Julius Fleming, Jr.
Julius B. Fleming, Jr. earned a doctorate in English, and a graduate certificate in Africana studies, from the University of Pennsylvania. Specializing in Afro-Diasporic literatures and cultures, he has particular interests in performance studies, black political culture, diaspora, and colonialism, especially where they intersect with race, gender, and sexuality. Professor Fleming is currently completing his first book manuscript, entitled "Black Patience: Performance, Civil Rights, and the Refusal to Wait for Freedom," under contract with New York University Press. This project reconsiders the Civil Rights Movement from the perspective of black theatre, while examining the importance of time and affect to the making of the modern racial order. Analyzing a largely unexplored, transnational archive of black theatre, it demonstrates how black artists and activists used theatre and performance to unsettle the demands of a violent racial project he terms “black patience.” From the slave castle to the hold of the slave ship, from the auction block to commands to “go slow” in fighting segregation, black people have historically been forced to wait, coerced into performing patience. This books argues that during the Civil Rights Movement, black people’s cries for “freedom now”--at the lunch counter, in the streets, and importantly on the theatrical stage--disturbed the historical praxis of using black patience to manufacture and preserve anti-blackness and white supremacy.
Professor Fleming is also beginning work on a second book project that explores the new geographies of colonial expansion and their impact on Afro-diasporic literary and cultural production.
His work appears in American Literature, American Literary History, Callaloo, The James Baldwin Review, and The Southern Quarterly. Having served as Associate Editor of Callaloo, Professor Fleming is currently serving as Associate Editor of Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society. He has been awarded fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the University of Virginia's Carter G. Woodson Institute, the Social Science Research Council, and the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University.
Foerster Prize for Best Essay of the Year
“Julius B. Fleming Jr. assembles a wide-ranging and unique archive to theorize what he terms ‘black patience,’ a concept whose contours, uses, and misuses he traces with meticulous care and bold insight.
Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar Award
Outgoing post-doctoral fellow, Julius Fleming, has been named the 2018 Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar, by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
African Diaspora Emerging Scholar Award
The CIES panel of judges praised Fleming for his “creativity, inventiveness and vision” and noted his "commitment to mentorship and diversifying the academic realm."
“Transforming Geographies of Black Time: How the Free Southern Theater Used the Plantation for Civil Rights Activism.”
This essay examines the cultural and political work of the Free Southern Theater, specifically how this company used plantations, porches, and cotton fields in order to build a radical black southern theater in the civil rights movement.
“Shattering Black Flesh: Black Intellectual Writing in the Age of Ferguson.”
This essay argues for the logic of radical proximity as a vital methodology for black intellectual writing in the “Age of Ferguson.”
“A Poet’s Search for Black Humanism: Requiem for Alvin Bernard Aubert.”
On January 7, 2014, black poet, playwright, short story writer, editor, and literary critic Alvin Aubert made his final transition, just two days before the passing of our beloved Amiri Baraka.
“‘Living Proof of Something So Terrible’: Pearl Cleage’s Bourbon at the Border and the Politics of Civil Rights History and Memory.”
In this timely and dynamic collection of essays, Laura Dubek brings together a diverse group of scholars to explore the literary response to the most significant social movement of the twentieth century.