Brown Bag Presentation featuring Dr. Denise Noble - “Re-Memorying Through British Caribbean Women’s ‘Domestic Arts’” Friday, April 17, 2015

April 6, 2015
British Caribbean Women’s ‘Domestic Arts’

The Department of African American and African Studies is pleased to announce the Brown Bag Presentation featuring AAAS Faculty Member, Dr. Denise Noble. The talk is entitled, “Re-Memorying Through British Caribbean Women’s ‘Domestic Arts’”. The talk is scheduled for Friday, 4/17/2015 from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM and will be held in the AAAS Conference Room (386B University Hall). For more information please contact, Dr. Devin Fergus at or the Department of African American and African Studies at 292-3700.

(Forthcoming in Textile Journal Special African Diasporas Issue, guest editor Christine Checinska, 2015)
This talk first explores the layers of meaning woven into the intricate and colourful doilies handcrafted by Caribbean women immigrants to Britain in the 1950’s and 60’s, revealing the importance of these everyday material objects in Caribbean immigrant women’s critical practices of self-making in an often hostile racist environment. As the child of one of this generation of women, I then proceed to re-use these objects in my own critical re-reading and rememorying scholarly practices, revealing the complex intersections and ambiguities of gender, race, class, nation that trace the colonial 'double-articulations' of the post World War 2 politics and histories of ‘women’s work’ in Britain and its Caribbean territories.