Happy Birthday to our wonderful co-host Alyssa! We’re back for our second episode of the semester to talk about hegemony, institutional power, and the academic hierarchies that fail to protect Black queer and trans women.
What’s the Word? Hegemony. We give a brief explanation of hegemony and how it comes into being.
What We’re Reading “Black Lesbians—Who Will Fight for Our Lives but Us?”: Navigating Power, Belonging, Labor, Resistance, and Graduate Student Survival in the Ivory Tower by S. Tay Glover. We discuss our experiences with pedagogies of accommodation (Chandra Mohanty) and being feminist killjoys and willful subjects (Sara Ahmed) in our department, being disposable randoms of the political economy of the academy, and resisting respectability politics and our impossibility through silence and self-love.
What in the World?! We discuss the controversy surrounding Harvard anthropology professor John Comaroff, the way universities are “protected enclosures of unchecked violence and abuse of power,” why anthropology is often at the center of academic controversies, and how Title IX regulations are designed to protect the university and break the will of victims and survivors.
Looking for Title IX information? Visit KnowYourIX.org
Discussed in this Episode
“Black Lesbians—Who Will Fight for Our Lives but Us?”: Navigating Power, Belonging, Labor, Resistance, and Graduate Student Survival in the Ivory Tower (S. Tay Glover, 2017)
A Lawsuit Accuses Harvard of Ignoring Sexual Harassment by a Professor (NY Times, 2022)
Of Academic Hierarchies and Harassment (Paula Chakravartty, 2022)
Complaint (Sara Ahmed, 2021)
Transcript will be available on our website here.