Rising: A RaceB4Race Symposium

Arizona State University | January 26-27, 2024 

In person and livestreamed

Rising: A RaceB4Race Symposium invites scholars to consider the ways in which literary, artistic, or scholarly practice compels the transcension of racial trauma we find in lived experience, as we navigate premodern texts and the academy. How do we push at the boundaries of difficulty and find joy through art, scholarship, and community?

Co-hosted by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Shakespeare Centre London (Shakespeare’s Globe and King’s College).

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About RaceB4Race

RaceB4Race is an ongoing conference series and professional network community by and for scholars of color working on issues of race in premodern literature, history, and culture. RaceB4Race centers the expertise, perspectives, and sociopolitical interests of BIPOC scholars, whose work seeks to expand critical race theory. Bridging many traditional disciplinary divides, RaceB4Race not only creates innovative scholarly dialogues, but also fosters social change within premodern studies as a whole. 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 and the Hitz Foundation.

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Featuring keynote speaker Adjoa Andoh 

Friday, January 26, 2024 | 6:00 pm | Carson Ballroom, Old Main


Ariane Balizet (Texas Christian University)

Lisa Barksdale-Shaw (Arizona State University)

Jermaine Bryant (Princeton University)

Jonathan Correa-Reyes (Clemson University)

Rana Ghuloom (University of Chicago)

Katherine Harloe (University of London)

Kirsten Mendoza (University of Dayton)

Shokoofeh Rajabzadeh (independent scholar)

Madeline Sayet (Arizona State University)

Elise Wang (California State University – Fullerton)

Livestream information

This event will be livestreamed by ASU Live. The recording will be available to watch on the ACMRS YouTube channel afterwards.

Travel information

For information regarding lodging near the ASU Tempe Campus, please visit the Travel Information for ASU visitors page.

This event will take place in Carson Ballroom in Old Main. The closest parking garage to the venue is the Fulton Center parking structure. Learn more about parking rates here.


Symposium schedule

Friday, January 26

All sessions will take place in the Carson Ballroom of Old Main

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Coffee and registration

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Welcome remarks by Ruben Espinosa and Farah Karim-Cooper

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Speaking to God; Arabs, Persians and Shīʿī Duʿāʾ | Rana Ghuloom

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Conversion and Racial Trauma in the Middle English Otuel Romances | Jonathan Correa-Reyes

11:45 am - 1:30 pm

Lunch break

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

“Rome and the righteous heavens be my judge”: Racial Trauma and the Role of Judgment in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus | Lisa Barksdale-Shaw

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Race, Trauma, and Re-forming the Romans | Jermaine Bryant

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Ruffle or Rape: The Mundanaity of Racial Trauma in the Domestic Sphere | Kirsten Mendoza

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Keynote: An Evening with Adjoa Andoh 


Saturday, January 27

All sessions will take place in the Carson Ballroom of Old Main

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Coffee and registration

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Talk title forthcoming | Shokoofeh Rajabzadeh

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Racial Trauma and Recovery: The First-Finders of Children | Elise Wang

11:45 am - 1:30 pm

Lunch break

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Sangre Ajedrez: A Boricua’s Guide to Fair Play in Early Modern Studies | Ariane Balizet

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Frozen in Spectacle: Alienation and Connection in Responding to Racial Trauma | Katherine Harloe

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Our Words: Language, Trauma, and Indigenization in Performance | Madeline Sayet

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Closing remarks by Jeffrey J. Cohen