Panel on "Networks of Oppression and Resistance" at the First Annual Faculty Research Symposium

Africana Studies professor Lauren Kientz Anderson and friends of Africana Studies, Guy Nave, Sheila Radford-Hill, Scott Hurley, and Richard Merritt, collaborated on a round table discussion about "networks of oppression and resistance" at the first annual Luther College Faculty Research Symposium.

The abstract of their panel was as follows:

Networks of Oppression and Resistance

Since 1989, when UCLA law professor Kimberle' Crenshaw introduced the concept of intersectionality, academics and activists have been striving to identify how different kinds of oppression interact and intersect. We see intersectionality at work in the life of a black maid, for example, who may experience exploitation based upon her race, gender, class, ability, and sexuality--none of which can be or should be separated into discrete units. In this roundtable discussion, participants will examine the complex and varied ways that social, economic, and cultural discourses and institutions intersect to perpetuate oppression and domination. Perhaps even more importantly, they will consider how to respond to these issues as they manifest in and out of the Luther College community. While they will articulate how hierarchical ideologies such as sexism, racism, speciesism, abilism, heteronormativity, and others exist as parts of a complex, interconnected “network” of domination that is global in scope, participants will also reflect on the ways the metaphor of “network” or matrix can provide a theoretical and practical foundation for innovative and truly liberating discourses that will not only deconstruct explicit and implicit exploitative practices and policies, but will also lead to new forms of consciousness, knowledge, and social institutions.