Hacking the Subject: Black Feminism, Refusal, and the Limits of Critique

Denise Ferreira da Silva

Denise Ferreira da Silva

ABOUT THE EVENT:

BCRW’s newest working group, Practicing Refusal: Thinking Beyond Resistance, kicks off with a public lecture by distinguished ethicist and feminist theorist, Denise Ferreira da Silva. Her talk engages what she sees as the fundamental challenge posed by black feminism: the questioning of a feminist critical grammar that re-produces any ‘proper’ apprehension of the female/the feminine and exposing the limits of what constitutes a ‘proper subject’. Her presentation aims to dissolve what she calls the patriarchal form of the subject. Refusing gender as the only critical tool for describing females’ socio-historical trajectories, Ferreira da Silva extends Hortense Spillers’ reconfiguration of ‘woman’, the female and the feminine, in ways that dis/order of the modern grammar of the patriarch.

ABOUT DENISE FERREIRA da SILVA:

Denise Ferreira da Silva is associate professor at the Institute for Research on Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, University of British Columbia. She is the author of Toward a Global Idea of Race.


This event is free and open to the public.

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