"Black Feminist Figures: Interventions and Inheritances"

September 19–21, 2019
Fogelman Executive Center Auditorium (123)

This year's conference is an occasion to mark what is being done in the field of black feminist philosophy, the interventions we have made and the traditions we have inherited. In her "Musing: A Black Feminist Philosopher: Is That Possible?," Densie James offers two different ways of defining black feminist philosophy. First, a philosophical mode of inquiry that centers traditions of black feminist thought. And second, the academic enterprise of making black feminism legible in professional philosophy. With its focus on black feminist figures, this conference seeks to showcase work done in the first sense of black feminist philosophy. This conference also explores new areas of development in black feminist philosophy such as: a reclamation of identity politics, analyses of traditions of refusal in black feminist thought, and the construction of what Kinitra Brooks calls "conjure feminism."


  • Cheryl Wall, Rutgers University
  • Kristie Dotson, Michigan State University
  • Kinitra D. Brooks, Michigan State University
  • Denise James, University of Dayton
  • Zandria Robinson,Georgetown University
  • Cynthia Greenlee, Independent Historian and Writer


A copy of the conference schedule is available here (hyperlink will open pdf file of the program).


The conference is free and open to the public. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Dr. Lindsey Stewart at lstwart6@memphis.edu or by calling 901-678-2535. Requests should be made as soon as possible.

Spindel poster - Black Feminist Figures: Interventions and Inheritances