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Reparations Reconsidered

The Race and Ethnic Studies Institute (RESI) invites you to attend our upcoming colloquia on Thursday, February 23 at 12 PM CDT in Rudder Tower 501, featuring Dr. Rinaldo Walcott, Carl V. Granger Chair in African American Studies, from the University of Buffalo (SUNY). Dr. Walcott’s teaching and research are in the area of Black […]

The Race and Ethnic Studies Institute (RESI) invites you to attend our upcoming colloquia on Thursday, February 23 at 12 PM CDT in Rudder Tower 501, featuring Dr. Rinaldo Walcott, Carl V. Granger Chair in African American Studies, from the University of Buffalo (SUNY). Dr. Walcott’s teaching and research are in the area of Black diaspora cultural studies and postcolonial studies with an emphasis on questions of sexuality, gender, nation, citizenship, and multiculturalism. This talk considers the paradox of reparations for slavery and its afterlife of antiblack racism that followed in the wake of emancipation.

Dr. Walcott is interested in how diaspora formations complicate what reparations might mean across various geographies. Returning to an argument about who might be the proper subject of reparations, Dr. Walcott argues that reparations requires Black people to indulge in new fantasies of who we are and were rather than who we might be and become. Thinking of reparations beyond the logic of the economic and the material Dr. Walcott attempts to bring the psychic dimension of reparations into an encounter with the economic and the political to discern the question “what might reparations be good for?”

Join us in person and get to learn more about Dr. Walcott’s research on Thursday, February 23 at 12PM. Registration is now open! Use this link to register: bit.ly/3Wq1OSZ