Angela Davis lecture: Life between Politics and Academia

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5 October 2015, 18:30
Venue: University of Vienna, Großen Festsaal (Great ceremonial hall, main building)

Angela Davis is activist, educator, philosopher, associated with the Black Panthers in the 1960s-1970s. She joined the Communist Party when Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. Davis was arrested as a suspected conspirator in the abortive attempt to free George Jackson from a courtroom in Marin County, California, August 7, 1970. She was eventually acquitted of all charges, but was briefly on the FBI’s most-wanted list as she fled from arrest. Davis was active with SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) before the Black Panthers. She ran for U.S. Vice President as a member of the Communist Party in 1980.

Angela Davis has been promoting women’s rights and racial justice while pursuing her career as a philosopher and teacher at the University of Santa Cruz and San Francisco University – she achieved tenure at the University of California at Santa Cruz though former governor Ronald Reagan swore she would never teach again in the University of California system. She studied with political philosopher Herbert Marcuse. She has published on race, class, and gender. /

Already in the 1970s she taught women’s and gender studies as well as African American studies in the US. Concurrently, she became a central figure in the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the US. She still investigates the intersections between oppression on grounds of gender, race/ethnicity and class in a globalised world. In 2011 Angela Davis was awarded the Blue Planet Award, an award given for an “extremely valuable ethical contribution to the rescue and the preservation of our Blue Planet”. /

Globalism and the prison industrial complex. An Interview with Angela Davis conducted by Avery Gordon

“My Political Life Has Been Informed by the Struggle in South Africa” – Angela Davis
– JWTC 2014 Interview by Ainehi Edoro

*Class – Race – Gender: Revisited – a workshop with keynote address by Angela Davis

6 October 2015, 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: Skylounge of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics/Faculty of Mathematics

Intersectionality and interdependency have been much debated in feminism and queer theory for many years to capture the intertwined structures of difference, inequality and privilege. On the basis of the book Women, Race and Class (1981) by Angela Davis, participants in the workshop discuss the academic, political and strategic relevance of differences between women. Angela Davis gives a keynote address that provides the input for joint reflection on opportunities and limits of joint action by women.