To Joy: A Symposium on Black Feminist Histories, December 1-2, 2017

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December 1, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Sexuality Studies, Slavery, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Tera W. Hunter’s To ‘Joy My Freedom: Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War has had an immeasurable impact on a number of dynamic overlapping areas of inquiry including black feminist history, African American Studies, Southern History and Labor History. This work’s crucial interventions, innovative methods and eloquent prose continue to inform and inspire intersectional studies in these and other fields. The anniversary of its 1997 publication presents a unique opportunity for a forward-looking consideration of the generative dynamism of these fields, generously hosted by the University of Virginia. This intimate symposium invites scholars to reflect upon Hunter’s pivotal intervention through presentations of their own in-progress work, and insights on new directions in black feminist scholarship.

Please join us on December 1st-2nd, 2017 as we celebrate the publication anniversary of Tera W. Hunter's To ' Joy My Freedom: Black Women's Lives and Labors after the Civil War.  For information and registration, visit:


The University of Virginia, 125 Minor Hall

December 1st

4pm: Premiere screening of the film, The Washing Society (2018) + discussion with filmmakers Lizzie Olesker, Lynne Sachs and artist Jasmine Holloway.

6pm: Opening Reception


December 2nd

9:15: Registration + Breakfast

10am-5:30pm: Conversations + Presentations with 

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Justene Hill Edwards, Crystal Feimster, Corinne Field, Kali Nicole Gross, Sarah Haley, Cheryl Hicks, Jennifer D. Jones, Robin D.G. Kelley, Rebecca Kluchin, Talitha LeFlouria, Lisa Levenstein, Deborah McDowell, Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Jessie Ramey and Tera Hunter.



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