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Artist Kenadi Johnson’s combined media portrait of Frederick Douglass, titled “Our Neighborhood at Peace,” is seen on the Anacostia Unmapped 2.0 exhibition at the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities gallery in Washington on Sept. 12, 2018 (Photograph by Rebecca Chillrud, Chesapeake Bay Program, Flickr).

April 22-26, 2019

Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), is hosting an internet discussion board on revolutionary approaches to the research of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895).  Each of the essays introduced right here argues for a reexamination of Douglass, one arising from the need to challenge Douglass’s self-constructed legacy by way of depictions of him as a person who relied on and drew power from the totally different affinities and networks he selected to enter throughout his life. Organized by Hélène Quanquin (Université de Lille), Cécile Roudeau (Université Paris Diderot), and Michaël Roy (Université Paris Nanterre), this forum emerged from a three-day conference in Paris entitled, “Frederick Douglass Across and Against Times, Places, and Disciplines,” that was planned and coordinated by the discussion board organizers in addition to Claire Bourhis-Mariotti, Agnès Derail, Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry, and Claire Parfait. We will probably be that includes contributions from Douglas Egerton (Le Moyne School), Brigitte Fielder (College of Wisconsin-Madison), P. Gabrielle Foreman (University of Delaware), Ezra Greenspan (Southern Methodist College), Ronald Angelo Johnson (Texas State College), Robert Levine (College of Maryland), and Kay Wright Lewis (Howard University).

The forum begins on Monday, April 22, 2019 and concludes on Friday, April 26. Through the week of the web forum, Black Perspectives will publish new blog posts day by day at 5:30AM EST. Please comply with Black Views (@BlkPerspectives) and AAIHS (@AAIHS) on Twitter; like AAIHS on Facebook; or subscribe to our weblog for updates. By subscribing to Black Perspectives, every new submit will routinely be delivered to your inbox in the course of the week of the forum.

Concerning the Organizers

Hélène Quanquin is Professor of American Research at Université de Lille, where she teaches American history. Her analysis focuses on nineteenth-century American reform actions and their intersections. She is the writer of contributions on male feminists akin to Wendell Phillips and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, and the American ladies’s rights movement (Revue Française d’Etudes Américaines, Epistolaire, College of Rochester Press, Louisiana State College Press). She is the co-editor of several books and journal issues, amongst which Refaire l’Amérique: Imaginaire et histoire aux Etats-Unis (Paris: Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2011) and “Critical Masculinities” (particular challenge of Tradition, Society & Masculinities, Vol. 3, N°1, Summer time 2011). She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Historic Society, the Schlesinger Library, the Sophia Smith Collection and the American Antiquarian Society. She was visiting associate professor at Brown University in 2008 and at the College of Texas at Austin in 2014. Her guide entitled Men in the American Ladies’s Rights Movement: Cumbersome Allies (Routledge) might be revealed in 2020. Comply with her on Twitter @HQuanquin.


Cécile Roudeau is Senior Researcher at Université Paris Diderot and at present a visiting scholar at The Middle for Superior Research in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford College. Roudeau started her profession as a specialist of New England regionalism and ladies’s writing. Her first ebook (Presses Universitaires Paris Sorbonne, 2012) revisits the notion of “place” in New England regionalist writing, and argues that “taking place” was as much a political and epistemic claim as a spatial expertise. She is presently engaged on a guide venture titled Past Stateless Literature: Practices of Democratic Power in Nineteenth-Century US Letters. This new venture builds on a growing body of empirical and theoretical work on the state (in sociology, political science, and history) that reconsiders the articulation between democracy and the state away from the presumptive opposition between the 2. Roudeau’s undertaking builds on this revisionist development and proposes that contra the interpretations of early to mid-nineteenth century American literature as a literature towards the state, the state was not prevented in any respect by nineteenth-century writers and critics. Constructing on a practical methodology, the ebook shouldn’t be a lot within the imaginary of statecraft as in types of (literary) apply. As a result of it engages female writers alongside male canonical writers, it should prolong the continued research on the democratic state into realms reminiscent of domesticity and gender politics. Comply with her on Twitter .


