In this innovative dialogue, Gabrielle Civil and Zetta Elliott consider how their work inside and outside of the academy “opens up space” for Black girls in the United States and throughout the African diaspora. In her performance art and curation, Civil activates the presence and absence of diasporic Black girls and celebrates their creative potential. In her books for young readers, Elliott disrupts literary conventions by centering Black girl protagonists and using the fantasy genre not for escape but empowerment. Linking the critical and creative, this dialogue showcases reflection and embodied knowledge of Black girls and women.
Opening Up Space for Global Black Girls: A Dialogue Between Gabrielle Civil and Zetta Elliott
Gabrielle Civil is Laura C. Harris Scholar-in-Residence at Denison University in Granville, OH. A Black feminist poet, conceptual and performance artist, originally from Detroit, MI, she is the author of Swallow the Fish (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2017), a memoir in performance art. The aim of her work is to open up space. www.gabriellecivilartist.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zetta Elliott is a Black feminist writer and educator, originally from Toronto, ON. She is the author of 25 books for young readers and is an advocate for greater diversity/equity in publishing.www.zettaelliott.com. Email: email@example.com.
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Gabrielle Civil, Zetta Elliott; Opening Up Space for Global Black Girls: A Dialogue Between Gabrielle Civil and Zetta Elliott. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2017; 6 (3): 11–33. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2017.6.3.11
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