Slavery, Intimacy, & (En)Gendering History

A version of this review (“Slavery, Intimacy, and Re-Crafting History”) appeared in the November 2014 issue of  The GC Advocate (Vol. 26 Fall no. 3 —2014). ~ Andrea Stuart, Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire (New York: Vintage Books, 2013); 353 pages; ISBN: 978-0307474544 (paperback). Katy Simpson Smith, The Story of Land and … More Slavery, Intimacy, & (En)Gendering History

On Archives and Contrapuntal Reading in a Digital Age

Re-posted from my recent contribution to ABOPublic: An Interactive Forum for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 ~ On June 25th, 2013, in a reading room where air-conditioned humming melded with the noise of traffic along Malcolm X Boulevard in New York City, I was sifting through a box of miscellaneous papers pertaining to the British Caribbean … More On Archives and Contrapuntal Reading in a Digital Age

“…These Ghosts Rise Up”

My recent contribution to Warscapes, re-posted here. ~ Independent director Richard Ledes’ documentary Golden Dawn, NYC  was released two days before the start of this year’s World Cup games. As football fans donned regalia representing their favorite country, Ledes’ latest project offers a more ambivalent perspective toward displays of nationalistic identification. An early scene of the film takes … More “…These Ghosts Rise Up”

Preludes: On the Politics and Poetics of Black Atlantic Pedagogy

These were my opening remarks for “Preludes: On the Politics and Poetics of Black Atlantic Pedagogy.” They were given earlier today at the “Currents of the Black Atlantic” Conference.  ~ Before I turn to my engagements with Paul Gilroy’s work, I want to first situate a context for this roundtable, and in doing so reflect … More Preludes: On the Politics and Poetics of Black Atlantic Pedagogy

A Babel Mixtape

Our neighborhood mail carrier, whose mouth gripped a lit cigarette and hands skillfully shuffled through envelopes between houses, facilitated a steady flow of free-trial AOL discs to my home — discs that were later tucked in dust behind the tower of my family’s shared desktop. … More A Babel Mixtape