Episode 2: Associate Professor Kimberly Juanita Brown on Slavery's Afterlife

Go back to class with Associate Professor Kimberly Juanita Brown as she examines our culture’s perception of Black bodies, imminent death, and the ways these images can cause collective suffering.




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Professor Kimberly Juanita Brown

Brown's research and teaching gather at the intersection of African American/African diaspora literature and visual culture studies. In particular, she is interested in the relationship between visuality and black subjectivity. Her first book, The Repeating Body: Slavery's Visual Resonance in the Contemporary (Duke University Press, 2015) examines slavery's profound ocular construction and the presence and absence of seeing in relation to the plantation space. She is am currently at work on her second book, tentatively titled "Mortevivum: Photography and the Politics of the Visual." This project examines images of the dead in the New York Times in 1994 from four overlapping geographies: South Africa, Rwanda, Sudan and Haiti. "Mortevivum" explores the relationship between photography and histories of antiblackness on the cusp of the twenty-first century.




“I Am Not Your Negro”
Raoul Peck, 2016

“The Black Interior: Essays”
Elizabeth Alexander, 2004

“Native Guard: Poems”
Natasha Trethewey, 2007

“Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America”
Saidiya Hartman, 1997

Toni Morrison, 2004