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Scenes at 20: Inspirations, Riffs, and Reverberations: a two-day symposium celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Saidiya Hartman’s landmark work, Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America. Beginning its multilayered inquiry with an examination of the interconnected workings of violence, spectacle, sentiment, pleasure and the law in the formation of Black subjects, Scenes of Subjection demanded readers confront the legacy of slavery and the limits of freedom for black subjects. Scenes at 20 brings together eminent scholars whose work engages in critical dialogues with Scene’s most pressing and still urgent questions. Speakers include Herman Bennet, Rizvana Bradley, Simone Brown, Hazel Carby, Adrienne Davis, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Sarah Haley, Fred Moten, Tavia Nyong’o, Christina Sharpe, Stephanie Smallwood, C. Riley Snorton, Alex Wehilye, Jennifer Morgan, Jared Sexton and Rinaldo Walcott. Please join us as we consider the work’s impact within its intergenerational intellectual context, reflect upon the book’s impact; and theorize new possibilities for Black life and Black freedom in these perilous times. The symposium will be held October 6-7, 2017, at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

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