Welcome to Zora’s Daughters 301, the First Semester of the junior year of the podcast! This syllabus is a reading list to the third season of the podcast that will continue to grow throughout the season. We have tried to link to open source texts and videos where possible.

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1. Race and Postfeminism

Episode: “Dangerously In Love With Celebrity

Required:

Divas, Evil Black Bitches, and Bitter Black Women: African American Women in Postfeminist and Post-Civil-Rights Popular Culture” (Kimberly Springer, 2007)

2. Sovereignty and Non-Sovereignty

Episode: The Death of Sovereignty

Required:

Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment (Yarimar Bonilla, 2015)

Optional:

The Sovereignty of Critique” (Audra Simpson, 2020)
Unsettling Sovereignty” (Yarimar Bonilla, 2017)
The Dissolution of the Myth of Sovereignty in the Caribbean” (Linden Lewis, 2012)

3. Reproductive Justice, Part II

Episode: “Looting the Womb: Black Birthing People and Reproductive Unfreedom

Review:

S1, E6: Deathcraft Country
S1, E 14: Afropessimism: Anything But Black!

Required:
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Dorothy Roberts, 1997)

Optional:
How Your Period-Tracking App Could End Up Tracking You (Mali Collins, 2021)
The Accumulation of Capital (Rosa Luxemburg, 1913)

4. Diaspora Wars

Episode: “All Skinfolk Ain’t Kinfolk

Required:
Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Trade (Saidiya Hartman, 2008)

Optional:
Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship (Kath Weston, 1991)

Optional Review:

S1, E7 Holy Is the Black Woman
S1, E15 B**** Better Have My Money!
S2, E9 Separate but Equal Month

5. Professional Development – Academic Conferences

No reading!

6. Black Disability Politics

Episode: “Diary of Mad Black Women”

Required:
Neuroexpansive* Thoughts (Ngwagwa, 2022)
Black Disability Politics (Sami Schalk, 2022)

Optional:
Black Madness :: Mad Blackness (Therí Alyce Pickens, 2019)

Review:

S2, E8 40 Acres Ain’t Praxis
S2, E13 No Body Is Normal