BLOGROLL: Figueroa on the Present Past of Colonialism

Yomaira C. Figueroa writes: "i am called again now. in the wake of huracán maria which has wreaked havoc on our island whose infrastructure was so weak it could only be by design. there was a crisis before this crisis. there was a want before the need and a need before that. we the reaped … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Figueroa on the Present Past of Colonialism

ARTICLES: Connolly and Fuentes Co-Edit Special Issue on Archives of Slavery

Scholars of slavery engage history, archives, Saidiya Hartman, and violence, in a recent History of the Present. From the introduction by Brian Connolly and Marisa Fuentes: "This special issue of the journal asks how the violence of the archives of slavery contributes to the production of a history of our present. What is at stake in … Continue reading ARTICLES: Connolly and Fuentes Co-Edit Special Issue on Archives of Slavery

VIDEO: In the Wake: A Salon in Honor of Christina Sharpe on Vimeo

Featuring Christina Sharpe, Hazel Carby, Kaiama Glover, Saidiya Hartman, Arthur Jafa, and Alex Weheliye. Christina Sharpe’s paradigm shifting new work, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, interrogates literary, visual, cinematic, and quotidian representations of Black life that comprise what she calls the “orthography of the wake.” Invoking the multiple meanings of the term “wake”—the … Continue reading VIDEO: In the Wake: A Salon in Honor of Christina Sharpe on Vimeo

BLOGROLL: Morford on Undoing the Colonial Myth of “Firsting” | NiCHE

Ashley Caranto Morford on de-firsting and the CHESS 2017 Summer School: "It’s not only that Devine’s map defaces and reclaims the colonial space of the gallery that makes Battle for the Woodlands such an empowering tool for and of de-firsting — it is also that this piece is literally painted overtop a nineteenth-century colonial map of Canada, … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Morford on Undoing the Colonial Myth of “Firsting” | NiCHE

INTERVIEW: On Slavery, Césaire, and Relating to the World: An Interview with Patrick Chamoiseau

McCusker, Maeve. “On Slavery, Césaire, and Relating to the World: An Interview with Patrick Chamoiseau.” Small Axe 13, no. 3 30 (November 1, 2009): 74–83. A 2008 interview with Patrick Chamoiseau as reprinted in Small Axe: "In an interview which took place in the Maison Française, Oxford, on 10 May 2008, the day instituted by … Continue reading INTERVIEW: On Slavery, Césaire, and Relating to the World: An Interview with Patrick Chamoiseau

BOOK: Woodard on Human Consumption and Homoeroticism in U.S. Slave Culture

Vincent Woodard, The Delectable Negro: Human Consumption and Homoeroticism within US Slave Culture. NYU Press, 2014. via NYU Press: "Scholars of US and transatlantic slavery have largely ignored or dismissed accusations that Black Americans were cannibalized. Vincent Woodard takes the enslaved person’s claims of human consumption seriously, focusing on both the literal starvation of the … Continue reading BOOK: Woodard on Human Consumption and Homoeroticism in U.S. Slave Culture

DIGITAL: Brown on Slavery’s History in the Age of the Database

Vincent Brown discusses slavery and the database at Duke University: 'By responding creatively to the archival challenges presented by the social history of slavery, Harvard Professor Vincent Brown hopes to inspire new conversations about the inheritance of loss and the legacy of struggle. This presentation considers three graphic histories: an animated visualization of Voyages: The … Continue reading DIGITAL: Brown on Slavery’s History in the Age of the Database

Morgan on Thinking with Black Marxism | @AAIHS

Jennifer Morgan discusses Cedric Robinson's work on Black Marxism and its relationship to histories of slavery at AAIHS: "Robinson’s work on the early Modern black Atlantic (though he didn’t name it as such) is a crucial provocation to contemporary scholars—and one that is, to some degree, being taken up. In the past ten years, the … Continue reading Morgan on Thinking with Black Marxism | @AAIHS

AWARD: Browne Wins 2016 Surveillance Book Prize

 #ADPHD congratulates Simone Browne on winning the 2016 Best Book Prize from the Surveillance Studies Network: For 2016, for the best book published in the calendar year 2015, the winning book is Browne, Simone. 2015. Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness. Durham: Duke University Press. The committee found that Browne’s book stood out for the … Continue reading AWARD: Browne Wins 2016 Surveillance Book Prize

BOOK: Roberts on Freedom as Marronage

Neil Roberts, Freedom as Marronage. University of Chicago Press, 2015. via University of Chicago Press: "What is the opposite of freedom? In Freedom as Marronage, Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he unveils powerful new insights on the human condition as it has been understood between these poles. Crucial … Continue reading BOOK: Roberts on Freedom as Marronage