The Rebellious Postbellum

deadline for submissions: 
August 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Tim Bruno / C19
contact email: 

The Rebellious Postbellum

Scholars of the nineteenth century and after have long argued for the persistence, despite the official end of chattel slavery, of what Douglas Blackmon called “slavery by another name.” Can we speak, then, of “enslaved rebellion” by another name? This proposed panel seeks to explore rebellious acts and texts, broadly construed, by Black Americans after 1865. As white supremacy's regime took new shape in the postbellum period, how did Black resistance to oppression reshape itself? What new militancies emerged alongside or against the partial hope of Black men's suffrage? How have Black women's militancies become obscured due to gendered archival logics and practices? And how did the image of the enslaved rebel live on—or not? Presentations may address these questions or other related topics, including radical print culture, so-called riots, Black nationalism, Black socialism, anti-Klan defense, and movement organizing.


The 2020 C19 Conference will be held from April 2nd to 5th in Coral Gables, Florida. Please send 300 word abstracts and CVs to Tim Bruno ( by August 15th. The panel is intended to highlight the work of scholars of diverse identities and institutional statuses, including people of color; women, trans, and non-binary people; adjuncts, graduate students, and independent scholars; and others marginalized in academia.

A note on the panel organizer: Tim Bruno holds a PhD in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. He specializes in American and African American literatures of the long nineteenth century, with research and teaching interests in the literature of revolts, riots, and conspiracies; protest literature; prison studies and education; critical race studies; and composition. His scholarly writing has appeared in ESQ and Journal of American Studies. He currently teaches literature and writing classes at the University of Maryland, College Park, Howard Community College, and the Goucher Prison Education Partnership.

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