What’s the Word?
Kinship. Kinship studies are foundational to the discipline of anthropology, but in this section we talk about how people are taking up the concept to tell their own stories today.
What We’re Reading.
Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Trade by Saidiya Hartman. In this segment, we read the first two chapters to trace Hartman’s attention to kinship and belonging in the afterlife of slavery. What does it feel like to be a stranger everywhere?
What in the World?!
We talk about the “intratribal conflict” of the African diaspora wars, the choice of identity and how it’s a shortcut for people to understand how to oppress you, dating tips from our moms, boycotting The Woman King, how ADOS and FBA strategies disenfranchise Black Americans and promote anti-blackness, and Brendane’s personal experience visiting Ghana.
Discussed In This Episode
Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Trade (Saidiya Hartman, 2008)
Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship (Kath Weston, 1991)
Past episodes to dive into for reference:
Syllabus for ZD 301 is available here!