On Race and Reinscription: Writing Enslaved Women Back into the Early Modern Archive

I believe that all manner of questions and, presumably, answers, are revealed when we center the lives of African women and their descendents. Discerning the contours of those lives from the fragments of the archives is challenging and requires a methodological stance in which a painting provokes a legal claim, and a lit pipe looks like a revolution. Woven together, these archival fragments, sutured with a microdose of Hartman’s critical fabulation bring me closer to the Reckoning that I believe we must complete as we attempt to navigate the afterlives of slavery and the weighty violence of racial capitalism.

Lecture Description

In this lecture, Morgan builds on the work of her 2021 book Reckoning with Slavery: Gender, Kinship and Capitalism in the Early Black Atlantic. Here she discusses the methodological and archival challenges of writing early black women’s history, and offers insight and suggestions concerning how such work shapes our understanding of modern social and economic relations.

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On Race and Reinscription: Writing Enslaved Women Back into the Early Modern Archive

I believe that all manner of questions and, presumably, answers, are revealed when we center the lives of African women and their descendents. Discerning the contours of those lives from the fragments of the archives is challenging and requires a methodological stance in which a painting provokes a legal claim, and a lit pipe looks like a revolution. Woven together, these archival fragments, sutured with a microdose of Hartman’s critical fabulation bring me closer to the Reckoning that I believe we must complete as we attempt to navigate the afterlives of slavery and the weighty violence of racial capitalism.

Lecture Description

In this lecture, Morgan builds on the work of her 2021 book Reckoning with Slavery: Gender, Kinship and Capitalism in the Early Black Atlantic. Here she discusses the methodological and archival challenges of writing early black women’s history, and offers insight and suggestions concerning how such work shapes our understanding of modern social and economic relations.

CATEGORIES

Archives and Bibliography Race

ALL TOPICS & TITLES: Go back to all topics and titles.


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