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For its inaugural cycle, Insurgent Intersections invites scholars, students, activists, artists, and community members to reflect upon and examine “The Roots of Global Anti-Blackness”. During this cycle, we will consider such questions as: What are the philosophical, geographical, and/or economic origins of anti-Blackness? How did anti-Blackness and Indigenous dispossession co-construct the modern world? How are the roots of global anti-Blackness evident in present-day iterations of anti-Blackness?

Keynote Lecture: "How We Got Here: Slavery and the Making of the Modern Police State"

Dr. Leslie Alexander presented "How We Got Here: Slavery and the Making of the Modern Police State" for the inaugural event of Insurgent Intersections: Combating Global Anti-Blackness and this year’s theme. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, delivered introductory remarks for the event. Visit the event page here.



Works-in-Progress Series

The spring 2022 works-in-progress series included presentations from:


Milton Achelpohl, Dept. of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
"Making White Manhood — Anti-Blackness and the Founding of a Nation"

 Henry Snow, Dept. of History
"'Exact to a nicety in calculations of profit and loss:' Global Anti-Blackness, Control Science, and the Rise of Industrial Capitalism"

Dr. K. Sebastian León, Dept. of Latino and Caribbean Studies and Program in Criminal Justice
"Anti-Blackness in U.S. Criminology and Criminal Justice: Racialized Social Control in Dollars and Cents"

Dr. Paul Joseph López Oro, Dept. of Africana Studies at Smith College
"The Afterlives of Mestizaje: Hemispheric Anti-Blackness and Black Indigenous Life"
Special Emerging Scholarship Event co-hosted with the Black Latinx Americas xLab of the Latino and Caribbean Studies Department


Closing Event: The Roots of Global Anti-Blackness: Creating Knowledge at the Intersections of Art, Activism, and Scholarship

The first year of Insurgent Intersections: Combating Global Anti-Blackness, centered on “The Roots of Global Anti-Blackness”, closed with an end-of-year webinar that explored how art, activism and scholarship can help us understand the long history of global anti-Blackness and imagine new possibilities for the future. We were thrilled to welcome a panel of scholar-activists and -artists including Drs. Sarah Bruno, Priscilla Ferreira, Prisca Gayles, Amber Henry, and Alessandra Williams.