2020-2021 Schedule

Wednesday, October 14, 1pm CT: Virtual Welcome Back Reception

An opportunity to reconnect, greet new colleagues, and to discuss the new plans for our working group this year.

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Friday, October 23, 12-1:30pm CT: Faculty Workshop with Sarah Jessica Johnson

Professor Johnson (Assistant Professor of English, UChicago) will be presenting her paper “The Pictorial Politics of Perpetual Pregnancy: Solitude de la Guadeloupe”
Discussant: Larissa Brewer-García (Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature, UChicago)


Friday, October 30, 12-1pm CT: Launching of Larissa Brewer-García’s new book, Beyond Babel

We will celebrate and discuss Professor Larissa Brewer-García’s new book, Beyond Babel: Translations of Blackness in Colonial Peru and New Granada (Cambridge, 2020). Brewer-García is Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of Chicago.

Three special guests will introduce and discuss the book: Michelle McKinley (University of Oregon), Cécile Fromont (Yale University), and Anna More (Universidade de Brasília).


Wednesday, November 18, 12-1:30pm CT: Meditations on the Afterlives of Slavery

In this reading group meeting, we will be discussing selections from:

Deborah Thomas’ Political Life in the Wake of the Plantation (Duke, 2019);
Tavia Nyong’o’s Afro Fabulations: The Drama of Black Queer Life (NYU, 2018); and
Lorgia García Peña’s The Borders of Afro-Dominicanidad: Race, Nation, and Archives of Contradiction (Duke, 2016)

Professor Danielle Roper (Assistant Professor in Latin American Literature) will be the discussant.

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