Recommended Reading and Online Resources

“I use poetry the way some people use encyclopedias: to find out more. I listen for a voice that springs from a real breath, a sweating body that speaks, or I stop reading.” —Ntozake Shange, interviewed in “Rescuing the Canon” in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint (New York: Routledge, 1995). Works […]

Introduction: Singing a “Black Girl’s Song” at Barnard and Beyond

it is possible to start a phrase with a word and end with a gesture/ that’s how I’ve lived my life/ that’s how I continue to study /produce black art —Ntozake Shange, “why I had to dance”[1] In the academic year 2012-2013, renowned poet, performance artist, playwright, and novelist Ntozake Shange, Barnard class of 1970, […]

“walkin on the edges of the galaxy”: Queer Choreopoetic Thought in the African Diaspora

In her 1978 essay, “takin a solo/ a poetic possibility/ a poetic imperative,” Ntozake Shange interrogates literatures and criticism that submit to demands of racial representation over the possibilities of creative expression. Critiquing US literary culture’s tendency to reward writers whose voices reinforce prefabricated models of blackness, Shange observes that that, “if you are… female […]

Collaborations

A response to the panel “Expanding Feminism: Collaborations for Social Justice” at the conference Activism and the Academy: Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarship and Action. Watch the video here: Download “Collaborations” by Janet R. Jakobsen (pdf) From American Quarterly 64:4 (2012), 827-831. © 2012 The American Studies Association. Reprinted with permission of Johns Hopkins […]

Wildness: A Fabulation

A response to a discussion with Wildness filmmakers Wu Tsang and Roya Rastegar. This conversation took place on March 1, 2013 and kicked off the The Scholar & Feminist Conference 2013: “Utopia.” Watch the video here: I never made it to Wildness, the party. But I have spent enough intoxicated nights dancing in art-damaged queer […]

Activism and the Academy: A Utopian Proposition

If happiness and optimism appear too often as individual, psychological, overbearing and annoying to those excluded from their complacent joys, doesn’t hope sometimes arrive in collective, political and insurgent forms? …. [W]hat might the impact of mobilized hopefulness … be? That is the animating question for the political present. Can collective hope without delusion or […]

No One is Disposable

No One Is Disposable is a series of discussions I’ve been hosting as an activist-in-residence at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Through these conversations, I’ve been speaking with activists about the issues most pressing in our lives. I started these conversations as a small intervention in a political climate where imprisonment of poor […]

Wildness: A Successful Failure

A response to a discussion with Wildness filmmakers Wu Tsang and Roya Rastegar. This conversation took place on March 1, 2013 and kicked off the The Scholar & Feminist Conference 2013: “Utopia.” Watch the video here: A year ago, Wu Tsang and Roya Rastegar, directors of the magical-realist documentary Wildness, joined Janet Jakobsen in a […]

“If, Suddenly”

A response to the panel “The Multiple Futures of Gender and Sexuality Studies” at the conference Activism and the Academy: Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarship and Action. Watch the video here: “So, when are you going to stop talking about institutionalization?” a colleague recently asked, in a tone that was both jocular and disdainful […]

Introduction

This special issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online is devoted to new scholarship at the intersection of science and technology studies (hereafter STS), race/postcolonial studies, and feminist and queer theory, with a special emphasis on three areas of research: Eugenic Legacies and Infrastructures of Reproduction, Cross-species and Cross-kingdom Enmeshments, and Governmentality and Activism in […]