Race, Space, Place Conference (2007)



April 13 – 14, 2007

John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University


–Keynote Speakers and Speakers




Achille Mbembe
Research Professor in History and Politics, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and a Senior Researcher at the Witwatersrand
Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), Johannesburg

Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California (Irvine)

Saskia Sassen
Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology University of Chicago, Illinois


Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián
Assistant Professor; Spanish; and Director, Duke-in-Madrid
Duke University

Mario Blaser
Assistant Professor in International Development Studies
York University, Toronto

Michaeline Crichlow
Associate Professor, Department of African and African American Studies
Duke University

Sean Metzger
Assistant Professor of English and Assistant Professor of Theater Studies
Duke University

Patricia M. Northover
Fellow, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
University of the West Indies

Tejaswini Niranjana
Director & Senior Fellow
Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore, India

Tejumola Olaniyan
Professor of African Languages and Literature and Louise Durham Mead Professor of English
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Vicente Rafael
Professor of History
University of Washington, Seattle

Sandra L. Richards
Professor of Theater
Northwestern University, Illinois

Rebecca J. Scott
Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History & Professor of Law
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Natsu Taylor Saito
Professor of Law
Georgia State University


All Sessions will meet in Room 240 Franklin Center


9:30-9:45 am: opening remarks
Michaeline Crichlow and Sean Metzger

9:45-10:45 am: keynote 1
Achille Mbembe, “The Idea of South Africa and the Question of Freedom in the Southern Atlantic Frontier”

10:45-12:15 pm: panel 1
Rebecca Scott, “Itinerant Citizenship: Defending Dignity in the Worlds Made by Slavery”
Sandra Richards, “Space, Water, Memory: The Transatlantic Slave Trade”

12:15-1:15 pm: lunch

1:15-2:45 pm: panel 2
Mario Blaser,”My Home, Our Home Or Your Home!!?: Placing the Modern Subject”
Natsu Taylor Saito, “The Power of Naming: Freedom, Manifest Destiny, and the Legacy of American Settler Colonialism”

2:45-4:15 pm: panel 3
Tejaswini Niranjana, “Musical Subjects from Across and Beyond the Atlantic” + film screening


9-10 am: keynote 2
Saskia Sassen

10-11:30 am: panel 4
Tejumola Olaniyan, “Thinking Afro-Futures: Epistemic Histories”
Michaeline Crichlow and Patricia Northover, “Homing Modern Freedoms – A Sketch of a Method for Theorizing ‘C/creolization’ in Atlantic History and Beyond”

11:30-12:30 pm: lunch

12:30-2:00 pm: panel 5
Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián, “Paris, Cuba: The Jungle meets

« mondialisation »” Sean Metzger, “Utterly Unsettling: Potential Implications of Chinese Cuban Cultural Production”

2:00-3:30 pm: panel 6
Vicente Rafael, “The Afterlife of Empire: Sovereignty and Revolution in the Spanish Philippines”

Sponsoring Organizations:
African & African American Studies
Critical U.S. Studies
Department of English
Duke in Madrd
Duke University Center for International Studies
Office of the Vice-Provost for Interdisciplinary Affairs
Women’s Studies

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