This interdisciplinary symposium, hosted by Rutgers University, focuses on how early modern racial discourses are tied to cartographical markers and ambitions. The notions of enmity and region provide a dual dynamic lens for tracing the racial repertoires that developed in response to increasingly hostile contention between early modern cultural and political forces. The symposium will invite scholars to take up this intersection between region and enmity, and to examine how belief in difference, or the emergence of polarizing structures and violent practices, configured race thinking and racial practices in ways that are both unique to different territories and that transcend them.
- Yonatan Binyam (University of California, Los Angeles)
- Allison Blakely (Boston University)
- Ireri E. Chávez-Bárcenas (Bowdoin College)
- Diego Luis (Davidson College)
- Ruen-chuan Ma (Utah Valley University)
- Bindu Malieckal (Saint Anselm College)
- Kelly Nguyen (University of California, Berkeley)
- Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton University)
- Kristina Richardson (Queens College CUNY)
- Miguel A. Valerio (Washington University in St. Louis)
- Cristi Whiskey (University of California, Los Angeles)
- Shao-yun Yang (Denison University)
Sponsored by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library; and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University.