2010-2011 Mellon Faculty Seminar


Coordinator: Kim F. Hall, Lucyle Hook Professor of English and Director of Africana Studies

Monday, October 25, 2010

Seminar Readings

  • Patterson, Tiffany Ruby and Robin D. G. Kelley. "Unfinished Migrations: Reflections on the African Diaspora and the Making of the Modern World." African Studies Review Volume 43, Number 1 (2000): 11-45.
  • Edwards, Brent Hayes, Cheryl Johnson-Odim, Agustin Lao-Montes, Michael O. West, Tiffany Ruby Patterson, and Robin D. G. Kelley. " "Unfinished Migrations": Commentary and Response." African Studies Review Volume 43, Number 1 (2000): 47-68.
  • Stephens, Michelle Ann. "Introduction: The Isles and Empire." In Black Empire: The Masculine Global Imaginary of Caribbean Intellectuals in the United States, 1914-1962, 1-31. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2005.
  • Invited responses to Black Empire from Small Axe, a premier Caribbean studies journal.
    • Edmondson, Belinda. "African American Manhood in the Making of Caribbean (Inter)Nationalism", Small Axe 10.2 (2006) 261-268.
    • Neptune, Harvey. "At Sea: The Caribbean in Black Empire." Small Axe 10.2 (2006) 269-275.

Monday, December 6

Seminar Readings

  • Colin Kidd, The Forging of Races: Race and Scripture in the Protestant Atlantic World, 1600-1800. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Chapters 1-3.
  • Valerie Traub, “Mapping the Global Body,” In. Early Modern Visual Culture: Representation, Race and Empire in Renaissance England. Ed. Peter Erickson and Clark Hulse. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania University Press, 2000.
  • Virginia Mason Vaughan. Performing Blackness on English Stages, 1500-1800. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Chapter 2
  • Sujata Iyengar. Shades of difference: Mythologies of Skin Color in Early Modern England. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania University Press, 2005. Chapters 2 and 3.


Coordinators: Elizabeth Esch, Assistant Professor of History and American Studies, and Neferti Tadiar, Professor and Chair of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Monday, February 14

Seminar Readings

  • Geraldine Heng, "Holy War Redux: The Crusades, Futures of the Past, and Strategic Logic in the 'Clash' of Religions." PMLA May 2011.
  • Enseng Ho, "Empire through Diasporic Eyes: A View from the Other Boat." Comparative Studies in Society and History, Volume 46, No. 2 (2004): 210- 246.

Supplemental Materials

  • Geraldine Heng, " Sex, Lies, and Paradise: The Assassins, Prester John, and the Fabulation of Civillizational Identities".

Wednesday, March 23

Guest Speaker: Kariann Yokota, Yale University, “Questioning Early American Identity: Empire, Postcolonial Theory, and Material Culture in the Transatlantic World"

Seminar Readings

  • Kariann Yokota, "Postcolonialism and Material Culture in the Early United States," The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, Vol. 64, No. 2 (Apr., 2007), pp. 263-270 .
  • John Blanco, "Subjects of Baroque Economy: Creole and pirate epistemologies of mercantilism in the 17th century Spanish and Dutch (East) Indies," Encounters 1, 2009.

Monday, May 2

Seminar Readings

  • Denise Ferreira Da Silva, Toward a Global Idea of Race,  Introduction and Chapter 9.
  • Alys Weinbaum, Wayward Reproductions: Genealogies of Race and Nation in Transatlantic Modern Thought, Chapter 1.
  • Affeldt, Stephanie. “A Paroxysm of Whiteness: >White< Labour, >White< Nation and >White<Sugar in Australia.”  Wages of Whiteness & Racist Symbolic Capital. Eds. Wulf D. Hund, Jeremy Krikler, David Roediger. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2010.