This year’s conference is an occasion to mark what is being done in the field of black feminist philosophy, the interventions we have made and the traditions we have inherited. In her “Musing: A Black Feminist Philosopher: Is That Possible?,” Densie James offers two different ways of defining black feminist philosophy. First, a philosophical mode of inquiry that centers traditions of black feminist thought. And second, the academic enterprise of making black feminism legible in professional philosophy. With its focus on black feminist figures, this conference seeks to showcase work done in the first sense of black feminist philosophy. This conference also explores new areas of development in black feminist philosophy such as: a reclamation of identity politics, analyses of traditions of refusal in black feminist thought, and the construction of what Kinitra Brooks calls “conjure feminism.”

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