"1949: Claudia Jones and Simone de Beauvoir in Conversation"
Dr. Katheryn Sophia Belle speaking at VCAM
Dr. Katheryn Sophia Belle will be visiting Haverford College on Friday, September 21. Please join us at 1:15 in the VCAM Screening Room for Tea; Dr. Belle's talk will begin at 1:30.
Her talk, titled 1949: Claudia Jones and Simone de Beauvoir in Conversation, puts Claudia Jones ("An End to the Neglect of the Problems of Negro Women!") in conversation with Simone de Beauvoir (The Second Sex) with particular attention to Jones' intersectional analysis (of Black women's experiences as simultaneously raced, classed, and gendered) juxtaposed with Beauvoir's analogical approach (analyzing gender oppression as analogous with racial oppression).
Dr. Belle is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University. She is also the founding Director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers, the former director (2010-2016) of Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy (CUSP), and a founding co-editor (2013-2016) of the journal Critical Philosophy of Race (CPR).
Professor Belle's primary research and teaching interests lie in Continental philosophy (especially Existentialism and Phenomenology), African American/Africana Philosophy, Black Feminist Philosophy, and Critical Philosophy of Race. She has also taught in African American Studies/African Diaspora Studies. Some of the major figures she writes about and teaches include Hannah Arendt, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon, Anna Julia Cooper and Richard Wright. Under the name Kathryn T. Gines, she has published articles on race, assimilation, feminism, intersectionality, and sex and sexuality in contemporary hip-hop. She co-edited an anthology titled Convergences: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy (SUNY Press, 2010) and is author of Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question (Indiana University Press, 2014).