Uncovering a performative black feminist wayfinding

Nicole M. Brown, Lisa Fay

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter presents the authors’ collaborative experiment in wayfinding across the disciplines of sociology, gender and women’s studies, computer science, and theatre. Nicole is a black, female-identified sociologist and Lisa is a white, female-identified theatre artist. While exploring ensemble theatre work using a black feminist methodology, we found ourselves connecting as symbiotic wayfarers. The main tenets of black feminism that ground this work include the basic premise that if we all are not free, none of us are free (Smith, 1978; hooks, 2000). Our guiding theoretical framework also acknowledges that black women at the intersections of race and gender have a unique standpoint with which to understand and interrogate oppressive systems (Crenshaw, 1989; Collins, 2000).
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWayfinding and Critical Autoethnography
EditorsFetaui Iosefo, Stacy Holman Jones, Anne Harris
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781000220384
ISBN (Print)9780367343828, 9780367343798
StatePublished - Nov 6 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameInternational Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) Foundations and Futures in Qualitative Inquiry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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