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Presented By: Institute for the Humanities

“Black Mirror and Black Feminist Futures or Leticia Wright’s Wrongs?” Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture by Moya Bailey

A Humanities Afrofutures Event

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Moya Bailey
This talk takes a look back at the “Black Museum” episode of the popular pre-pandemic technodystopian SciFi series Black Mirror, to ask: is this a Black feminist text and does it make a difference if the actor in the role is not a feminist? Examining the filmography of Leticia Wright in contrast with her conservative Christian views, this talk endeavors to think through the messiness of the feminist potential of performance even in spite of oneself. Moderated by Apryl Williams, assistant professor of communication and media and the Digital Studies Institute.

About Moya Bailey
Moya Bailey is an Associate Professor at Northwestern University and is the founder of the Digital Apothecary and co-founder of the Black Feminist Health Science Studies Collective. Her work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice, and she is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She is the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network and the Board President of Allied Media Projects, a Detroit-based movement media organization that supports an ever-growing network of activists and organizers. She is a co-author of #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice (MIT Press, 2020) and is the author of Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance (New York University Press, 2021).

About Humanities Afrofutures
Presented by the Institute for the Humanities, Humanities Afrofutures is a month-long series of events at the University of Michigan bringing together scholars, artists and activists to reexamine the past, explore critical issues in the present, and create a space for imagining possible futures.

Speakers include poet-activist Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Black Panther production designer Hannah Beachler, scholars Moya Bailey, Jennifer Nash, and Samantha Pinto, regional community leaders engaging in multi-faceted activist and creative work, U-M faculty, and more.

Join us for Humanities Afrofutures in February 2023. All events are free and open to the public.

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