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Saturday, April 22 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
The Combahee River Collective Mixtape: Black Feminist Sonic Dissent Then & Now

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This soapbox session marks the 40th anniversary of the Combahee River Collective Statement, the radical Black feminist manifesto completed in 1977 that laid out key tenets of intersectional theory and reform.  Our aim is to draw on the statement to build sonic and visual archives that enable us to speak to and through this present moment of danger, while also summoning the spirit of the original document and the collaborative intellectual, social and political labor that led to its creation. With help from the work of musicians ranging from the Knowles Sisters, Nina Simone, Labelle and f.k.a. twigs to visual artists such as Carrie Mae Weems and the L.A. rebellion filmmakers, we propose turning the statement into an interactive document that continues to contribute to ongoing efforts to bridge past, present and future Black feminisms. This session will call for audience participation. We invite conference presenters and attendees, museum visitors, local students and activists to join with us to build on the manifesto’s cogent wisdom and direction and to listen along with us to the new knowledges we might yet find together by way of music and image.


Daphne Brooks

Daphne A. Brooks has never missed an EMP conference in its 15 years of existence.  Brooksis professor of African American Studies, Theater Studies, American Studies, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Yale University, and she is the author of Bodies in Dissent:  Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom... Read More →

Kara Keeling

Kara Keeling is a professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts and of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Souther California. She is the author of "The Witch’s Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense" (Duke University Press, 2007) as well as numerous articles on queer and black feminist theories. Along with Josh Kun, Prof. Keeling is also the editor of the... Read More →

Jacqueline Stewart

Twitter | | Jacqueline Stewart is a professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the College at the University of Chicago.  She is the author of "Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity" (University of California Press, 2005), and co-editor of "L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema" (University of California Press, 2015). She directs the South Side Home Movie Project, and is curator of... Read More →

Saturday April 22, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sky Church MoPOP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109