Event Title

Beauty, Body, and Black Women

Presenter Information

Cassandra Smith, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 223

Start Date

30-4-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 3:55 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

I will be exploring the embodied experience of Black women at Colby College. Through observations in locations designated for multiculturalism and events dedicated to talking about bodies, I am searching the dimensions of space, identity, race, representation, gender, and discourse. Through interviews of Black women at Colby, I am asking what it means to live in the body that they have and how they navigate space? I want to understand when Black women feel their blackness and their womanhood come together or collide in a space of whiteness. This project is ultimately about voice. It is about what stories are told, what discourses are privileged, and whose bodies we conjure in our imagination when we think about body image.The subtext is about race, gender,discourse, institution, and imagination. The manifestation of these observations will hopefully take the form of a collection of narratives.

Faculty Sponsor

Winifred Tate

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Anthropology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1685

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Apr 30th, 2:30 PM Apr 30th, 3:55 PM

Beauty, Body, and Black Women

Diamond 223

I will be exploring the embodied experience of Black women at Colby College. Through observations in locations designated for multiculturalism and events dedicated to talking about bodies, I am searching the dimensions of space, identity, race, representation, gender, and discourse. Through interviews of Black women at Colby, I am asking what it means to live in the body that they have and how they navigate space? I want to understand when Black women feel their blackness and their womanhood come together or collide in a space of whiteness. This project is ultimately about voice. It is about what stories are told, what discourses are privileged, and whose bodies we conjure in our imagination when we think about body image.The subtext is about race, gender,discourse, institution, and imagination. The manifestation of these observations will hopefully take the form of a collection of narratives.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/222