Berkshire Conference on the Histories of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, June 1-4, 2017, Hofstra University

Below are some of the Berkshire Conference sessions with presentations on black girls and girlhood.  For the entire program, see the conference website: 15 P – Black Women and Global Capitalism in the Post War Era Thursday, June 1, 2017: 2:00 PM-3:30 PM BRESL 112 (Hofstra University) Chair: Tera W Hunter, Princeton University McQueen of the […]

Landscapes, Memories, and History in Beyoncé’s Lemonade

HBGN member LaKisha Simmons wrote about black feminist performance and historical memory in Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade for UNC Press blog. “At Laura Plantation, also along the river, in 1830 Nanette Prud’homme Duparc, the matriarch of her family, improved the family business by going to the city and buying thirty teenaged girls. Ten years later she had her […]

Round Table at the Society for the History of Children and Youth, UBC, Vancouver

Corinne Field, Renee Sentilles, Abosede George, Rhian Keyse, Marcia Chatelain, and Tammy Charelle Owens gathered at the SHCY for a round table on “Recent Innovations and Future Directions in the History of Black Girlhood.” Highlights included new strategies for engaging the archive so as to render black girls visible, the importance of interdisciplinary approaches, and the […]

South Side Girls

In South Side Girls Marcia Chatelain recasts Chicago’s Great Migration through the lens of black girls. Focusing on the years between 1910 and 1940, when Chicago’s black population quintupled, Chatelain describes how Chicago’s black social scientists, urban reformers, journalists and activists formulated a vulnerable image of urban black girlhood that needed protecting. She argues that […]

Crescent City Girls

What was it like to grow up black and female in the segregated South? To answer this question, LaKisha Simmons blends social history and cultural studies, recreating children’s streets and neighborhoods within Jim Crow New Orleans and offering a rare look into black girls’ personal lives. Simmons argues that these children faced the difficult task […]