Race and Periodization: A RaceB4Race™ Symposium

This event is sponsored by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Following upon the inaugural RaceB4Race™ event, a collaboration of medievalists and early modernists held at Arizona State University in January 2019, this conference will foreground the relationship between race and historical periodization.

Medievalists and early modernists have long grappled with the meaning and use of their own historical period designations as well as the strictures of periodization itself. This event seeks to explore how critical race theory can enable new insights about, approaches to, and critiques of periodization. Critical race theory situated in both historical and contemporary disciplines necessarily challenges assumptions about historical knowledge, theoretical borders, and scholarly dissemination and impact. This theoretical complex thus holds exciting potential to revolutionize the very terms of academic periodization in medieval and early modern studies.

Setting this conference at the Folger Institute and building upon its recent focus on early modern race studies, the conference invites scholars of history, literature, and other disciplines to consider the intersection of critical race studies and historical periodization in terms of the theoretical, methodological, archival, activist, pedagogical, professional, temporal, and spatial implications.
 

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Schedule

 

Thursday, September 5th, 2019 – Folger Shakespeare Library
 

Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003


Gail Kern Paster Reading Room

6:15 – 6:30 — Welcome and brief introductions

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM — Geraldine Heng - “Defining Race, Periodizing Race”

7:00 PM – 7:30 PM — Margo Hendricks - “Coloring the Past, Rewriting our Future: RaceB4Race”

Great Hall

7:30 PM — Reception

 

Friday, September 6th, 2019 — AU Washington College of Law, Grossman Hall


American University Washington College of Law, Grossman Hall

4300 Nebraska Ave NW

Washington, DC, 20016

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM — Registration and coffee

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM — Welcome from the Folger Shakespeare Library

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM — Michael Gomez, "Did 'Race' Exist in Medieval West Africa?”

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM —Su Fang Ng, “Race in the East Indies Contact Zone”

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM — Marisa J. Fuentes, Respondent

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM — Lunch

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM — Michelle M. Sauer, “Considering Race and Early Christianity” 

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM — Dennis Austin Britton, “Race after the Reformation” 

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM — Haruko Momma, Respondent

 

Saturday, September 7th, 2019 — AU Washington College of Law, Grossman Hall

American University Washington College of Law, Grossman Hall
4300 Nebraska Ave NW

Washington, DC, 20016


9:00 AM – 9:45 AM — Registration and coffee

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM — Welcome from Arizona State University

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM — Mary Rambaran-Olm, "Bede, Bath & Beyond: Difficulties with Race and Periodization in Anglo-Saxon England"

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM — Carol Mejia LaPerle, “Dark Will, Race, and Affect: Philosophical Histories of Will and Critical Race Studies”

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM — Elisa Oh, Respondent

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM — Lunch

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM — Wan-Chuan Kao, “In the Lap of Whiteness: Racializing Affect and the Logic of the Premodern Hold”

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM — Ruben Espinosa, “Property and Pigment: Shakespeare, Vulnerable Bodies, and White Rage”

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM — Ayanna Thompson, Respondent