Education: A RaceB4Race Symposium

The fourth RaceB4Race symposium will focus on “Education” because it sits at the heart of our attempts to rebuild premodern studies within an actively antiracist framework. Our ten speakers will interrogate how we teach our fields, why we teach our fields, and whom we implicitly and explicitly include and exclude in the process. For if we remember that Stuart Hall was dissuaded from becoming a medievalist and Toni Morrison an early modernist, then we must face the force of education’s push and pull with BIPOC students.

RaceB4Race is brought to life by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in partnership with The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Division of Humanities at Arizona State University. RaceB4Race is underwritten by the Hitz Foundation.

Registration opens November 23, 2020 at 9:00 am MST.



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Invited speakers

  • Andrea Myers Achi (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Barbara Bordalejo (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Tarrell R. Campbell (Saint Louis University)
  • Ambereen Dadabhoy (Harvey Mudd College)
  • Eric L. De Barros (Old Dominion University)
  • Brenna Duperron (Dalhousie University)
  • Mariam A. Galarrita (University of California, Riverside)
  • Nedda Mehdizadeh (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Adrienne Merritt (St. Olaf College)
  • Ian Smith (Lafayette College)


Coffee talks

RaceB4Race is not just a conference series, it is also a professional development and network community. Although RaceB4Race Education will be held virtually, we want to preserve the space for these conversations. These coffee talks will be informal—imagine all of us gathered around the coffee station, eating donuts between the presentations.

To generate an engaging conversation, coffee talks will be limited to 12 registrants. In an effort to allow everyone who wants to participate a chance to get a spot, please only register for one coffee talk session. Spots in these sessions will be first come first serve. If interest in these sessions is significant, we will open more coffee-talk sessions.

These sessions are primarily intended for early career researchers.


RaceB4Race raffle

Everyone who registers for at least 1 session of RaceB4Race Education before December 31, 2020 will be entered into a raffle for a RaceB4Race Education notebook, a printed program, and some other fun swag! Winners will receive an email in the beginning of January requesting a mailing address.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

10:00 am – 11:00 am MST

Coffee talk: Publishing with Ayanna Thompson

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm MST

Introductory remarks - Ayanna Thompson

Ian Smith - “Racial Literacy: A Reckoning”

Adrienne Merritt - "Feirefiz, White Legacies, and Interraciality: Teaching German Studies While Black in America"

Q&A moderated by Kim F. Hall

Thursday, January 21, 2021

10:00 am – 11:00 am MST

Coffee talk: Scholar Activists with Seeta Chaganti

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm MST

Tarrell R. Campbell - “Lines of Flight Denied: Delimited Points of Entry within the Academy”

Mariam A. Galarrita - "Getting Out of the Footnote: Racial Trauma and Education"

Q&A moderated by Jonathan Hsy

Friday, January 22, 2021

10:00 am – 11:00 am MST

Coffee talk: Public-facing Scholarship with Geoffrey Way

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm MST

Eric L. De Barros - "Who Shot Romeo? And How Can We Stop the Bleeding?: Shakespeare for Social Justice in Urban America."

Brenna Duperron - “From Both Our Eyes: Red Reading Medieval Texts.”

Ambereen Dadabhoy - “All Our Othellos: Reading Race through Teaching Editions of the Play"

Q&A moderated by Scott Manning Stevens

Saturday, January 23, 2021

10:00 am – 11:00 am MST

Coffee talk: Keeping Focused During Challenging Times with Farah Karim-Cooper

1:00 pm – 3:15 pm MST

Andrea Myers Achi – “The Global Turn in Medieval Exhibitions: Diversifying Medieval Studies through Curatorial Practice and Critical Race Art History”

Nedda Mehdizadeh - "Teaching the Travail of Writing: Authority, Empire, and Racial Formation in the (Pre)modern"

Barbara Bordalejo – “Non-Zero-Sum: Diverse Knowledge Perspectives in Academia”


Closing remarks - Jeffrey Jerome Cohen