May 17 and 18, 2013
University of Washington, Seattle
The two-day symposium seeks to theorize and historicize racial capitalism in the modern world. Building on Cedric Robinson’s insight that capitalist development has been pursued and organized fundamentally around race, speakers will strive to uncover the multiple layers of capitalist expansion—ideological, cultural, economic, and social—to reveal and comprehend the tensions and contradictions of racial capitalism in the past and in the present and across the Atlantic and the Pacific.
Friday, May 17
Petersen Room, Allen Library
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Lisa Lowe, Tufts University, “Sugar, Tea, Opium, Coolies: The Intimacies of Four Continents”
Commentators: Moon-Ho Jung, Chandan Reddy, Stephanie Smallwood, and Alys Weinbaum (Conference Organizers)
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Session 1
Jennifer Morgan, New York University, “Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Slave Law and the History of Women in Slavery”
Michael Witgen, University of Michigan, “Seeing Red: The Politics of Crime and Punishment on the Northern Borderlands of the Early American Republic”
Saturday, May 18
Husky Union Building, Room 334
10:30 a.m. – Noon Session 2
Shelley Streeby, University of California, San Diego, “Hubert H. Harrison’s Scrapbooks, Racial Capitalism, and the Black Radical Tradition”
Manu Vimalassery, Texas Tech University, “Native and Black Visions of Self-Determination”
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break*
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Session 3
Peter James Hudson, Vanderbilt University, “Black Sovereignty and Racial Capitalism: The National City Bank in Haiti and Liberia, 1910–1935”
Jodi Kim, University of California, Riverside, “Debt Imperialism, Settler Modernity, and the Necropolitics of the Promise”
Andrew Friedman, Haverford College, “Meridians and Parallels: Racial Formations on the Global Grid”
3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Closing Reflections
The symposium is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, the University of Washington Libraries, the Department of History, the Department of English, the Jackson School of International Studies, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.