The Koryne Horbal Lecture

Janell Hobson

Janell Hobson

Title: Historical Consciousness and Black Feminist Imagination

Tuesday, March 3
11 a.m., Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center


Janell Hobson is an associate professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany.  She is the author of two books, Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender and Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture. She also writes and blogs for Ms. and other publications, including the online blog The Feminist Wire. She has guest-edited a special issue on Harriet Tubman for Meridians and is currently researching black women’s iconographic histories in transnational perspectiveShe is also the editor for the forthcoming volume with SUNY Press: Are All the Women Still White? Rethinking Race, Expanding Feminisms.


“Historical Consciousness and the Black Feminist Imagination”

What are the obstacles to envisioning black female power from the past?  How would such historical imagery embolden the political mission of present-day black feminist theory and practice?  Moreover, how would such imagery take shape in contemporary popular narratives? These questions undergird Janell Hobson’s lecture, which explores the iconography and genealogy of black feminist resistance – from historical narratives  to contemporary black feminist memorialization projects – and intersects historiography with image-analysis to interpret historical events alongside the imaginative narratives and political frameworks we have given them in the present.