the different environments they are situated in? How do we transform and expand the field, discipline, and analytic of Black politics to a Black feminist politics, one that situates Black women and gender expansive people’s leadership, activism, and resistance across time, space, and place in Africa and in African Diaspora?
This course explores how anti-Blackness, racialization, transphobia, misogynoir, violence, and more impact the everyday lives of Black women and gender expansive communities from a transnational Black feminist lens. We will explore how racialized, gendered, and sexualized hierarchies manifest themselves in various country and societal contexts, and how these hierarchies historically and contemporarily shape the socio-political and cultural exclusion of Black women and gender expansive communities. In centering Black feminist politics, we will investigate how Black women and gender expansive people globally are resisting state and structural exclusion from intersectional perspectives. Countries of exploration include Australia, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, the United States, and more.
Lastly, in “Global Black Feminist Politics” we will interrogate how Black women and gender expansive people are catalyzing transformative safe spaces, imaginations, and realities and how their insights can transform the field of Political Science.