By Bri-Ann Hernandez, Thinking Gender 2020 Coordinator
The keynote at this year’s Thinking Gender Conference will take the form of a panel discussion between Mariame Kaba, Emily Thuma, and Mimi Kim.
Mariame Kaba a widely respected activist and public scholar whose work has centered racial justice, gender justice, prison abolition, and transformative justice approaches to violence. Kaba is currently Researcher-in-Residence on Race, Gender, Sexuality and Criminalization at the Social Justice Institute of the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the Founding Director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization that works to end youth incarceration.
Her diverse publications include a guidebook intended to support facilitators of community accountability addressing interpersonal violence, a children’s book aimed at comforting and normalizing their experiences of having incarcerated parents, and articles centering the liberation of black women who are imprisoned for self-defense.
Mariame Kaba’s Official Website
Mariame Kaba’s Blog Prison Culture
About Thinking Gender:
Thinking Gender 2020: Sexual Violence as Structural Violence: Feminist Visions of Transformative Justice centers feminist, queer, trans, anti-carceral, transnational, and intersectional approaches to sexual violence. It is intended to think of sexual violence as a function of empire, settler colonialism, militarism, the afterlife of slavery, the patriarchal family, white supremacy, dispossession, incarceration, immigration detention and deportation, and labor exploitation, among other forms of state and capitalist violence, rather than caused by the actions of a particular individual that can be addressed through punishment.