In 1989, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw introduced the concept of 'intersectionality' in her article Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex. Building on and resonating with black feminist academic and political work, the concept has travelled far and fast since its publication: across disciplines and locations, both as theory and methodology. It continues to generate political interventions in academia, public policy, and contemporary politics, transcending its theoretical and legal origins.
To commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of Professor Crenshaw's introduction of intersectionality, the Department of Gender Studies at LSE held a day of celebration which culminated with a powerful and moving public lecture by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw: Thirty Years of Theorizing Justice: Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory, and Contemporary Challenges
Watch the video of her lecture on Facebook or listen the podcast. Professor Crenshaw was also interviewed on Radio 4's Women's Hour prior to her LSE lecture.
Professor Crenshaw's lecture followed a day-long series of interventions, and participants have been invited to contribute to an Engenderings special issue on Intersectionality at 30 (forthcoming):
Politics of Location: Emma Spruce (Gender, LSE); Ulrika Dahl (Gender, Uppsala); Simidele Dosekun (Media, Sussex); Sumi Madhok (Gender, LSE); Rahul Rao (Politics, SOAS)
Knowledge Struggles: Laleh Khalili, (Politics, SOAS); Yasmin Gunaratnam (Sociology, Goldsmiths); Marsha Henry (Gender, LSE); Barbara Tomlinson (Feminist Studies, Santa Cruz); Alyosxa Tudor (Gender, SOAS)
Fields and Interventions: Jacob Breslow (Gender, LSE); Awino Okech (Gender, SOAS); Nirmal Puwar (Sociology, Goldsmiths); Wendy Sigle (Gender, LSE); Sara Felix-Camacho (TLC, LSE)
Politics and Practice: Abeera Khan (Gender, SOAS); Danny HoSang (American Studies, Yale); Emilia Roig (Centre for Intersectional Justice, Berlin); Sumi Cho, (Law, DePaul)