To ‘Joy: A Symposium on Black Feminist Histories Honors the Work of Professor Tera Hunter

Tera W. Hunter’s To ‘Joy My Freedom: Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War has had an immeasurable impact on a number of dynamic overlapping areas of inquiry including black feminist history, African American Studies, Southern History and Labor History. The anniversary of its 1997 publication presents a unique opportunity for a forward-looking consideration of the generative dynamism of these fields, generously hosted by the University of Virginia, December 1-2, 2017. The book's crucial interventions, innovative methods and eloquent prose continue to inform and inspire intersectional studies in these and other fields. This intimate symposium invites scholars to reflect upon Hunter’s pivotal intervention through presentations of their own in-progress work, and insights on new directions in black feminist scholarship.

Symposium participants included:

Tera W. Hunter
Professor in the Departments of History and African American Studies at Princeton University

Robin D.G. Kelley
Gary B. Nash Processor of U.S. History at UCLA

Deborah McDowell
Alice Griffin Professor of Literary Studies and director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia

Lynne Sachs
Filmmaker and artist

Lizzie Olesker
Writer, performer and director

Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University

Jasmine Holloway
Singer and actress

Corinne Field
Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of Virginia 

Justene Hill Edwards
Assistant Professor in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia

Kali Nicole Gross
Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of History at Rutgers University

Crystal N. Feimster
Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies, the American Studies Program and History Department at Yale University

Sarah Haley
Associate Professor in the Departments of Gender Studies and African American Studies at UCLA

Talitha LeFlouria
Lisa Smith Discovery Associate Professor in African and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia

Jennifer Dominique Jones
LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan in the Department of History

Amrita Chakrabarti Myers
Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies at Indiana University

Rebecca Kluchin
Professor History at California State University, Sacramento

Lisa Levenstein
Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Jessie B. Ramey
Founding Director of the Women’s Institute at Chatham University and Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

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