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Online Roundtable: Saidiya Hartman’s ‘Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments’

Historians in the News
tags: African American history, public history, roundtable



Black Perspectivesthe award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), is collaborating with The Journal of African American History (JAAH)* to host a joint online roundtable on Saidiya Hartman’s Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval (W.W. Norton, 2019). The roundtable begins on Monday, May 18th and concludes on Friday, May 22nd. It will feature pieces from Sarah Haley (University of California, Los Angeles), LaShawn Harris (Michigan State University), Kwame Holmes (Bard College)Ahmad Greene-Hayes (Princeton University) and , Kevin Quashie (Brown University). At the conclusion of the roundtable, author Saidiya Hartman (Columbia University) will respond.

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Saidiya Hartman is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Hartman’s major fields of interest are African American and American literature and cultural history, slavery, law and literature, and performance studies.

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LaShawn Harris is an Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University. She is the author of Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City’s Underground Economy (University of Illinois Press, 2016), which won the 2017 Darlene Clark Hine Book Prize from the Organization of American Historians and the 2017 Phillip Taft Book Award from The Labor and Working-Class History Association.

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Kwame Holmes is a faculty member at the Bard College Prison Initiative. Holmes earned his PhD in Modern American History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research engages the intersection of race, sexuality, class identities, and politics within the history of the modern city.

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Sarah Haley is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is also the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Women. 

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Kevin Quashie is a Professor of English at Brown University and teaches Black cultural and literary studies. 

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Ahmad Greene-Hayes is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Religion at Princeton University. His research interests include 19th and 20th-century Africana and African American religious histories, Black South Studies, and Black Queer Studies.

 

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