Brown Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice


For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Center’s work is organized around the following projects.

Public Humanities Projects

Global Curatorial Project. This exhibition and curatorial project presents both the global interconnectedness of Atlantic slavery and the slave trade, as well as illuminates an alternative view about the history of our global modernity. It is co-led by CSSJ and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Slave Trade Film Project with Filmmaker Stanley Nelson. This research and workshop project aims to support the development of a multi-part documentary series on the Atlantic slave trade. Creating a New World: The Transatlantic Slave Trade will chart the economic and human cost of the slave trade across the Atlantic basin, underscoring how this expansive system of trade, violence, and profit built the modern world.

PBS Companion Book, The Atlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the New World: This is a project which will accompany the Firelight Film. The book is written by Anthony Bogues and Zach Sell, visiting professor of history at Drexel University.

Heimark Artist-in-Residence. The Heimark Artist in Residence program brings to campus musicians, poets, visual artists, and performers whose work grapples with the legacies of slavery on our world today.

Racial Slavery & the Making of the Modern World: Resistance, Freedom, and Legacies High School Curriculum Project. Released in August 2020, this high school level resource challenges myths and absences in how our schools currently teach the history of slavery. This curriculum fulfills part of the CSSJ’s mission to undertake public history projects which tell the story of racial slavery. In the fall of 2020 free professional development webinars will be offered that assist educators in implementing the materials in their classrooms. This is a collaborative project with The Choices Program.

The Imagined New. This project, The Imagined New, is an interdisciplinary platform for critical exchange and research around African and African Diasporic art practices, as they relate to questions of history, archive and an alternative imagination(s) of Black aesthetic and curatorial practices. Presented as a collaboration between CSSJ and the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD), University of Johannesburg, The Imagined New revolves around interdisciplinary workshop platforms, and a corresponding special edition publication of Callaloo, the premier journal of literature, art, and culture of the African Diaspora.

Learn more about the Center's other research clusters and seminar series.