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Black Code (co-edited by @jmjafrx and @NewBlackMan)

Delighted to share the latest special issue of the Black Scholar on the convergence of black studies and the digital humanities known as Black Code Studies–co-edited by Mark Anthony Neal and yours truly!

See below:

The Black Scholar is proud to announce the release of “Black Code,” a special issue of the Black Scholar. The guest editors, Jessica Marie Johnson and Mark Anthony Neal, have assembled a collective of digital soothsayers working on the margins of Black Studies, Afrofuturism, radical media, and the digital humanities. Black Code Studies is queer, femme, fugitive, and radical; as praxis and methodology, it waxes insurgent when the need arises. And in this moment, we are in need of Black digital insurgency, one attuned to racial scripts of the past even as it looks to future modes of Black thought and cultural production for inspiration. Barely scratching the surface, this issue welcomes new work and celebrates a Black digital fugitivity that has been present since the beginning of the internet. Our contributors include Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Lauren Cramer, Alessandra Raengo, Tara L. Conley, Ashleigh Wade, Aleia Brown, Joshua Crutchfield, Megan Driscoll, Ahmad Greene-Hayes, and Joy James, with an introduction from Jessica Marie Johnson and Mark Anthony Neal, and cover art from John Jennings celebrating Octavia Butler’s iconic novel Wild Seed.

Preview the introduction by Johnson and Neal, the co-editors, by following this link:
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rtbs20/47/3?nav=tocList

We hope you enjoy the work as much as we enjoyed bringing this phenomenal group of scholars together! Hurray! It’s here!!!

VIDEO: Me (@jmjafrx) at Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body at UICA

Panel Talk: Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body

About the panel:

Join us for a discussion led by a panel of community organizers, scholars, and artists as we investigate depictions of the black female body in art and in United States’ popular culture. The panel will recognize ways that traditional representations of black women aid in systemic racism and marginalization, and will consider methods for using visual language to challenge stereotypes instead of perpetuate them.

Check out the video below and click through for a link to a digital download of the audiobook More than a Woman.

Join Me (@jmjafrx) for the Thursday #UndergroundWGN Panel at #ASALH2017

#TeamTubman and #TeamErnestine mount up!!

Looking forward to participating on this roundtable at this year’s ASALH in Cincinnati!! The show may be canceled, but I’ll be #TeamTubman and #TeamErnestine forever. And I’m joining Regina N. Bradley, Deirdre Cooper Owens, Janell Hobson, and Amrita Chakrabarti Myers to discuss the show, the good, the bad, the provocative, and what it means to have histories of slavery on the small screen.

Details below. Be sure to book your flights for Wednesday so you can join us for this Thursday morning conversation.

And if you haven’t checked out Treva B. Lindsey’s interview with Aisha Hinds, the actress who played Harriet Tubman in the show, read it here.

Honoring Horne and Black Diasporic Resistance at AAIHS

The African American Intellectual History Society recently honored the intellectual and activist work of African diaspora scholar Gerald Horne. Organized by Phillip Luke Sinitiere, if you haven’t yet or IFYMI, definitely explore the posts there by clicking below.

Thank you Phil, Keisha, and everyone at AAIHS for inviting me to contribute!

Me (@jmjafrx) at Smith College on 2/27 on Time Travel, Slavery, New Orleans

La Marie-Séraphine (1770) / Excerpt from Bertrand Guillet, La Marie-Séraphine: Navire négrier, Nantes: Editions MeMo, 2009

Spent a lovely day at Smith College yesterday discussing slavery, Afro-Atlantic history, the politics of writing history about enslaved women (and doing it as a black woman), queering slavery, Afrofuturism, time travel (with many references to the time travel work of Black Quantum Futurism), and digital media.