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GWSS 502 Week 3 Presentation

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Christa Bell and Angelica Macklin
Present: Active Writing Readings Skype: Keynote with Dr. Mako Fitts Teaching Theory, Talking Community -The Combahee River Collective Keynote: Dr. Mako Fitts The Future of Our Worlds: Black Feminism and the Politics of Knowledge in the University under Globalization. - Grace Kyungwon Hong A Black Feminist Statement - Joy James Womanifesto ACTIVITY Instructions: Theorizing Transformative Revolutionary Action:
The Contribution of bell hooks to Emancipatory Knowledge Production - bell hooks Black Women Shaping Feminist Theory Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives: Intro to Section II - Carole R. McCann and Seung-kyung Kim Dialogue Instructions:

1) 5 minutes individual: on paper draw/map out the spaces where you feel you can "do" activism. What do those spaces look like (are they in the university, outside the university, across both?). Who makes up these communities? Who benefits from the activism? What is the goal of your activism and what are your assumptions? What are your activist methodologies and theoretical frameworks? How does your identity inform your activism and your allyship?

2) 5 minutes pair and share: show your map/drawing to your partner and discuss: What has been successful and when have you experienced tensions? and: What are some strategies you have used to balance academic work with community-building work and make both useful for informing one another?

3) 15 minutes whole group: share (two minutes each group) commonalities and tensions in your findings. Politics of Location for Activism Exercise
inspired by Dr. Mako Fitts Reading To Go... Question for Dr. Fitts: "The lives of academic feminist warriors are compounded by the pressures to maintain academic legitimacy while developing a sense of reciprocity with the movement..." (Fitts, pg. 5) What are some strategies you have used to balance academic work with community building work and make both useful for informing one another? Q: Q: "Solidarity must be a central element of feminist theory and praxis... This ongoing labor involves a clash of ideas and experiences, and a recognition that difference, as opposed to a false sense of unity, stimulates a collective, oppositional politic around the 'political commitment to a feminist movement that aims to end sexist oppression" (Fitts, pg. 15). Can you talk about some of the challenges of being an ally in social justice movements and tactics that have helped you get through the difficult labor of organizing with people who may have different agendas and ways of doing social justice work? Q: Q: Two concepts that bell hooks works with towards the end of “transformative revolutionary action” are “killing rage” and “radical love”. Can you discuss both concepts and how they interface with one another?

We are particularly interested in the actual process of radical love, both of self and applied to others inside of a movement. Can you talk about the genesis of this idea as well as how to get from where we are now to the place of radical love? What are the steps?

We noticed in your article that you referred to hooks’s work as “hooksian theory”. Did you coin that term? What are the implications of that label, that is, what does it mean in the context of academia, to refer to the writings of hooks as theory? Why is it important to do so? healing yourself, healing community? 2pm Mako Fitts 30 - 45 minutes 3-5 THEMES ACROSS THE READINGS Mapping Your Politics Womanifesto Q: Q: BREAK 15 Minutes COLLECTIVE READING 15 Minutes A Black Feminist Statement - The Combahee River Colective The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism - Audre Lorde 10 minutes pair and share 15 minutes large group share a. Three to five minute “brain drain” (5min)
b. In 48 words, tell the genesis of your feminism (10 min)
c. In 24 words write what you believe as a feminist (5 min)
d. In 12 words write the problems inherent in your feminism (5min)
e. In six words write the project(s) of your feminism (3 min)
f. Expressed your feminism in one word (1 min) Read Aloud Christa Bell Introduce Mako a. How did it feel to read aloud?

b. Different resonance when read aloud?

c. How is the statement different when read aloud?

d. Do you connect differently with it? based on the Combahee River Collective Statement Theorizing Transformative Revolutionary Action:
The Contribution of bell hooks to Emancipatory Knowledge Production - Mako Fitts
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