SILENCING THE PAST @ 25 /October 26-27, 2018/ University of Chicago

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October 26-27, 2018

University of Chicago

Regenstein Library, Room 122


The year 2020 will mark the 25th anniversary of the publication of Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s seminal text, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History. This conference will use the occasion of this anniversary to reflect both on the continued importance and afterlife of Silencing the Past (STP) and on its relationship to Trouillot’s larger oeuvre. Proceedings from the conference will be published as a volume in 2020.

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Sponsors:  University of Chicago Department of Anthropology, The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and CultureCenter for International Social Science ResearchCenter for Latin American StudiesThe Franke Institute for the Humanities, and The France Chicago Center



Friday, October 26

Regenstein Library, Room 122

9:00am Opening Remarks: Trouillot’s Concepts & Categories
Conveners: Yarimar BonillaMayanthi FernandoGreg BeckettFrancois Richard

10:00am Keynote: “Trouillot and the Question of Method” A conversation between Saidiya Hartman & Vincent Brown

12:00pm Lunch

1:30pm Panel I: “The West”
Participants: Harvey NeptuneJemima PierreHazel Carby
Chair: Natacha Nsabimana

4:00pm Panel II: “Historicity”
Participants: Herman Bennett, Marisa FuentesMadison Smart Bell
Chair: Stephan Palmié

Saturday, October 27

Regenstein Library, Room 122

10:00am Panel III: “Culture and Power”
Participants: Deborah ThomasChristina SharpeMarlene Daut
Chair: Ryan Jobson

12:00pm: Lunch

1:30pm Panel IV: “Universalism”
Participants: Nadia Abu El-HajGil AnidjarWalter Mignolo
Chair: Hussein Agrama

4:00pm: Closing Keynte: “Trouillot and the Question of Knowledge” A conversation between Colin Dayan & Rinaldo Walcott

6:00p: Reception

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