Worcester State University Philosophy Professor Kristin Waters

Waters Presents Papers on Feminist Theorist Maria Stewart

March 21, 2016
By: Worcester State University News

Kristin Waters (Philosophy) has presented a series of papers this year related to her larger project, a biography of pioneering black feminist theorist Maria W. Stewart. Active in Boston in the 1830s, Stewart is considered to be the first African American woman political thinker to address the public and write for publication.

Last October, Waters read from a chapter of her book at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. In November, she presented at a conference, Philosophy Born of Struggle, at the University of Connecticut. Her talk was titled “Dismantling Ignorance: The Persuasive Powers of David Walker and Maria W. Stewart.” In its third decade, this group is the longest-standing in its field to address issues in Africana Philosophy. In March, she attended the inaugural conference of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she presented “Maria W. Stewart and Black Revolutionary Liberalism.”

She has been invited to write an essay for a special issue in Departures in Critical Qualitative Research titled “Cultivating Promise and Possibility: Black Feminist Thought as an Innovative, Interdisciplinary, and International Framework.” In June, she will participate in the Black Europe Summer School in Amsterdam to continue her studies about trans-Atlantic connections in the nineteenth-century African diaspora.

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