Carole Boyce Davies is a Professor of English and Africana Studies. She has held distinguished professorships at a number of institutions, including the Herskovits Professor of African Studies and Professor of Comparative Literary Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of “Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject” and “Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones.” In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Dr. Boyce Davies has also published the following critical anthologies: “Ngambika: Studies of Women in African Literature”; “Out of the Kumbla: Caribbean Women and Literature”; and a two-volume collection of critical and creative writing entitled “Moving Beyond Boundaries: International Dimensions of Black Women’s Writing” (Volume 1) and “Black Women’s Diasporas” (Volume 2). She is co-editor with Ali Mazrui and Isidore Okpewho of “The African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Identities” and “Decolonizing the Academy: African Diaspora Studies.” She is the general editor of the three-volume “The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora” and of “Claudia Jones: Beyond Containment: Autobiography, Essays and Poems.” Dr. Boyce Davies is also the author of the monograph “Caribbean Spaces: Escape Routes from Twilight Zones” and the children’s book “Walking.”
What You'll Learn
- A look at the national memory of Harriet Tubman
- Representations of Harriet Tubman in popular culture
- Harriet Tubman as a Black feminist icon
- Harriet Tubman's "value" and "devaluation" as a form of cultural "currency"
Janell Hobson is Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She is the author of three books: “When God Lost Her Tongue: Historical Consciousness and the Black Feminist Imagination” (Routledge, 2021), “Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture” (Routledge, 2005, 2nd ed. 2018), and “Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender” (SUNY Press, 2012). Professor Hobson has also edited several volumes, including “The Routledge Companion to Black Women’s Cultural Histories” (2021).
A regular contributing writer to Ms. Magazine, Professor Hobson guest-edited “The Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Project” through the magazine’s online platform and special print section in 2022, a project supported by Professor Hobson’s time as a 2021-2022 Community Fellow at the University at Albany’s Institute for History and Public Engagement. Her areas of research include Black women’s representations and histories. Professor Hobson is planning a full-length biography on Harriet Tubman and is co-editor, along with Carole Boyce Davies, Mshai Mwangola, Angelique V. Nixon, and Christen Smith, of the forthcoming “The Black Feminist Theories Handbook.”
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