Statement of Purpose:
To unite scholars, activists, and artists across disciplines and professional trajectories who are working to highlight the intellectual contributions of Black women, femmes, and non-men throughout the African diaspora. This space functions as a working space for scholars and theorists of various backgrounds to receive feedback on their projects that will enrich Black feminist and womanist traditions. All participants, presenters and otherwise, are expected to uphold themselves in a collegial manner that allows the space to be a productive environment for all. While this space is not closed to Black women, femmes, and non-men, it is expected that presenters center these groups in their submitted works-in-progress.
- Cultivate a network of scholars invested in the multiplicitous traditions of Black womanist and feminist theory across disciplines and institutions. This includes encouraging and fostering mentorship for junior scholars as they advance in their academic careers.
- Assist participants in transforming research projects into publishable materials--book chapters, articles, manuscripts, etc.
- Provide a collegial space for rigorous feedback among peers through annual meetings, conference panels, and writing retreats.