Black Feminist Epistemologies & Reparative Justice
Hayley Stefan, Ph.D. Candidate in English, University of Connecticut
November 13, 2019 – 4 to 5PM (UCHI Conference Room: Babbidge Library, 4th Floor South)
Hayley’s work examines how cultural reactions to national traumas evaluate embodied experience. In her talk, she will focus on the long refusal to recognize anti-Black oppression and violence as national tragedies. Black Feminist epistemologists such as Patricia Hill Collins, bell hooks, and Safiya Umoja Noble argue that reparative and restorative justice must value the Black body. This talk brings together legislation, literature, and digital archives to show how Black activists and scholars have used different methods to authorize Black knowledge. These artifacts suggest that reckoning with Black trauma means embracing communal knowledge and privileging the emotional and embodied effects of daily atrocities.