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Cathy Cohen’s "The Boundaries of Blackness" at 20

Thu, August 29, 10:00 to 11:30am, Marriott, Salon 3

Session Submission Type: Roundtable

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Cathy Cohen's foundational book The Boundaries of Blackness. In his 2000 review of the book, Fred Harris wrote that it "stretches our theoretical understanding of black politics," "provides scholars in the field of black politics with more theoretical tools to further expand the boundaries of scholarship in the field," and concludes that it "will be debated for years to come and will likely emerge as one of the most important works in black politics." The same might be said for Boundaries’s influence within the fields of Queer Studies, Gender Studies, and for the study of political advocacy and social movements. The participants on this roundtable will take assessments and predictions such as Harris’s as points of departure for a discussion about the book's impact on and implications for their own work, for the study of the politics of race, gender, and sexuality, and for political science more generally. They will also consider work that has extended or challenged the arguments and frameworks offered by Cohen.

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