From 2014, Paul Watkins interviews M. NourbeSe Philip on history, memory, slavery, and the archive: "M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong! riffs on the legal document from the King’s Bench hearing. The legal account is one version of what happened, a happening couched in official language that Philip gradually dislodges through the poetic excavation and untelling of … Continue reading BLOGROLL: “We Can Never Tell the Entire Story of Slavery: In Conversation” An Interview with M. NourbeSe Philip
Johnson writes: "What do historians of the earlier period do when dealing with black diasporic subjects laboring and living in a world of ideas, philosophies, and cosmologies but largely without alphanumeric texts? Does this black intellectual production only start becoming intellectual history when texts written by people of African descent begin to appear? What new possibilities for intellectual work open when the enslaved and the period of slavery become central?"