At a time when Critical Race Theory is under attack at home and abroad and scholars of the African diaspora are increasingly frustrated by the limitations of the predominant tropes for discussing Black subjectivity, it is more vital than ever to generate what Henry Louis Gates has called "indigenous black principles of criticism." This theoretical imperative is urgent in the context of the early modern African diaspora, particularly populations located in Europe, whose diversity of experiences have been understudied, undertheorized, and oversimplified through a narrow vision of the middle passage epistemology.

In this talk, Dr. Christy Pichichero will discuss her work to develop a new critical idiom at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, and mechanisms of both empowerment and oppression that illuminate an understanding of embodied Black lives in eighteenth-century France. This innovation aims to shape Critical Eighteenth-Century Studies in a significant way, such that talking Black will allow the African-descended individuals she studies--all silenced by the archive--to talk back.


On Saturday, October 2nd attend the POC in PWIs (People of Color in Predominantly White Institutions): Our Challenges and Pathways to Success and Power, Place and Identity workshops. Both workshops will be disscussing challenges in regards to identity and finding a solution in sharing experiences to promote awareness and understanding. (Pictured in next slde above)