Past Events

Scenes at 20

This two-day symposium at Rutgers University on October 6-7, 2017 celebrated the 20th anniversary of Saidiya Hartman’s Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America and its impact on studies of Black lives in the past, present, and future. We considered the work’s impact within its intergenerational intellectual context and theorized new possibilities for Black life and Black freedom in these perilous times.

This event was sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor of New Brunswick, School of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, Department of History, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies, Consortium for the Study of Diversity and Culture in the Americas, and the Center for Cultural Analysis.

Scenes at 20: Oct 6th

Scenes at 20: Morning, Oct 7th - YouTube

Scenes at 20: Afternoon, Oct 7th