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Petigny Awarded Schochet Fellowship

Black Femme Moves: Dissident Feminisms and Performative Resistance
February 23, 2017

Third-year Feminist Studies Ph.D. candidate Naimah Petigny was recently awarded the prestigious 2017-2018 Schochet Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Queer, Trans, and Sexuality Studies for her dissertation work.

Black Femme Moves: Dissident Feminisms and Performative Resistance

Abstract:  As a cultural site, Black performance responds to both historical legacies and contemporary practices of gendered violence, racism and state surveillance. While the Black body has been historically constructed as a target, it is also a source of creativity, vitality, and healing. My dissertation project Black Femme Moves: Dissident Feminisms and Performative Resistance weaves together threads of several interconnected political issues - of blackness, queerness and subjectivity—in relation to proliferating discourses and enactments of state violence, thus setting the groundwork for analyzing Black women’s embodiment through contemporary performance. Through centering the femme and the queer as what moves social movements, I uncover unruly, and often overlooked, dimensions of Black subjectivity as I analyze how Black women’s performance exemplifies the urgency of collective liberation.