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Speaker Dr. Mingwei Huang

In the new millennium, the storied return of the People’s Republic of China to the African continent and African migration to China have engendered novel configurations of global racial capitalism and empire. With new flows between China and South Africa also come new encounters, desires, and anxieties and changing ideas about racial Blackness, Chineseness, and whiteness. In this talk, Dr. Huang draws on ethnographic fieldwork on Chinese migration to South Africa to consider Han Chinese racial formations and anti-Black racism through intimacies, proximities, gender, and sexuality.

Congratulations Matthew!

Led by WGS affiliates David Getsy and Cole Rizki, the working group will “have two main foci: first, to discuss the role of global history within transgender studies and, second, to encourage development of curricular and research activities in transgender studies at the University of Virginia. The working group will engage in research exchanges among members and develop public-facing programs in Spring 2023 to incite interdepartmental and interdisciplinary conversations.”

Mikki Kendall in Conversation with the Women’s Center

Mikki Kendall in conversation with the Women’s Center

Come hear Mikki Kendall, author of Hood Feminism and Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights, and her inspirational message on why we can't wait to meet the basic survival needs of everyone. In reminding us that food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues, she issues a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists to live out true community care of all.


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In the News

WGS is pleased to announce that we have been awarded significant new support from one of our founding donors. We are very grateful for this donation, which was made “in acknowledgment of amazing achievements and to support continued growth.”


November 7, 2022

Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship

Review of applications will begin January 16, 2023.

Please join the WGS Department in congratulating Professor Corinne Field on the release of her latest book, The Global History of Black Girlhood.