Fitting into the Conversation: Race, Feminism, and African Women in the Diaspora   

The increasing focus on globalism makes it more important now than ever to scrutinize the intersections of all women’s experiences with racial inequality. Race is centered in black feminism while African feminism addresses issues unique to African women. African women in the diaspora have the privilege of mobility that allows transnational movement. While this privilege does not suggest greater agency, it does mean that African women in the diaspora experience racial categorization differently than African-American women. Recent attempts to include the experiences of diasporic African women in African feminist scholarship must also consider the nuances of how African-American women, continental African women, and African women in the diaspora understand gendered and racial categorizations. Although color often creates the assumption that African and African-American women have similar experiences, racial consciousness is not the same for African immigrant women as it is for African American women. Exploring the experiences of some characters in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah provides insight that will ground some of these ideas in reality.

Presenter:
Tolulope Adeusi, she/her, Graduate Student, Liberal Studies, East Tennessee State University

1 thought on “Fitting into the Conversation: Race, Feminism, and African Women in the Diaspora   ”

  1. Thank you for sharing your research! The connections between systems/institutions, racial and gendered categorizations, and Americanah were very interesting and informative.

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