Michaël Roy is Affiliate Professor of American Studies at Université Paris Nanterre, France. He is the writer of Textes fugitifs. Le récit d’esclave au prisme de l’histoire du livre (Fugitive Texts: Slave Narratives in Antebellum Print Tradition, 2017), which investigates the publication, circulation, and reception of antebellum slave narratives, and the co-editor of Undoing Slavery: American Abolitionism in Transnational Perspective, 1776-1865 (2018). He has revealed several essays on slave narratives and the American abolition motion in numerous educational journals, including “Cheap Editions, Little Books, and Handsome Duodecimos: A Book History Approach to Antebellum Slave Narratives” (MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of america, 2015), “The Vanishing Slave: Publishing the Narrative of Charles Ball, from Slavery in the United States (1836) to Fifty Years in Chains (1858)” (Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 2017) and “‘Throwing pearls before swine’: The Strange Publication History of Vie de Frédéric Douglass, esclave américain (1848)” (Slavery & Abolition, 2019). He has also revealed a French translation of The Confessions of Nat Turner (2017). Comply with him on Twitter @mroyUPN.

Concerning the Members

Douglas Egerton is Professor of History at LeMoyne School. He earned his PhD in History at Georgetown University. His work deals with the intersections between race and politics in early America. His books embrace Thunder At the Gates: The Black Civil Struggle Regiments That Redeemed America (Primary Books, 2016), The Wars of Reconstruction: The Temporary, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era (Bloomsbury, 2014), Yr of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election That Introduced on the Civil Warfare (Bloomsbury, 2010), and Demise or Liberty: African People and Revolutionary America (Oxford University Press, 2009). His first ebook, Charles Fenton Mercer and the Trial of National Conservatism (College Press of Mississippi, 1989), examined the career of the founder of the American Colonization Society, a gaggle of conservative white antislavery politicians who wished to ship freed slaves to Liberia. His different books, Gabriel’s Insurrection (UNC Press, 1993), He Shall Go Out Free: The Lives of Denmark Vesey (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999), and Rebels, Reformers and Revolutionaries (Routledge, 2002) discover slave rebelliousness.

Brigitte Fielder is an Assistant Professor within the Division of Comparative Literature at the College of Wisconsin-Madison, the place she can also be affiliated with the departments of Gender and Ladies’s Studies and Afro-American Research. She acquired her Ph.D. in English with a minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Research from Cornell College. She is the writer of Relative Races: Genealogies of Interracial Kinship in Nineteenth-Century America, forthcoming from Duke University Press. Professor Fielder has held analysis fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society and the Animal Studies Institute – Wesleyan University Animal Research program. From 2014-2016, she was a member of the Government Committee of C19: the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists and presently serves on the society’s Advisory Board. She additionally sits on the Editorial Board of Tulsa Research in Ladies’s Literature. In 2017-2018 she held the  Nellie Y. McKay Fellowship, an award that honors McKay’s pathbreaking life and career as a lady of colour scholar who laid foundations for the research of African American literature. Comply with her on Twitter .

P. Gabrielle Foreman is Professor of African American Research at the University of Delaware. She is an award-winning instructor and scholar who has revealed extensively on issues of race, slavery and reform with a concentrate on the past’s persevering with maintain on the world we inhabit at the moment. She is the writer of a number of extensively recognized books and editions including Activist Sentiments: Studying Black Ladies Writers in addition to a rating of highly-regarded articles and ebook chapters. She is understood for her collaborative work together with a Penguin Classics version of Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig: Or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black by which she and her co-editor “managed to pick up one of the coldest trails in nineteenth-century African American studies.” The radio tour that followed reached hundreds of thousands of listeners. At College of Delaware, Foreman has collaborated on dance/poetry efficiency pieces based mostly on her analysis on Wilson as well as on David Drake, or “Dave the Potter,” Frances Harper and the Coloured Conventions. Her current challenge is entitled The Artwork of DisMemory: Historicizing Slavery in Poetry, Efficiency and Material Culture. She is the Ned B. Allen Professor of English with appointments in Historical past and Africana Studies and is a Senior Library Analysis Fellow. She is the founding school director of the prize-winning and NEH supported Colored Conventions Tasks. She and CCP co-founders, UD graduate college students Jim Casey and Sarah Patterson, are co-editing the forthcoming quantity, Coloured Conventions within the Nineteenth Century and the Digital Age. Comply with her on Twitter .

