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Being Black/Teaching Black: Writing Volume II

This, by invitation only, colloquy gathers senior womanist scholars for reflection on Black women’s experience in the religious studies and theology classroom in order to write a second volume of the anthology Being Black/Teaching Black (2010). We will focus on Black women’s being, on the challenges of maintaining wholeness and being healthy, and on teaching for freedom from oppression. We want to think about

  • how to reclaim and to rekindle discredited knowledges
  • using the imagination to address suffering in and of the self
  • what it has meant and cost to refuse destruction;
  • and how we might bring into our lives the formation we had as religious beings before our academic formation to address these issues.

This colloquy will move us towards writing memoir as an alternative expression of the teaching and writing life. Each participant will submit work(s) of creative non-fiction, poetry, short-story, or imaginative prose for the burgeoning anthology – Being Black/Teaching Black: Volume II.