This film series considers ways in which sexism is embedded, endorsed, and/or challenged in the cinema. Films featuring women as central protagonists offer an intriguing site for the analysis of representations of race/ethnicity, femininities, masculinities, and sexualities.
A panel discussion will follow the film screening of Set it Off.
Christen Smith, director of the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies, researches engendered anti-Black state violence and Black community responses to it in Brazil and the Americas. Her work primarily focuses on transnational anti-Black police violence, Black liberation struggles, the paradox of Black citizenship in the Americas, and the dialectic between the enjoyment of Black culture and the killing of Black people. Her book, Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence and Performance in Brazil uses the lens of performance to examine the immediate and long-term impact of police violence on the Black population of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and the grassroots movement to denounce and end this violence. Her more recent, comparative work examines the lingering, deadly impact of police violence on black women in Brazil and the U.S.
Ashley Coleman Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. She earned a Ph.D. in Religion at Emory University, an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in both Religious Studies and Psychology from Spelman College. As an interdisciplinary ethnographer, she specializes in the intersecting lived experiences of black embodiment, black genders and sexualities, and Africana religion. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University and a Lecturer in the Institute for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. Her book, Majestad Negra: Race, Class, Gender and Religious Experience in the Puerto Rican Imaginary, is an intersectional black feminist approach to race, class, gender, and coloniality in Puerto Rico. The manuscript is a finalist for the National Women’s Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize.
Daelena Tinnin is a PhD student in the Radio-Television-Film department at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research generally looks at the intersections of black geography, the afterlife of slavery, time and space and performances of Black female subjectivities through the visual and cultural modalities of media. Her work has been published in Media Industries and Flow. Recently, she was awarded the Graduate Student Writing Prize on behalf of Society for Cinema and Media Studies Black Caucus for her project “Black Feminist Futures: Technologies of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer.”
Michaela Machicote is a Ph.D. Candidate in African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on black women's experiences with state violence and how black women and organizations in Chicago employ a black, queer, feminist praxis to combat state violence and address social issues in their communities. Holding an MA in Latin American Studies, her interests also lie with the politics of Afro-Latinidad (Puerto Rico and the Caribbean in particular), race, identity, gender, and space. She is a visual artist, poet, and member of the Cite Black Women Collective.