Negritude Feminisms: Rethinking gender with Black Francophone Female Writers and Activists from Senegal and Martinique

Wed, Dec 4 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
83 College Street, South Hadley
Korka Sall: Negritude Feminisms

Negritude Feminisms reorients the debate about the participation of black women in the Negritude movement by focusing on Annette Mbaye d’Erneville (1926-) and Aminata Sow Fall (1941-) from Senegal, reading their work in conversation with Paulette Nardal (1896-1985) and Suzanne Césaire (1915-1966) from Martinique. So far, negritude is treated as a set of ideas and I am using “doing negritude” to frame it as a set of practices that refocus negritude around the concerns of black women; accompanied with concrete actions to improve their experiences.

Korka Sall is currently a Ph.D. Candidate (A.B.D.) in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her dissertation topic is "Negritude feminisms: Francophone Women Writers and Activists in Martinique, Senegal and France from 1920s to 1980s."

Korka came to study in the United States after first getting her M.A. in English from Senegal, West Africa. Her areas of interests include Post-Colonial Studies, Feminist Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Transnational Theory. She enjoys teaching and discussing literature from Francophone countries focusing on the intersectionality of race, class, gender and sexuality. She believes that literary texts from the African Diaspora, regardless of the genre, navigate themes of class, power dynamics, imperialism, colonization relevant to the experiences of the people from those places.

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