Law 553 - Intersectionalities: Theorizing Multiple Discrimination, Identity and Power
Kimberlé W. Crenshaw
Promise Institute Chair in Human Rights
J.D. Harvard, 1984
LL.M. University of Wisconsin, 1985
This seminar will examine the development, articulation and application of “Intersectionality” as both a theoretical frame and a discursive practice in law, human rights and social justice advocacy. Emerging as a theory to articulate the multiple axis of discrimination encountered by women of color in employment, the family, and elsewhere, Intersectionality has found broader application in efforts to move beyond single-issue and identity-based approaches to societal marginalization. Taking note of the 20th year anniversary of the intersectional framework, the seminar will feature feminist and critical race scholars, social justice practitioners, and others who will engage, critique and expand the intersectional prism through exploring its relationship to their own work. Key questions that that will be explored include the legal erasure of intersectional discrimination; the circulation of intersectionality in human rights and international discourses; the contested interface between intersectional and anti-essentialist critiques of identity politics; the utility of intersectionality as a prism for understanding coalition failures (i.e. marriage equality; immigration reform; affirmative action) and the role of intersectionality as a conceptual building block for cross-movement building strategies. Guests (TBA) will include leading thinkers in the academy (law, sociology, feminist studies, post-colonial studies); human rights and social justice practice, journalism and the arts.