Black Studies and Romanticism – A Virtual Conference – June 24-25th, 2021
Mount Holyoke College
Hortense Spillers suggests that a new “grammar” for thinking and instigating Black liberation from white history is necessary. With this conference we offer a platform, one virtual but intimate, for people interested in seeking what new grammars we in the eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and present centuries need to learn from Black Studies in our period-bound disciplines. Our hope for the conference is that it will address the white power structures that support anti-blackness in the larger world and in the field of Romanticism very broadly understood. Romanticism entails a history of promised but failed revolutions, a history that terrorizes as much as it transforms. While the field has long been shaped by histories and discourses of whiteness and patriarchy, this conference avows and solicits new and ongoing scholarship on race, anti-slavery, abolition, and indigeneity.
In the spirit of Moten’s Undercommons, the organizers have arranged a keynote address and two plenary collaborations.
Keynote- Zakiyyah Iman Jackson (University of Southern California)
Plenary 1: Citation, Appropriation, and Abolition- Eugenia Zuroski, Kerry Sinanan, Matt Sandler
Plenary 2: Black Studies In and Around Romanticism- Bakary Diaby, Annette Joseph-Gabriel, Nicole N. Aljoe
To access the full program and registration link, visit the conference website