UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Join the Africana Research Center for the Luncheon Series with Jeanine Staples from noon to 1 p.m on Monday, March 27, in 217 Willard Building.
Staples, associate professor of education (language and literacy education) and African-American studies, will present a lecture titled: "The Scope and Sequence of White Oblivion (and How It Hurts and Kills People): Identifying & Dismantling White Supremacy Through an Endarkened Feminist Epistemological and Ontological Framework."
Black feminists and womanists have provided a means through which to examine not only the scope and sequences of black women's identities and lived experiences, along with various iterations of sociocultural, socioemotional and sociopolitical impact, they have also paved ways for deeper revelations about these citizens' countermanding knowledge frameworks and ways of being. These methodologies are often established within antagonistic relational and social circumstances and contexts.
An endarkened feminist epistemological and ontological framework, derived from the aforementioned frames, adds depth to these examinations, and understandings of implications. This happens by clarifying a triumvirate of knowing and being that resounds from spiritual, material, and emotional phenomena (re)produced by variations of blackness and femininity. An unintended outcome of these wisdoms points also to the scope and sequence of white oblivion — immaturity within, or detachment from the particular complexities of knowing and being cultivated by black girls and women and other marginalized members of society.
In this talk, Staples will show the establishment of these cooperating phenomena: how they form and function as the evolution of endarkened feminist ways of knowing and being; their affordances in generating and navigating contentious social and academic terrain; and, as importantly, the results of their omission, i.e. white oblivion. This talk is particularly timely as it also provides a way of interpreting the sociocultural and sociopolitical nuances of the rising Trump Era.
This event is free and open to the public.