Ezra Greenspan is Professor of English and the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Chair in Humanities at Southern Methodist University. He’s a literary and cultural historian who studies and teaches the historical past of written communications and media in the USA—from manuscript and print to digitalia. His interests embrace the historical past of writing, printing, and publishing; of institutions of letters corresponding to libraries and faculties; of the interplay between letters and visual pictures; of archives and archiving; and of the historic uses of written communications, particularly by ethnic teams akin to African People and Jews. These interests underlie his apply of writing biography. His most recent books are George Palmer Putnam: Representative American Writer (2000) and William Wells Brown: An African-American Life (2014) which offered comprehensive biographies of the writer G. P. Putnam and of the writer-activist William Wells Brown. His present challenge is a multigenerational household biography to be referred to as The Lives and Occasions of Frederick Douglass and His Family: A Composite Biography.

Ronald Angelo Johnson is Affiliate Professor of Historical past at Texas State University.  He is a historian of the early United States. His specializations are diplomacy, religion, and the Atlantic World. Of specific emphasis are early U.S. overseas relations, immigration, the African Diaspora, and cultural encounters. His first e-book, Diplomacy in Black and White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance (University of Georgia Press, 2014), analyzes early U.S. diplomacy towards the backdrop of Atlantic world revolutions and American slavery. The ebook tells a narrative of People and Haitians circumventing home and worldwide mores of intercultural relations. He’s presently writing his second ebook, Racialized Diplomacy and the Haitian Diaspora within the Early American Republic. This work explores how the ideals of the Declaration of Independence created the inspiration of early American diplomacy and knowledgeable subsequent Atlantic revolutions. It examines the diplomatic and cultural connections between the western Atlantic world’s first two nation-states. Combining supplies from Caribbean and European archives with a wide range of U.S. printed and manuscript sources, Revolutionary Relations is the first research to determine 18th and early 19th-century migrants from Haiti as an immigrant group and to measure their contributions to early American society. Comply with him on Twitter .

Robert Levine is a Distinguished College Professor of English on the College of Maryland. He has been an influential drive in American and African American literature for over thirty years, and more lately has contributed essential work to the burgeoning area of hemispheric and transnational American literary studies. His outstanding publications cowl an array of themes important to an understanding of 19th-century American literature. His most up-to-date e-book is The Lives of Frederick Douglass (Harvard College Press, 2016). He has also revealed Conspiracy and Romance: Research in Brockden Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Melville (Cambridge College Press, 1989), Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Id (College of North Carolina Press, 1997), and Dislocating Race and Nation: Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literary Nationalism (University of North Carolina Press, 2008).  His most up-to-date monograph is Race, Transnationalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies (Cambridge College Press, 2018).  Along with his crucial books, Levine’s scholarly editions of Melville, Hawthorne, Martin Delany, Douglass, James Whitfield, William Wells Brown, and Harriet Beecher Stowe have helped to make out there each canonical and lesser recognized works to wider audiences.

Kay Wright Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Historical past at Howard College. Her analysis focuses on slavery and abolition, African American intellectual history, Atlantic World history, and the historical past of violence. Lewis’ ebook, revealed by the University of Georgia Press, is entitled A Curse Upon the Nation: Race, Freedom, and Extermination in America and the Atlantic World (University of Georgia Press, 2019). This research examines how concepts about black and white extermination in a warfare between the races influenced the development of slavery and precluded the acceptance of black freedom in America. As a graduate scholar, Lewis held an Andrew W. Mellon Competitive Dissertation Fellowship at Rutgers University. After commencement, she was a Fellow on the Gilder Lehrman Middle at Yale College in 2011, and Lewis’ dissertation was one of the finalists in the Southern Historical Affiliation’s C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize competitors. She has introduced at many nationwide and worldwide conferences, has taught at Rutgers College, Adelphi College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Norfolk State University. Lewis has also written 5 essays that have been revealed in the Encylopedia of African American Life. Comply with her on Twitter .

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