Dollars and Desire: Capitalism, Oppression, and the Racial Other

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The history of the commodification of Black bodies within a global context has been central to the Afro-diasporic experience. While in conversation with the Transatlantic Slave Trade and colonization; contemporary scholarship grapples with what it is to interrogate the consumption of Black bodies. Working from the perspective of Blackness and commodification in Black Looks: Race and Representation, bell hooks argues that the "contemporary commodification of Black culture by whites in no way challenges white supremacy when it takes the form of making Blackness the 'spice' that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture" (14). For instance, Aphra Behn's Oroonoko is a discourse that tackles the rise of capitalism as a replacement of sovereignty. The novel uses the consumption of black bodies by depicting the Transatlantic Slave trade as a way to discuss the political economic shift from a feudal to a capitalist model of governance. Although Behn's novel was published in the late 17th century, her work interrogates the notion of the consumption of black bodies.
This panel invites papers on representations of race and capitalism and is not limited to a particular time period or discipline.

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This panel will explore the history of the commodification of Black bodies within a global context. While in conversation with the Transatlantic Slave Trade and colonization; contemporary scholarship grapples with what it is to interrogate the consumption of Black bodies. This panel invites papers on the representation of race and capitalism and is not limited to a particular time period or discipline.

Submit abstracts to: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15750

ABSTRACTS ARE DUE VIA NeMLA CFP online submission database on or Before September 15, 2015