AAPF TAKES EUROPE, INTERSECTIONALITY IN THE MEDIA AND NEW PODCAST EPISODE!
Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw was the subject of an expansive profile in Vox this week on the origins of intersectionality and its growing popularity, the concomitant rightwing backlash to the concept and Professor Crenshaw's analysis of this backlash. The profile reframes intersectionality in its Black feminist and Critical Race Theory legacy and away from the cultural wars it has seemingly been embroiled in. Read the profile here.
In addition, these past few weeks have been a whirlwind period of activities for AAPF as we traveled to Edinburgh and then London, executing a series of informative, energizing and well-attended events celebrating 30 Years of Intersectionality. Our first stop was in Scotland where Kimberlé Crenshaw delivered the PIR Distinguished Scholar Series Annual Lecture at the University of Edinburgh. The lecture, entitled "30 Years of Theorizing Justice:
Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory and Contemporary Challenges" was given to an enthusiastic crowd (pictured in the selfie below). Her address was closed with the powerful clarion call words of the late Vicky Coles-Mcadory, Aunty-momma of India Beaty, a Black women killed by the police in 2015.
"My biggest fear would be not to march, my fear would be realizing I didn’t put my all into something that’s right, something that we was born into a right of having. How could I not? How could I not?”
We then made our way down to London for Mythbusting Intersectionality UK a provocative panel discussion held at the University of Westminster where the esteemed panel combatted common myths about intersectionality and spoke of their own everyday intersectionality. This was followed by the culmination of Crenshaw's tenure as the Centennial Professor at the LSE Gender Institute with a conference celebrating Intersectionality at 30, where she gave the closing address. The final event was held at the Shaw Library at the LSE Law Department where Kimberlé Crenshaw was in conversation with Luke Harris and George Lipsitz about their new book, Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness across the Disciplines.
As Phyll Opoku-Gyimah said at Mythbusting Intersectionality UK, which was emblematic of the generative connections we made during our time in the UK, " I have really started to present intersectionality as not only healing, but also the strength and resilience that we gather from it. And so it's all about reinventing and re-freeing ourselves. And creating spaces where this is possible."
Emilia Roig, Gail Lewis, Daniel HoSang, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Barbara Tomlinson, Barby Asante, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah and Sumi Cho at Mythbusting Intersectionality UK held last week at the University of Westminster.
As part of this programming, Kimberlé Crenshaw was part of a podcast episode with BBC Women's Hour where she and Executive Director of UK Black Pride Phyll Opoku-Gyimah discussed the urgency of intersectionality as it pertains to understanding the ways in which race, gender, heterosexism interact to create particular injuries. Listen to that episode here from the 34:10 mark: