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114 minutes | 20 days ago
Hot Girl Semester
So you want to go to grad school?! It's the episode you've been waiting for: Brendane and Alyssa talk all things PhD life while incorporating that critical analysis you know and love. In our What's the Word segment, we discuss the four waves of feminism and why people have got intersectionality à la Kimberlé Crenshaw all the way messed up. For What We're Reading, we discuss the essay “Sitting at the Kitchen Table: Fieldnotes from Women of Color in Anthropology” by Tami Navarro, Bianca Williams, and Attiya Ahmad in order to discuss the Self/Other problematic of anthropology that excludes and alienates women of color the discipline, as well as the particular racialized and gendered experiences that make the academy an unwelcoming place. Finally, in What In the World?! we answer your questions and we spill the tea on our application process, our journey to the PhD, shout out the folks that helped us get here, and why you need friends both inside and outside of the Ivory Tower. We also talk the best advice we received about grad school, and self-care where Alyssa shares how her hot girl semester helped her have a healed girl summer. Get ready - it's a long one! And also, apologies for the audio - we're still learning our new mics and audio software! Liked what you heard? Donate here! Discussed this week: Sitting at the Kitchen Table: Fieldnotes from Women of Color in Anthropology (Tami Navarro, Bianca Williams, Attiya Ahmad, 2013) The Anti-Black Pinnings of Ableism (Devyn Springer and Dustin Gibson 2020) Resources for Grad School: Black Girl Does Grad School Hooded: A Black Girl's Guide to the PhD (Malika Grayson, 2020) Back-to-School Beatitudes: 10 Academic Survival Tips (Crunk Feminist Collective, 2011) The Professor Is in: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job (website) (Karen Kelsky 2015) 57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School: Perverse Professional Lessons for Graduate Students (Kevin D. Haggerty and Aaron Doyle, 2015) Institute for Recruitment of Teachers Grad school merch available here and the syllabus for ZD 102 is here! Let us know what you thought of the episode @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter! Transcript will be available on our website here.
98 minutes | a month ago
The Empire Claps Back
We did more than write, hunny! In this episode, Alyssa & Brendane explain the what happened between them and Dr. Kiona AKA How Not to Travel Like a Basic Bitch and the "multiracial coalition" on Instagram that led to the baby viral YouTube video. It's a conversation on theory and practice, particularly how theory and experience inform how we perform criticism in our everyday lives and how that lens will make our world better. We also address more of the comments and questions we received on posts and in our DMs. Finally, you'll hear a slightly different version of the conversation than is available on YouTube, as we had to record twice! Liked what you heard? Donate here! Discussed this week: Zora's Daughters' Reaction to How Not To Travel Like a Basic B*tch ZD Merch available here and the syllabus for ZD 102 is here! Let us know what you thought of the episode @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter! Transcript will be available on our website here.
93 minutes | 2 months ago
B**** Better Have My Money
Mo' money, fewer problems? Today, Brendane & Alyssa take on the question of getting that government guap - reparations, baby! Our new sound is finally here - shout out to our music producer Segnon Tiewul for di big tuuuune! Let us know what you think on Twitter and Instagram. Additionally, the Graduate Workers at Columbia University are currently on strike to push agreement on a fair labor contract with the university, who has threated to dock pay. Donate to the solidarity fund here. *Note* The conference panel Alyssa talks about moderating was postponed due to the strike. An opinion poll released last summer found that 80% of Black Americans believed the federal government should compensate the descendants of enslaved people, compared with 21% of white Americans. In our segment What's the Word? we discuss reparations - what it has meant and what it could mean. In What We're Reading, we talk about Deborah A. Thomas's introduction and coda to her monograph Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica (2011) to understand what it means to use reparations as a framework for thinking. In our last segment, What in the World?! we have Dr. Thomas on to discuss how her thinking has evolved from reparations to repair, embodiment to affect, and citizenship to sovereignty in her follow up book, Political Life in the Wake of the Plantation: Sovereignty, Witnessing, Repair (2019). We also talk about the questions that animate her research, the announcement of reparations for (some) Black residents in Evanston, Illinois, the 'conjuncture' that's got everyone talking about reparations, and why we should mobilize for reparations and repair on multiple scales. Liked what you heard? Donate here! Discussed this week: Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica (Deborah A. Thomas, 2011) Political Life in the Wake of the Plantation: Sovereignty, Witnessing, Repair (Deborah A. Thomas, 2019) The Case for Reparations (Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2014) U.S. Museums Hold the Remains of Thousands of Black People (Delande Justinvil and Chip Colwell, 2021) Payback's a B**** (Code Switch, NPR, 2021) ZD Merch available here and the syllabus for ZD 102 is here! Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter! Transcript will be available on our website here.
116 minutes | 2 months ago
Afropessimism: Anything but Black!
Stop trying to make Black happen! In this episode, Alyssa & Brendane return to the game Defund Reform Abolish to think discuss and clarify (no pun intended) light skin privilege, the one-drop rule, and white passing. Our What's the (Unclear) Word segment covers the basics of Afropessimism, as well as the difference between economic Afro-pessimism vs Afro-optimism vs. Afrofuturism. In our What We're Reading segment, we discuss the essay "Black Feminist Theory for the Dead and Dying" by Patrice D. Douglass to understand how Black feminist theory and Afropessimism can come together to undo the theorizing of violence against Black women into non-being. Finally, we bring on fellow Daughter of Zora, Chloé Samala Faux, 5th year Anthropology PhD candidate at Columbia University, to help us delve deeper into Afropessmism and its critiques and get to the bottom of 'what is Black?" The conversation gets productive when we debate about whether Meghan Markle is Black, whether it's useful to consider her a non-Black woman of African descent, and the way partus sequitur ventrem (the law of slavery that says "that which is brought forth follows the womb") ultimately does and undoes her. Finally, we remember Breonna Taylor on the one year anniversary of her murder with a moment of silence. It's a long episode and we still didn't get to everything we wanted to talk about! By the time you're listening, Alyssa will be in the thick of her PhD qualifying exams - send good vibes and gifTs (though she loves gifs too)! Liked what you heard? Donate here! Discussed this week: Black Feminist Theory for the Dead and Dying (Patrice D. Douglass, 2018) Afro-Pessimism: The Unclear Word (Jared Sexton, 2016) Brendane's Feature on Savage x Fenty (2021) Prerequisites: Episode 2: Ain't I a Woman Episode 6: Deathcraft Country Episode 11: Not My Latinidad ZD Merch available here and the syllabus for ZD 102 is here! Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter! Transcript will be available on our website here.
61 minutes | 3 months ago
The Climate is Anti-Blackness
It's back to our regular programming with just Brendane and Alyssa getting deep into atmospheric anti-blackness, "natural" disasters, and the Texas Deep Freeze. Our What's the Word? is anti-blackness where we explain why the term racism doesn't fully capture the experiences of Black people in the diaspora and how Renaissance and Enlightenment philosophers finessed the category of human. For What We're Reading, we discuss the final chapter of Christina Sharpe's brilliant work In the Wake entitled "The Weather" and get into the importance of Black redaction and annotation in the wake of disaster. In our final segment, What in the World?! (see content warning below), we discuss the 1902 volcanic eruption of Mount Pelée in Martinique, Hurricane Katrina, the Texas Deep Freeze and why white people are so concerned about Ted Cruz leaving Man's best friend behind. We also address the calls for solidarity among increased anti-Asian violence - TL;DR: Bring the fight to the whites. CW: We discuss Black suffering as a result of state neglect (00:33:00). Liked what you heard? Donate here! Discussed this week: In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (Christina Sharpe, 2016) “Call It What It Is: Anti-Blackness” (kihana miraya ross, 2020) Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom: Towards the Human, After Man, Its Overrepresentation—An Argument (Sylvia Wynter, 2003) Alyssa on the Just Three Podcast (Center for the Study of Social Difference, 2021) ZD Merch available here and the syllabus for ZD 102 is here! Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter! Transcript will be available on our website here.
87 minutes | 3 months ago
On the Shoulders of Our Ancestors
In this episode, Alyssa and Brendane discuss our elders and ancestors of Black feminist anthropology with Associate Professor and President of the Association of Black Anthropologists, Dr. Riché J. Daniel Barnes! Dr. Barnes tells us about how she defines Black feminist anthropology, her journey to and through the discipline, who she thinks of as her unsung Black heroines, and offers advice for the next generation of Black feminist anthropologists. We discuss her book Raising the Race: Black Career Women Redefine Marriage, Motherhood and Community and talk about the importance of care and community in graduate school and academia widely. Liked what you heard? Donate here! Get involved with the Association for Black Anthropologists! Zora Neale Hurston Summer Virtual Institute Visit Dr. Barnes website here or follow her on Twitter. ZD Merch available here and the syllabus for ZD 102 is here! Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter! Transcript is available on our website here.
69 minutes | 4 months ago
Not My Latinidad
It's Black History 365 over here! We're back for Part II of the first season of the podcast keeping it "spicy" talking about racialization, DaniLeigh's problematic song "Yellow Bone," and the intersection of Latinidad with anti-blackness. Alyssa and Brendane explain Louis Althusser and interpellation, Frantz Fanon's "Lived Experience of the Black Man," and discuss an article about "Puerto Rican" youth in New Jersey "appropriating" "blackness" to demonstrate "urban competency," and its contribution to the erasure of actual factual Black people. Here's the kicker: it's the first text in the "What We're Reading" segment not written by a Black person. In our final segment, we chat with PhD candidate Daisy E. Guzman, one of the few Garifuna-Guatemalan women in academia, to dig deep into Latinidad, thinking blackness as indigenous, and proclaim that folks are not "white passing" they are white! Liked what you heard? Donate here! Discussed in this episode: The Invention of Race (Throughline Podcast, NPR, 2020) "Becoming American, becoming black? Urban competency, racialized spaces, and the politics of citizenship among Brazilian and Puerto Rican youth in Newark" (Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas, 2007) The Lived Experience of the Black Man (Frantz Fanon, 2008 ) Colorist Clown Culture-Vultures (MayowasWorld, 2021) Transcript is available on our website here. Be sure to check out our Spotify Playlist for ZD 101 curated with our first discussion section group! ZD Merch available here and the syllabus for ZD 102 is here! Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter!
3 minutes | 4 months ago
We Black, We Black, and We On the Track!
We're back! Next week marks the start of ZD 102, the second "semester" of our first season of the podcast! From February to July, we'll be dropping bi-weekly episodes that will continue to challenge and inform. It'll be everything you loved about the first semester, but a little extra because Alyssa and Brendane are where the money reside! Speak soon! Shop ZD Swag here!
69 minutes | 5 months ago
The Square Root of Impossible is Black Girls
It's our last episode of the ZD Semester! In keeping with the season, Alyssa and Brendane discuss #BlackGirlMagic via the popular Netflix holiday movie Jingle Jangle (SPOILERS)! We discuss the origins of the phrase via CaShawn Thompson and her coinage of the hashtag Black Girls ARE Magic and how it is both celebration of Black women and girls making a way out of no way and critique of a society determined to leave us behind. We read Savannah Shange's incredible essay "Black Girl Ordinary" which teaches us to celebrate the everyday achievements of everyday Black girls. Then, we deep dive into the wonderful world of Journey Jangle - is she really the epitome of the carefree Black girl or is she just another mule for the uplift of a Black man? Listen and find out! Finally, we discuss the problems with Black women having to "save" American democracy - AGAIN. Listen all the way through for a little surprise that will help you in our book giveaway! Discussed in this episode: “Black Girl Ordinary: Flesh, Carcerality, and the Refusal of Ethnography” (Savannah Shange, 2019) Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (Monique W. Morris, 2016) [Feature length documentary] "Plantation Futures" (Katherine McKittrick, 2013) Jingle Jangle (Netflix, 2020) Liked what you heard? Donate here! Transcript is available on our website here. Be sure to check out the Syllabus for Zora's Daughters 100 - no prerequisites needed! Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter!
84 minutes | 6 months ago
In this episode, Brendane and Alyssa tackle a fraught subject in the Black community: colorism. We discuss the paper bag test, dating "loophole" women for ascendance vs. unambiguously Black women to legitimize one's blackness. In our What We're Reading segment, we bring things full circle with Alice Walker's essay where she coins the term colorism, addresses why talking about colorism in relationships (platonic and romantic) is political, and the way she gathers all y'all faves! In our What in the World?! segment, we discuss interracial relationships IRL and on TV, Blackish Love on OWN, Jessica Krug and the fetishization of light-skinned women and Latinx identity in academia, "racial ambiguity," skin bleaching, and the image "That Little Girl Was Me" that depicted Kamala Harris walking with the shadow of Ruby Bridges. Hold on to your seats, friends, because things get HOT! Liked what you heard? Donate here! Discussed in this episode: Dark Girls (2011) and Dark Girls 2 (2020) Here Comes the Sun (Nicole Dennis-Benn, 2016) Black Love (Oprah Winfrey Network, 2020) Transcript is available on our website here. Be sure to check out the Syllabus for Zora's Daughters 100 - no prerequisites needed! Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter!
117 minutes | 6 months ago
The Black Liberal Agenda
It seems we REALLY missed y'all because it's a long episode! Today we talked neoliberalism and waiting for Biden to make it rain with stimmy checks, Black political strategies and women's participation in political movements through the work of anthropologist Leith Mullings, Alyssa explains for 6 whole ass minutes why Canada the "cultural mosaic" isn't the nice post-racial oasis the country's PR team would have you think, why Black capitalism AKA buying Black won't free us, and why Barack Obama is the quintessential Black liberal. We get into Black liberalism and their abolition-ish ways of watering down Black radical politics, what being cancelled really means, and how Black masc & gender non-conforming folks are harmfully impacted by REAL cancel culture. Finally, Brendane tells us more about abolitionist politics, why we weren't begging y'all to vote like most of your other faves, and how Black folks are already practicing abolition. Liked what you heard? Donate here! Discussed this week: Mapping Gender in African-American Political Strategies (Leith Mullings, 1997) Parable of the Sower (Octavia E. Butler, 1993) The Book of Negroes (Lawrence Hill, 2007) (miniseries) Life and Debt (Stephanie Black, 2001) Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and Gender Abstractions (Joy James, 1996) Let's Talk About Kamala Harris (NPR Code Switch, 2020) To learn more about abolition in all its forms, check out the website launched by Mariame Kaba: Transform Harm Transcript is available on our website here. Be sure to check out the Syllabus for Zora's Daughters 100 - no prerequisites needed! Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter!
13 minutes | 7 months ago
Bonus: The Lost Tapes, Pt. I
Brendane and Alyssa are on Fall Break this week! We'll be back on November 11 with a brand-new episode; in the meantime, listen to our full review of You Belong to Me: Sex, Race, and Murder in the South (2014) and the way the documentary perpetuates the same issue of silencing Black women it purports to solve. CW: sexual abuse, victim blaming, intimate partner violence. If you'd like more of your fix of Zora's Daughters, check us out on Field Initiatives' Field Stories where we discuss being Black women in our research fields and the field of anthropology! Thanks for your support, and if you liked what you heard please donate here! Don't forget to follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter. Speak soon!
95 minutes | 7 months ago
Holy is the Black Woman
It's all about God's greatest hits today! Alyssa and Brendane kick off the episode with 'Defund Reform Abolish,' before getting into the colonial and religious history and use of the word diaspora. They debate whether the Jamaican immigrant community is a diaspora and get into some African diaspora religions before moving on to the text of the week: Transcendent Kingdom (2020) by Yaa Gyasi, the story of a PhD student dealing with grief, mental illness, and faith - it definitely elicited some strong feelings! Finally, we reveal who the blockheaded dude Brendane was talking about in the last episode and discuss the high - and problematic - standards women must meet in the church. Stay tuned to the end for another little behind-the-scenes of ZD! Liked what you heard? Donate here! Discussed this week: Transcendent Kingdom (Yaa Gyasi, 2020) The Myth of the Negro Past (Melville J. Herskovits, 1941) European Immigrants in the United States in 2014 (Migration Policy Institute, 2015) Transcript is available on our website here. Be sure to check out the Syllabus for Zora's Daughters 100 - no prerequisites needed! Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter!
84 minutes | 8 months ago
In today's episode, Alyssa and Brendane explain why we chose 'Daughters', play a new game called "Defund Reform Abolish," and unpack Achille Mbembe's concept of necropolitics in conversation with Angela Davis' brilliant essay “Racism, Birth Control and Reproductive Rights” who helps us contextualizes the history of birth control movements and eugenics. In our What in the World?! segment, we ask What in the Jordan Peele?! is up with the mass hysterectomies in ICE detention, the erasure of Black immigrants from the immigration outrage, and the neo-Malthusian rhetoric surrounding COVID-19 as a solution to overpopulation and climate change. Plus, we get a little off-topic and start talking about 90 Day Fiance. Discussed this week: Racism, Birth Control and Reproductive Rights (Angela Davis, 1983) Necropolitics (Achille Mbembe, 2003) Whistleblower Alleges 'Medical Neglect,' Questionable Hysterectomies Of ICE Detainees (NPR, 2020) World's richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50% (The Guardian, 2020) Transcript is available on our website here. Be sure to check out the Syllabus for Zora's Daughters 100! Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter!
92 minutes | 8 months ago
Lorde Take the Wheel
In today's episode, Brendane and Alyssa are doing the Lorde's work! We talk ideal care packages, the history of the fetish (wassup Freud, Marx, and problematic anthropologists!) and contemporary racial/sexual fetishization, the invisibility and hypervisibility of Black women, honor Audre Lorde's Transformation of Silence into Language and Action, PLUS a ZD first: a guest! In our What in the World?! segment, we discuss the sexual harassment allegations in Harvard's anthropology department and speak with Harvard Anthropology PhD candidate Chrystel Oloukoï about the double-edged sword of institutional whisper networks and how misogynoir excludes Black women from the "safety" of these networks. P.S. Tune in until the end for a little surprise! Liked what you heard? Donate here! Discussed this week: The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action (Audre Lorde, 1978) How Do We Listen to the Living? (Brendane Tynes, 2020) You Belong to Me: Sex, Race and Murder in the South (John Cork, 2014) Summertime Selves (On Professionalization) (Nick Mitchell, 2019) The Patron (Nell Gluckman, 2020) Protected by Decades-Old Power Structures, Three Renowned Harvard Anthropologists Face Allegations of Sexual Harassment (James S. Bikales, 2020) Transcript is available on our website here. Be sure to check out the Syllabus for Zora's Daughters 100! Follow us @zorasdaughters on Instagram and @zoras_daughters on Twitter!
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