Women’s studies programs and departments face ongoing fall-out from an economic crisis in higher education. Taking the form of budget-cuts, reduction of faculty lines and other resource allocations, for some programs and departments it has meant at best, a loss of disciplinary autonomy through consolidation, and at worst, academic foreclosure. Feminist Solidarity at the Crossroads articulates a politics of commitment, hope, and possibility wrought in the coming-together of a group of feminist women and men—across racial, cultural, nation/state, sexual, and gender differences—during a tough budgetary time threatening Women’s Studies programs across the nation. This anthology affirms the continued necessity of bridge-building alliances in women’s studies and contemplates with promise the theory and practice of feminist solidarity forged through the course of its production. While the essays in this book display a complex diversity of feminist thought and modes of intersectional strategies, they reflect a unity of comradery and a spirit of collectivity so necessary for these turbulent times.
About the Author
Kim Marie Vaz is an Associate Professor of Psychological and Social Foundations at the University of South Florida.
Gary L. Lemons is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Disloyalty to Whiteness: Practicing What We Preach. Beverly Guy-Sheftall. Acknowledgments. Introduction: "If I Call You, Will You Come?" From Public Lectures to Testament for Feminist Solidarity Kim Marie Vaz and Gary L. Lemons Part 1: Women’s Studies at the Intersection of the Margins, Once Again 1. Resegregating Women’s Studies: "‘Racial Aliteracy’: White Appropriation of Black Presences" Revisited Kim Marie Vaz 2. Resisting Erasure: An Anti-Sexist and Anti-Racist Response to the Decline of Institutional Support for Women’s Studies Julie DuMois-Sands and Kim Marie Vaz 3. Keep on Keepin’ On: Multicultural Women’s Studies and the New Managerialism Barbara Scott Winkler Part 2: Embodying Theory, Intersectional Herstories: A Call to Remember 4. Intellectual Genealogies, Intersectionality, and Anna Julia Cooper Vivian M. May 5. Remembering This Bridge Called My Back, Remembering Ourselves M. Jacqui Alexander 6. Why the Academy Needs Womanism, Now More Than Ever Layli (Phillips) Maparyan Part 3: From "Heart to Heart": Intersectional Approaches to Teaching in the Spirit of Political Love 7. Heart to Heart: Teaching with Love bell hooks 8. "Brothers of the Soul": Men Learning About and Teaching in the Spirit of Feminist Solidarity Gary L. Lemons and Scott Neumeister 9. "Making Our Roads by Walking": Using Feminist Theory and Practices in Labor Studies Teaching Thandabantu Iverson 10. A Eulogy for Black Women's Studies? LaMonda Horton-Stallings Part 4: At the Crossroads of Feminist Solidarity: New Coalitions, New Alliances 11. Black Feminist Masculinities: Turning Points and Intersections Aaronette White 12. "Women’s Studies Is Not My Home?" When Personal and Political Professions Become Acts of Emancipatory Confession Gary L. Lemons 13. Antiracist Interventions in the Academy: Towards a Feminist Politics of Relation and Accountability Aimee Carrillo Rowe and Ann Russo Part 5: Practicing Anti-Domination Politics: Visionary, Soulful Interventions 14. Making Face, Making Soul: Spiritual Activism and Social Transformation AnaLouise Keating 15. Against the Politics of Compensatory Domination Christine (Cricket) Keating