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Dept. of Anthropology Colloquium Series: Dr. Rachel Watkins “The Role of Black Feminist Theory in Critiquing Scientific Practices and Concepts of Race

February 4, 2019 @ 3:35 pm

The Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series will present Professor Rachel Watkins, Department of Anthropology, American University, who will speak on “The Role of Black Feminist Theory in Critiquing Scentific Practices and Concepts of Race.”

Dr. Watkins’ research focuses on the biological and social history of urban African Americans of the 19th and 20th centuries. She uses a culturally-rich collection made up of Washington, DC, residents who died between 1930 and 1969. Most recently, she has studied the use of African American skeletal remains and living bodies in the development of bioanthropological practices and racial formation. In this talk, she will build on this work by using Black feminist theory and critiques of science to challenge research practices in bioanthropology.

Dr. Watkins is the author of numerous book chapters, as well as articles in journals, including American Anthropologist, Current Anthropology, American Journal of Human Biology and the International Journal of Osteoarchaelogy.

Sponsored by the Race, Difference, and Power Concentration, Department of Anthropology. Co-sponsored by the Institute of African American Research; Women’s and Gender Studies; and African, African American & Diaspora Studies

Light refreshments will be served.


February 4, 2019
3:35 pm