Location: 754 Schermerhorn Extension – Women & Gender Studies Seminar room - Columbia
Free & Open To the Public
“VEXY THING: GENDER AND LIBERATION”
BOOK PANEL DISCUSSION with author, Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies- Princeton University and Panelists
George Aumoithe, Historian; Post-Doctoral Fellow-Princeton University
Lisa Del Sol, PhD Candidate, , English & Comparative Literature -Columbia University
Elleza Kelley, PhD Candidate, , English & Comparative Literature -Columbia University
Tiana Reid, PhD Candidate, English & Comparative Literature -Columbia University
Anthony Urena, PhD Candidate, Sociology -Columbia University
Book Description– Compiled from Duke University Press
Even as feminism has become increasingly central to our ideas about institutions, relationships, and everyday life, the term used to diagnose the problem—“patriarchy”—is used so loosely that it has lost its meaning. In Vexy Thing Imani Perry resurrects patriarchy as a target of critique, r-centering it to contemporary discussions of feminism through a social and literary analysis of cultural artifacts from the Enlightenment to the present. Drawing on a rich array of sources—from nineteenth-century slavery court cases and historical vignettes to writings by Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde and art by Kara Walker and Wangechi Mutu—Perry shows how the figure of the patriarch emerged as part and parcel of modernity, the nation-state, the Industrial Revolution, and globalization. She also outlines how digital media and technology, neoliberalism, and the security state continue to prop up patriarchy. By exploring the past and present of patriarchy in the world we have inherited and are building for the future, Perry exposes its mechanisms of domination as a necessary precursor to dismantling it.
Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers professor of African American studies at Princeton University, where she is also affiliated with the Programs in Law and Public Affairs and Gender and Sexuality Studies.
She is the author of “Vexy Thing: On Gender and Liberation”; “May We Forever Stand A History of the Black National Anthem”(2018); Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry (2018); More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States (2011) and Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop (2004) as well as numerous articles in the fields of law, cultural studies and African American Studies.. You can follow her on Twitter at @imaniperry