Bianca Beauchemin, Sensuous Interdisciplinary Opening: Re-imagining Diasporic Black Radical Insurgency (Race, Ethics + Power: Emerging Scholars)

Race, Ethics + Power: Emerging Scholars

Sensuous Interdisciplinary Opening: Re-imagining Diasporic Black Radical Insurgency

In his influential book Silencing the Past, Michel-Rolph Trouillot invites us to find out “how history works, rather than what history is”, thus insisting that what we call the “archive” is not only a repository site of information, but also constitutes a methodological concept. He attests that the Haitian Revolution entered history as being “unthinkable,” which suggests in part, a narrow and power-laden methodological framework, foreclosing the epistemic and liberatory promises of this world-altering insurrection. How can we ethically re-narrate this historical event? What can be uncovered to inform other and more current struggles for liberation? Informed by my current dissertation project, this talk seeks to unearth the possibilities of the Haitian Revolution through a queerly black feminist approach.

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Bianca BeaucheminBianca Beauchemin is a PhD candidate in Gender Studies at UCLA. Her dissertation research explores the interplay of the unintelligibility of Black female sexuality and Black feminist possibilities through the spatial-temporal landscape of the Haitian Revolution. Some of her key sites of research interests also include Black diasporic studies, Black queer studies, Black feminism, postcolonial literature, feminist geography, histories of revolutions, Caribbean history, and histories of slavery.

Thu, Oct 29, 2020
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
200 Larkin