On September 20, 2012, Joy James spoke on “Women and Political Imprisonment: From Rosa Parks to Ramona Afrika” as part of The Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change’s event series and IJET’s Speakers and Trainers Series on “Race and Place: Movement, Space, Land, and Power.” Joy James is a Presidential Professor of the Humanities and a professor of Political Science at Williams College. Professor James is also the author of multiple books addressing feminist and critical race theory, democracy, and social justice. If you missed her lecture, the Havens Center has audio files of her two campus talks:
- Women and Political Imprisonment: From Rosa Parks to Ramona Afrika
- Refusing Blackness as Victimization: Trayvon Martin and the Black Cyborgs
Also, below is a brief sample of James’ books that she has authored or edited:
- Transcending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American intellectuals (1996) examines African American intellectual responses to racism and the role of elitism, sexism, and anti-radicalism in black leadership politics throughout history.
- Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics (2002) analyzes the history and practice of black feminisms through synthesizing social movement theories with cultural and identity politics.
- Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender, and Race in U.S. Culture (1996) provides an effective, essential, and visionary voice from the left by converging race, gender, and class as fundamental trajectories.
- The New Abolitionists: (Neo)slave Narratives And Contemporary Prison Writings (2005) is a collection of writings by twentieth-century imprisoned authors that examines confinement, enslavement, and political organizing in prisons.