The Carter G. Woodson Institute, U.Va.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute

for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia

To 'Joy: A Symposium on Black Feminist Histories

A celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Tera W. Hunter's To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors After the Civil War.
Friday, December 1, 2017 4:00 PM to Saturday, December 2, 2017 5:30 PM
125 Minor Hall


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.

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December 1st

4:00pm: Premiere screening of the film, The Washing Society (2018) and discussion with filmmakers Lizzie Olesker, Lynne Sachs and artist Jasmine Holloway.

6:00pm: Reception

December 2nd

9:15am: Registration and Breakfast

10:00am-5:30pm: Conversations and 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.