Dominique Young: Conference Presentaions and Upcoming Publications

September 5, 2019

Dominique Young, a fourth year PhD Student in the English Department, has several past and forthcoming projects.

In spring 2019, Dominique’s paper, ““De Prince Will Now Have De Strength of De Blek Pentha Stripped Eweh”: Reading Disability and Queerness in Killmonger,” was selected for presentation at the Clark Atlanta University’s Wakanda University Symposium. At this symposium, Dominique won the “Outstanding Graduate Researcher” award for her presentation. In addition, this paper is expected to be published by Lexington Books in the Black Panther: Afro-Futurism, Gender, Identity and the Re-Making of Blackness volume in summer 2020.

Dominique’s book reviews of Soyica Diggs Colbert’s Black Movements and Imani Perry’s May We Forever Stand will be published in September in the Women’s Studies journal and November in the Langston Hughes Review, respectively.

This Fall, Dominique will present papers on the seminal 1996 film, Set It Off, at two conferences: the 2019 Annual National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) conference and the 2019 Annual Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) conference. Her NWSA paper, “Black Women’s Visual and Affective Witnessing As Catalysts to State Resistance in Set It Off,” argues that specific instances of black women’s visual and affective witnessing of US State violence in the film reify their marginality and serve as catalysts to their mobilized resistance via bank heists. Her MAPACA paper, ““Look, We Just Takin’ Away From A System That’s F****** Us All Anyway”: Black Women Resisting the U.S. Neoliberal State in Set It Off,” explores how black women confront the Neoliberal US State in the film, and she situates the women’s resistance in popular cinematic representations of the Black Revolutionary Woman. Both papers are related in that they argue that the film suggests that black women’s futurity is located in a geopolitical space outside of US borders.

Finally, Dominique’s latest project is an essay that centers a popular neo-soul music video from the 1990s. In this preliminary project, she explores how the socio-historical meaning of the black male body, the influences of the black church, and (heterosexual) black women’s desires are all at play in the video. In addition, she critically engages popular perceptions of the black male body in relation to black women’s desires, and explores how these perceptions simultaneously illuminate the video’s political potential for both black men and women, and limit the performative possibilities for black male artists.