The Pleasure Principle: A Post Hip-Hop Search for a Black Feminist Politics of Pleasure

Sponsored by Feminist Studies, Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA)


Wednesday, February 27, 2013
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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Roble Hall Theater 374 Santa Teresa St Stanford, CA 94305

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Join IDA for a panel discussion on black female sexuality and articulations of pleasure in popular culture led by IDA Visiting Artist Joan Morgan.

Food will be served.

Joan Morgan began a career in journalism as a freelance writer for The Village Voice, where she quickly established herself as "a black-feminist writer who was unafraid of tackling the most highly charged topics." Since then, Morgan has won an Excellence Merit Media Award, become an Executive Director of Essence Magazine, written for various national magazines, and established herself as a leading voice in the field of "hip-hop feminism," appearing on CNN, BET, MTV, and VH-1 and touring the country to discuss the intersection of hip-hop and gender. Morgan was born in Jamaica and raised in the South Bronx. A graduate of Wesleyan University, she has taught at The New School, Duke University, and Vanderbilt University. Her book, When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost, was published in 1999 by Simon and Schuster. She is currently pursuing her Ph. D in American Studies at NYU.

The panel will also feature black feminist scholars/thinkers who are deeply invested in theorizing a politics of pleasure and creating safe erotic spaces for black and brown bodies, including:

Esther Armah, former BBC journalist; WBAI radio host; playwright

Dr. Brittney Cooper, Assistant Professor in Women's Studies and Africana at Rutgers University; founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective

Dr. Kaila Story, Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies / Pan-African Studies; Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at University of Louisville

Dr. Treva Lindsey, Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies at University of Missouri

This program is co-sponsored by the Program in Feminist Studies