In recognition of Black History Month, the Women's Center will be hosting a roundtable discussion on body politics, respectability politics, and the experiences of Black women. "Policing Bodies & Beings: The Politics of Black Womanhood" will be held on Thursday, February 20th from 4-5pm in the Women's Center. All members of the UMBC community are welcome to attend. See the myUMBC event here.
Three doctoral students from the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program will be sharing their perspectives:
- Erin L. Berry is a doctoral student in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program and her research focuses on the role that social media plays in Black women's lives concerning their understanding of identity in traditional and non-traditional "Safe Spaces." Her other interests include Hip-Hop Hip-Hop Feminism, Popular Culture, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Performativity & Social Change.
- Emerald L. Christopher is a doctoral candidate in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program whose research focuses on the connection between historic notions of respectability in the African-American community and the gender politics, concessions, and negotiations found in relationship advice literature. Emerald's other research interests include the representation of African-American women in the media and the translation of cultural politics into political structures.
- Latasha N. Eley is a
doctoral candidate in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program whose
research focuses on Black women's body politics, particularly related to
their skin color and hair. Her other research interests include Black,
female college student success at predominantly White institutions, and
how body politics work to impact Black women's overall college
This Women's Center program is co-sponsored by the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program, the Department of Gender + Women's Studies, the Department of Africana Studies, Women of Color Coalition, and the Mosaic Center.