"Encounters with Early Black Radicalism" at the American Studies Association 2020 Meeting

deadline for submissions: 
January 24, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Tim Bruno
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Call for Papers:

"Encounters with Early Black Radicalism"

American Studies Association

2020 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD, USA

As scholars Julius Scott and Kellie Carter Jackson have shown, the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries were periods of vibrant Black radicalism. But what happened as rebellious ideas spread in the print realm? This panel invites papers on the often surprising encounters with early Black radical thought in the Americas with the understanding that “radical” can be defined in a number of ways and that it took various forms. Likewise, an encounter could be public or private, sensational or mundane, incidental or strategic, etc. The organizers hope to attend to the transmission, reception, recirculation, and cultural (after)life of Black-authored texts in the 1700s and 1800s. Panelists might address how the Black Radical Tradition, as theorized by Cedric Robinson, found cultural expression; or how ideas came into being as material objects; or how white readers responded when encountering Black radical thought. Organizers intend to put forward a panel of diverse personal identities, institutional ranks and affiliations, and scholarly methodologies.

This panel will be proposed for the 2020 meeting of the American Studies Association. Please send an abstract of 300 words and a short biographical statement to Dr. Tim Bruno at tbruno@howardcc.edu by January 24th, 2020 in order to be considered. The complete panel will then be submitted for consideration to the ASA review committee by February 1st. All panelists must be registered members of ASA by the time of panel submission. The 2020 meeting will take place from November 12th to the 15th in Baltimore. For more information, visit https://www.theasa.net/node/293.