The term intersectionality was coined by Black feminist Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989 in her article "Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics."
This term describes what Black feminists have also called simultaneity (Combahee River Collective), and interlocking oppressions (In "Black Feminist Thought," by Patricia Hill Collins). The concept explains how identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality and ability are not mutually exclusive but intersect on a person in a social system where these identities can confer power and privilege as well as experiences of oppression and discrimination.
The theme of intersectionality perfectly captures the CCSRE’s aims to provide the institutional structure, resources, and expertise necessary for initiating and sustaining critical and intersectional examinations of race, ethnicity, and social difference (e.g. gender, class, sexuality, caste, indigeneity) in global contexts and in broader social justice and political projects.
We will be extending our annual Call for Proposals that will support research, artistic projects and programming aligned with our theme. The first deadline for proposals is October 13, 2017.