Malika Imhotep &  Miyuki Baker

The Church of Black Feminist Thought: Visual Theory-Telling Maps and Gatherings

The Church of Black Feminist Thought: Visual Theory-Telling Maps and Gatherings aims to bring together people and ideas in the name of love, hope, gratitude, and community.  Each black feminist thinker we decide to bring to church (replete with potluck food) is someone who has offered the world counter-imaginations and strategies for how to thrive in our minds, bodies, and spirits. As Katherine McKittrick recently posed in her keynote of the Black Geographies Symposium, “what if citations offered advice, teachings, counseling, life, initiations, and affirmations on how to refuse systems of oppression and dehumanization?” Church is our way to share these citations in more accessible ways and to surface all the hidden labor created by black feminist scholars, thinkers, and writers.  While much of our academic work is suspended in long publishing timelines and hard to decipher language, we believe that bringing the words of black feminist thinkers into conversation in physical space, then translating our collective ruminations into visual storytelling and illustration will nourish and support many.  We are most excited about this project because it lives at the intersection of gender, race, and critical theory. If you are interested in being a part of the conversation email Miyuki (miyuki.baker@berkeley.edu) or Malika (msimhotep@berkeley.edu).