The past several years have seen an increase in public awareness of political and other forms of state violence, especially those directed at African-Americans and other people of African descent worldwide. While the contemporary uproar about this violence has generated new forms of activism and organization,the history behind these recent incidents is sometimes not sufficiently understood, and the links between events in the United States and elsewhere in the diaspora are not often adequately articulated. This panel brings together feminist scholars across the disciplines to discuss the histories of anti-black violence in a range of locations, the ways these histories are connected, and the strategies people are using to counteract them.
Maziki Thame, Political Science, Clark Atlanta University
Ann Farnsworth-Alvear, History, University of Pennsylvania
Grace Sanders-Johnson, Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Leniqueca Welcome, Anthropology and Urban Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Discussant: Faith Smith, African and Afro-American Studies and English at Brandeis University
Cosponsored by the Penn Museum and the Center for Africana Studies