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Antiracism: Research • Teaching • Public Engagement

The Center for Literary and Comparative Studies is sponsoring a year-long linked series of events, "Antiracism: Research • Teaching • Public Engagement," that support and act upon the statements of solidarity for Black Lives Matter issued by the Department, College, and University.

Drawing upon the flexibility of the virtual environment—all of our programming in AY 20-21 will be virtual—we are committed to supporting the work of emerging, early-, and mid-career scholars and teachers, with a particular emphasis on welcoming BIPOC and BAME scholars and teachers in the US and abroad. We envisage that these events will draw audiences from the University of Maryland and beyond. Our intention is to contribute to the development of antiracist scholarship and pedagogy, and to offer public engagement with our various communities beyond campus in the service of promoting antiracism in all its forms. We are also committed to making these events accessible.

Our series is co-sponsored by the University Libraries, the Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion and The Graduate School.

"Where Do You Know From? Antiracist Pedagogies"

Eugenia Zuroski (McMaster University, Canada) and Aisha Wilks (McMaster University) discuss Antiracist pedagogies, beginning with Zuroski’s essay, "'Where Do You Know From?': An Exercise in Placing Ourselves Together in the Classroom."

August 24

"Invisible Bondage: The Other Side of Working on Shakespeare and Race in the Age of Covid-19"

David Sterling Brown (Binghamton University, SUNY) in conversation with Arthur Little (UCLA).

September 8

"Roundtable on Indigenous Studies and British Literatures"

Roundtable on Indigenous Studies and British Literatures with Dr. Nikki Hessell (Te Herenga Waka [Victoria University of Wellington]) and Dr. Robbie Richardson (Princeton University). Moderated by Dr. Megan Peiser (Oakland University; Tribal Affiliation: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma).

September 17

Africana/Black Studies Colloquium Webinar

The Center's Antiracism Series is honored to host the Africana/Black Studies Colloquium's inaugural webinar, "African American Studies Now."

September 30

"Victor LaValle & Kian Kelley-Chung (UMD BA ’19): A Conversation"

Author Victor LaValle discusses storytelling with UMD alum Kian Kelley-Chung.

October 8

"Race Beyond Representation"

Christine Goding-Doty (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) with Tung-Hui Hu (University of Michigan).

October 12

"Fictions of Black Childhood"

Dr. Nicole King (Goldsmiths, University of London) in conversation with Professor Kandice Chuh (CUNY/The Graduate Center).

October 22


Africana/Black Studies Colloquium: Book Launch

The Center's Antiracism Series is honored to host the Africana/Black Studies Colloquium's inaugural book launch for GerShun Aviliez's Black Queer Freedom.

October 26

"Why Black Lives Matter in the Humanities"

Felice Blake (University of California, Santa Barbara) to discuss her essays with Alison Reed (Old Dominion University).

October 28

African American Language, Black Women, & the Teaching of Writing

Dr. Brittany Hull (Stanford University) in conversation with Dr. Temptaous Mckoy (Bowie State University) about Hull’s scholarship on the use of African American Language by Black women who are teaching writing.

November 11

Roundtable: Centering Black Stories in Archives

A discussion with Aleia Brown (Assistant Director African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities), Joni Floyd (University of Maryland), Lae’l Hughes-Watkins (University of Maryland), and Zita Nunes (University of Maryland). Introductory remarks will be made by Adriene Lim (University of Maryland).

November 16

Antiracist Bookwork

Hosted by BookLab, book artist and printer Tia Blassingame (Scripps College and Primrose Press) will be in conversation with Curtis Small, Jr. (University of Delaware).

December 1

"Race in Science and the Humanities"

A conversation with Josie Gill (University of Bristol, UK) and Michell Chresfield (University of Birmingham).

January 27, 2021

Resistance in the Materials: A Gathering of Printers Pressing for Change

BookLab and the CLCS Antiracism Series, in conjunction with the Santa Clara University Center for the Arts and Humanities, sponsor a two day event series.

February 25-26, 2021

"Little Intimacies: Race and Oceanic Migration in Minority US Fiction" [Work-In-Progress]

A discussion with Dr. Emily Yoon Perez, UMD PhD 2018; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of English, University of Maryland.

March 11, 2021

"Citational Practices and New Directions in the Long Eighteenth Century: A Conversation"

Bikary Diaby (Skidmore College) in conversation with Professor Kristina Huang (University of Wisconsin).

March 25, 2021

"Intimacies and Disaffection: A Conversation about Antiracism, Politics, and Affect"

Dr. Christine "Xine" Yao (University College London) in conversation with Lisa Lowe (Yale University).

April 1, 2021


Tita Chico

Professor, English

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Karen Nelson

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