ON INTERSECTIONALITY

WITH PROF. KIMBERLÉ CRENSHAW

Prof. Kimberlé Crenshaw is known for introducing the term ‘intersectionality’. She is a leading civil rights activist and professor at Columbia Law School and the UCLA School of Law. Crenshaw is a big name in the legal world and a leading figure for all intersectional feminists and activists. During this evening she will be interviewed in-depth and talk about her groundbreaking and globally influential work on intersectionality and where her research is heading. 

This evening, we celebrate Professor Crenshaw’s work. Besides the interview, the program contains renowned Dutch experts sharing what Crenshaw’s work has meant for their practice.

Professor Gloria Wekker will introduce the evening with a brief historical overview of Crenshaw’s work and the term intersectionality. In an in-depth interview with moderator Aldith Hunkar, Crenshaw will speak about her groundbreaking and influential thinking on intersectionality. Nawal Mustafa will read one of her columns on what it meant for her as an Islamic activist and lawyer. Finally, we will have a panel discussion, led by Aldith Hunkar, in which Crenshaw talks to experts Domenica Ghidei, Gloria Wekker, and Nani Jansen Reventlow.

ABOUT CRENSHAW

As a lawyer, Crenshaw found that law and legislation do stand up for minorities from the point of view of race or sex – but always from a one-sided perspective. In her article Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex, she uses a court case to describe how black women have fewer privileges within the law than white women or black and white men.

Crenshaw described this with the term intersectionality. Intersectionality is the theory that the institutional effect of prejudices and old patterns around our social identities intersect and reinforce each other. Crenshaw calls for a radical revision of the concept of diversity: not one-dimensional, but overlapping identities (gender & race & sexuality & religion & nationality etc) are decisive for the way in which discrimination takes place in our society. The theory shows that one-dimensional non-discrimination policy and law is bad for women with different overlapping social identities, because in practice it makes a lot of difference whether you are a white heterosexual woman or a black lesbian woman.

Crenshaw is in the Netherlands at the invitation of Bureau Clara Wichmann. This event was made possible with the help of Mama Cash.

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