We explore what it means to “do” Black Studies in practice-based fields.
As our media-saturated culture exhausts every possible angle of consuming race, a new generation of scholars, activists, and artists has turned to investigating the structuring conditions of how blackness is experienced in everyday life.
Tanisha C. Ford is an award-winning writer, cultural critic, and historian, and a former Postdoctoral Fellow in African American Studies at Princeton. Ford is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History at the University of Delaware, where she teaches courses on Black feminism, fashion and beauty, movements for social justice, youth culture, and material culture. She is the author of Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (UNC, 2015) and Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion (St. Martin’s, 2019). For the Faculty-Graduate Seminar, Ford will discuss equity issues in the fashion industry and reflect on writing about design for a broad public. Copies of Dressed in Dreams will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
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