For the 2019-2020 academic year, the Center’s work is organized around the following seminar series.
CSSJ Advanced Knowledge Working Group. The CSSJ Advanced Knowledge Working Group is a seminar for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other scholars affiliated with or working alongside the CSSJ to come together to think critically about the legacies of slavery and boundaries of freedom across time and space.
Carceral State Reading Group. The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice facilitates a year long reading group which focuses on issues of imprisonment, incarceration, captivity, criminalization and policing historically and in the present day. The reading group is a collaboration between various sectors of the Providence community and the CSSJ at Brown University.
Faculty Fellow Seminar. This graduate level seminar led by Brown faculty is an interdisciplinary course that seeks to explore an emerging issues in the study of racial slavery and its legacies.
Graduate Seminar and Reading Group on Black Aesthetics. Organized by graduate students, this seminar is focused on engaging in deep study and inquiry into the discourse of history and aesthetics as praxis. The group seeks to interrogate a set of aesthetic practices bounded up in the conventions of Western thought. The group will produce publications, mixtapes, and exhibitions and aims to develop a close intellectual and artistic partnership with the Center for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.