‘What if I Am a Woman?’: African American Women’s Campaigns for Sexual Justice and Citizenship

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Date: 02 Aug 2018 – 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria


School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies

Public Lectures

‘What if I Am a Woman?': African American Women's Campaigns for Sexual Justice and Citizenship

This lecture traces black women’s resistance to sexual violence during the transition from slavery to freedom and reveals how their claims for sexual justice shaped national debates about the meanings of freedom and citizenship. Black women’s relentless defense of themselves under impossible circumstances informed not only the anti-slavery discourse espoused by abolitionists, but also influenced the Republican party’s vision of racial equality from the 1850s until the end of Reconstruction and helped to set the stage for the black freedom struggles of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

6:00pm – Registration

6:30pm – Welcome

6:40pm – Keynote Speaker: Professor Crystal Feimster

7:30pm – Networking and Light Refreshments



Professor Crystal N. Feimster is an Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies, the American Studies Program and History Department at Yale University and a Focus Visiting Professor in the Global Connections and Violence Program at Monash.






Thursday 02 Aug


06:00pm – 08:00pm


Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria
179 La Trobe St (Entry 3)


Please RSVP by 26 July 2018.




For further information, please contact Vennetia Tzanis on 99058976 or v.tzanis@monash.edu


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