‘Slave – Citizen – Human’

‘Slave – Citizen – Human’
Graduate Student Colloquium on Slavery 

October 18 & 19, 2013
Sharpe Refectory, Chancellor's Dining Room
144 Thayer Street
Please enter through the gates on George Street
Free and Open to the Public

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, the Brown University Graduate School, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, the Departments of Africana Studies and Modern Culture Media, and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs in the Division of Biology of Medicine.


Friday October 18, 2013
9:00: Welcome, Prof. Anthony Bogues 

10:00-11:15:   Roundtable 1:  Faculty Moderator: B. Anthony Bogues Brown University

1.     Renee Neely Simmons College

a.     “How Archives Shape our Collective Memory as seen in the 1936-1938 Federal Writers' Project Collection of Slave Narratives”

2.     Khaliah Mangrum University of Michigan

a.     “In a Better Light: Photography, Mourning and the Construction of Citizens in Elizabeth Keckley's Behind the Scenes”


02:15-03:30    Roundtable 2:  Faculty Moderator:  TBD

1.     Christopher Dingwall  University of Chicago

a.     “Reanimating Slavery: Mechanical Toys, Human Machines, and the Play of Race”

2.     Michael Sawyer Brown University

a.     “Fanon’s Theory of the Subject as an Interpretative Methodology for Reimagining Rebellion, Revolt and Revolution”

03:45-05:00   Roundtable 3:  Faculty Moderator:  John Bodel Brown University

1.     Mik Larsen UCLA

a.     “Sordid Plebs and Dissonant Slaves: Elite portraits of slavery, class, and labor in Imperial Rome”

2.     Katharine P.D. Huemoeller Princeton University

a.     “Servo stuprato: Slavery, rape, and personhood in Roman law”


Saturday October 19, 2013

10:00-11:15:    Roundtable 1:  Faculty Moderator: Seth Rockman Brown University

1.     Isadora Mota Brown University

a.     “Reading About Freedom: Literacy, Slave Protest and the Impact of the U.S. Civil War in Brazil”

2.     Stella Vincenot  New York University and EHESS

a.     “Ennobling Former Slaves: The Democratization of Honor in Post-emancipation French Caribbean (1865-1900)”


01:00-02:15:    Rountable 2:  Faculty Moderator:  Patricia Lott Brown University

1.     Evelyn Amponsah   York University

a.     “Slavery, subjectivity and Re-Membering it All”

2.     Robert P. Murray University of Kentucky

a.     “Bodies in Motion: The Trade in Black Cadavers & America's First African-American Physicians”

02:30-03:45:    Roundtable 3:  Faculty Moderator: Adam Irish Wheaton College

1.     Frank Martin University of South Carolina

a.     “Finding a voice of One’s Own: Considering the 19th century ex-femina Enslavement Narrative as a Source of Aesthetic Inspiration for Selected Works by American Women Artists of African Descent”

2.     Asimina Ino Nikolopoulou  Northeastern University

a.     “Contemporary Plantations: Strawberry Fields Revisited”