“My country needs me”, writes Hortense Spillers in her timeless essay “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book”. “If I were not here, I would have to be invented”, she continues. The first paragraph of this influential essay opens with all the names of the “marked woman”, the “marked” black woman: “’Peaches’ and ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Sapphire’ and ‘Earth Mother’, ‘Aunty’, ‘Granny’, ‘God’s Holy Fool, a ‘Miss Ebony First’, or ‘Black Woman at the Podium’”. These specific names/misnomers and the larger order of naming remain both the foundational markers of our current times and the structural rituals of a political systems that requires the violent victimization of black and blackened people for its daily operations. My concern, in this seminar, will not be so much about the names themselves. Rather, I will invite us to explore the larger order of naming and its structural usefulness to a political order striving from “the divergent production of the category of woman” – to use Saidiya Hartman’s terminology. I will invite us to question the manners in which the production of a “black femaleness” remains indispensable to a larger geopolitical economy of violence that demands and solicits both the constant production and the plundering of the resources afforded to it by racialized gender categories.

Axelle Karera is an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Humanities at Wesleyan University. Her areas of specialization are in 20th century continental philosophy, the critical philosophy of race, and feminist philosophy. She is currently working on her first book in which she assesses the ethical and political shortcomings of Anthroprocenean discourses on matters of race. Karera will join the department of philosophy at Wesleyan as assistant professor of philosophy with an affiliation with the department of African American Studies in the fall of 2018.

Seminariet i feministisk kontinentalfilosofi i Stockholm (The Seminar in Feminist Continental Philosophy in Stockholm) samarrangeras av genusvetenskap vid Stockholms universitet och filosofi vid Södertörns högskola.

Seminariet startade under våren 2016 och syftar till att utgöra ett forum för feministisk filosofi, främst orienterat mot den kontinentalfilosofiska traditionen. Seminariet hålls fyra gånger per termin, alternerande mellan Stockholms universitet (SU) och Södertörns högskola (SH). Det är öppet för alla intresserade, speciellt studenter, lärare och forskare i filosofi och genusvetenskap.

För mer information kontakta Lisa Folkmarson Käll (lisa.kall@gender.su.se) eller Ina Hallström (ina.hallstrom@gender.su.se) vid Avdelningen för genusvetenskap, Stockholms universitet eller Ulrika Björk (ulrika.bjork@sh.se) vid Filosofiämnet, Södertörns högskola.