Professor Teresa Barnes will be speaking on falling statues in South Africa and the US and the changing politics of knowledge production. Her incredibly timely lecture will engage not only with current and past political events but also with memory studies and racial violence. Furthermore, she is uniquely situated to offer personal and professional expertise regarding transnational racial politics, especially in relation to memory and gender.
Dr. Barnes earned her Ph.D. in African Economic History from the University of Zimbabwe is now an Associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the History and Gender and Women’s Studies Department, in addition to being the Director of the Center for African Studies. Barnes is the co-author of To Live A Better Life: An Oral History of Women in Harare, 1930-60 (1990) and the author of "We Women Worked So Hard": Gender, Labor and Social Reproduction in Harare, Zimbabwe, 1930-56 (1999) as well many well-received book chapters and journal articles. Her work has focused on gender and women’s history, the role of public history and public memory, and the history of education in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
This lecture will be free and open to the public.