Narrating Black Girls' Lives: Conference Roundtables


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Event Date: 
February 26, 2019
Event Time: 
10:00am to 5:00pm
1014 Tisch Hall
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Over the course of the day, we hope to spark an interdisciplinary and transnational conversation about the methods and ethics of telling the stories of girls and young women of the African diaspora. Who is a black girl? What does “black” mean in a transnational context? How are the boundaries between black womanhood and black girlhood negotiated? What is at stake when black women identify themselves as black girls and vice versa? We have relationships with black girls in our lives and our work. How is that related to scholarly production? What do you learn from girls and what do you teach them? How can our work be useful to them?


10:00 am - Girlhood, Oral History and Life Narrative

  • Tamara Butler (Michigan State University)
  • Jallica Jolly (University of Michigan)
  • Seanna Leath (University of Michigan)

11:30 am - Women, Biography and Age as a Category of Analysis

  • Corinne Field (University of Virginia)
  • Janee Moses (University of Michigan)
  • Casidy Campbell (University of Michigan)

12:45 pm - Break 

1:45 pm - Girlhood, Representation, and Culture

  • Ashley Pérez (Ohio State University)
  • Michelle May-Curry (University of Michigan)
  • Nyambura Mpesha (University of Michigan) 

3:00 pm - Black Girls, State Violence, and Political and Civic Participation

  • Mary-Elizabeth Murphy (Eastern Michigan University)
  • Sueann Caulfield (University of Michigan)
  • Sadiyah Malcolm (University of Michigan)
  • LaKisha Simmons (University of Michigan)

Cosponsors: The Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Center for the Education of Women+, Stamps School of Art & Design, American Culture, English, History, History of Art, Institute for Research on Women & Gender (IRWG), Rackham Graduate School, and Women's Studies.