Organizing Stories: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein and Selma James

Apr 6, 2022, 12:15 pm1:15 pm
Virtual via Zoom


Event Description

Join us for a conversation with Professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Black feminist theorist and theoretical physicist and author of The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred (2021), and her grandmother Selma James, long-time feminist activist and ‘Wages for Housework’ co-founder, on Wednesday, April 6th, 12:15-1:15pm. In keeping with this spring’s Organizing Stories theme, Feminism’s Archives, Prescod-Weinstein and James will be in conversation about James’ new book, Our Time Is Now: Sex, Race, Class, and Caring for People and Planet (2021), and the legacies of inter-generational feminism.

Princeton undergraduate students who register and attend can receive a complimentary copy of Selma James’ new book (email [email protected] for more info).

Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is an assistant professor of physics and core faculty in women’s and gender studies at the University of New Hampshire. In her capacity as a physicist, she is a particle and cosmology theorist, with a focus on understanding dark matter. She also holds expertise in Black feminist science, technology, and society studies, with a particular interest in how race and gender shape knowledge and practice in physics. She is one of under 100 Black American women to earn a PhD from a department of physics. Her book The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred comes out on March 9, 2021.

Selma James is a women’s rights and antiracist campaigner and author. From 1958 to 1962 she worked with C.L.R. James in the movement for West Indian federation and independence. In 1972 she cofounded the International Wages for Housework Campaign, and in 2000 helped launch the Global Women’s Strike whose strategy for change is “Invest in Caring, Not Killing.” She coined the word “unwaged,” which has since entered the English language. In the 1970s she was the first spokeswoman of the English Collective of Prostitutes. She is a founding member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. She coauthored the classic The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community, which launched the “domestic labour debate.”

Event Type
In Conversation
Event Category
AAS Recommended Event


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