Intersectionality in the American South: Intersectional Studies Collective

The South is a dynamic place and idea, but it is a space still operating hegemonically out of imposed racialized, gendered, and religious categories, neglecting more nuanced understandings of human identities and experiences. Through the lens of intersectionality, the Georgia State University Collective will explore this dynamic and often contentiously transforming South, unearthing the unspoken and unacknowledged elements that continue to obstruct its effective engagement with the present.

The Georgia State University Collective initiative has been planned for a 42-month duration and organized around the following yearly themes:

  1. Historical Foundations and Academic Approaches to Intersectionality in the South.
  2. Southern Intersectionality and Social Justice.
  3. Science, Technology, and Intersectionalities of Disparity in the Transnational South. Events and programming will be enriched through a podcast, “Stories from the South,” that will provide an avenue for extending conversations beyond the scheduled face-to-face programming.
Mellon Foundation logo and Georgia State University's College of Arts & Sciences
Intersectionality in the American South is funded through Support by the Mellon Foundation and administered by the Center for Studies on Africa and Its Diaspora at the College of Arts & Sciences at Georgia State University.
Elizabeth West
Principal Investigator – Dr. Elizabeth West, Professor and Amos Distinguished Chair in English Letters, English Department at Georgia State
Lakeyta Bonnette Bailey
Co-Principal Investigator – Dr. Lakeyta M. Bonnette-Bailey, Associate Professor, Africana Studies Department at Georgia State

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