From Teju Cole’s reflection on Mandela in The New Inquiry:
White supremacy has its uses. Because of its great care and its thoughtful strategy, because of the tireless way it hoards its hatred, it is good at making heroes. Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Desmond Tutu: what would our lives have meant without theirs? No wheel moves without friction. Without the obscenity of white supremacy to resist, they might have been mere happy family men.
Rest, Madiba, the First Accused.
Headed to D.C. Thinking of Tennessee Williams, for some reason.
(Dead seriously. Don’t swallow the cap.)
Southern Spaces is seeking submissions for our latest call for papers on Music and the U.S. South, edited by Dr. Grace Elizabeth Hale. Submissions are due March 17, 2014, and more information can be found here. Feel free to get in touch if you have questions!
…Well, maybe not quite yet. But our Southern Spaces staff Halloween photo made Librarian Wardrobe, everyone’s favorite blog about all matters sartorial and library-ish. You can find our post here.
-Happy Fall from the Open Access Dinosaur!
The Imagining America PAGE fellow blog salon begins today! My post is up here. Check out the IA blog this week for great posts from the fellows.
“Historians have tended to treat the distinctions between raw material and writing in terms of a methodological problem and not in relation to their formation in a colonising logic. Perhaps historians, too, should follow the example proposed by Jose Rabasa, and consider refining the commonplace knowledge is power with the equation discourse is violence. Similarly, Qadri Ismail has argued that history is not just an argument about change through time, but one about progress. History is, according to Ismail, impossible without colonialism. This is not, as I understand it, a call to ‘abandon history.’ Rather, it is an invitation to explore the connections between fact and faith or the disciplinary condition by which an archive produced under conditions of colonisation is filtered, processed, and repackaged only to give rise to the subaltern effect. This is to demand that history’s relation to colonialism itself be subjected to sustained critique.”
-Premesh Lalu, The Deaths of Hintsa: Postapartheid South Africa and the Shape of Recurring Pasts, 263.
Atlanta’s just beginning to shed its blanket of humidity, and fall 2013 is shaping up to be fantastic–if not a bit exhausting. Here’s where I’ll be for the next couple of months:
October 4-6: I’m honored to join Imagining America this year as a PAGE fellow (Publicly Active Graduate Education) this year. The PAGE program aims to rethink how graduate education can be more publicly engaged, and I’ll be meeting up with my amazing co-fellows (seriously, they’re phenomenal!) at the Imagining America conference in Syracuse, New York.
October 16-18: Thanks to the NEH’s generous support, I’ll be headed to College Park, Maryland to take part in the Digital Humanities Data Curation Institute. I’m thrilled to learn more about building sustainable digital projects; data curation has become a bit of a passion (obsession?) of mine, since I think a lot about cultural heritage and how to preserve intangible histories.
November 21-24: I’ll be at the annual American Studies Association meeting in Washington, D.C. for a panel on public histories of dissent. I’m quite excited to join my co-panelists, Dr. Ben Railton from Fitchburg State, the University of Southern Maine’s Dr. Eve Raimon, and Lucy Malroney from Syracuse for our panel about how museums, archives, and public sites engage histories of dissent. Dr. Micki McElya will serve as our chair and commentator. The ASA is always a thought-provoking, reinvigorating (and fun!) conference, and I’m looking forward to our discussion.
Whew. Stop by if you’re in the area, and best wishes for a great fall!