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Race and Racism, Comparatively: A Fall 2022 Series
September 20, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
“Race and Racism, Comparatively” is a series of three conversations highlighting the work of scholars both in and beyond U-M whose scholarship is contributing to much-needed conversations on the global dimension of race, racism, and their impacts. Through these events, we seek to help broaden the aperture through which the academic community considers these themes, encouraging an understanding of a dynamic and interconnected set of systems, practices and material effects. It also builds upon ongoing critical conversations in the department of Comparative Literature on how best to understand and teach global and comparative racism–a conversation that is the prelude to a new course offering.
The first event will be a conversation with University of Pennsylvania scholar and president of the Middle East Studies Association, Eve Troutt-Powell and Tennessee State University scholar, Keisha Brown. A cultural historian, Professor Troutt-Powell’s scholarship has focused the history of the 2 modern Middle East with a particular emphasis on slavery in the Nile Valley and in the former Ottoman Empire. Professor Brown’s work has focused on modern China and the negotiation of Sino-Blackness; her research interests broadly include ethnic and race studies, postcolonial theory and social and cultural history in East Asia. This event will be via Zoom on Tuesday, September 20th at 4pm. Register here:
The second event will be a roundtable featuring faculty and doctoral candidates of color whose scholarship takes up the question of race and racism according to a transnational lens. The areas of focus represented among the participants include: the construction of blackness in the Francophone world; the role of race and racialization as a tool of biopower in Mexico; race, gender and Islam; and,
race and representation in US classrooms, literature and media. This event will be in-person (conditions permitting) with a hybrid stream option on Zoom on Tuesday, October 4 at 4pm.
The final event will take the form of a workshop. The groups will function as both an opportunity to reflect on the provocations raised during previous 2 events, dissect our assumptions about race on the global stage, and exchange ideas and best practices for teaching the same. The aim is to create a constructive and productive dialogue which will ideally produce a series of “best practices” for teaching race and racisms from a comparative, global standpoint. Workshop facilitators will keep
notes of discussions in Google Doc which will be shared with participants afterwards. This event will be in-person (conditions permitting) with a hybrid stream option on Zoon on Tuesday, November 1 at 4pm.