The Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship is pleased to host a roundtable to kick off the 2022–2023 academic year. Titled “A Department of Reparations?” the roundtable will feature Lisa Lowe (Yale) and Adom Getachew (U Chicago), in conversation with RIC Director Nathan Connolly and Joyce Wang (JHU ’22). It will take place on Tuesday, September 13, from 7pm to 9pm, in Gilman 50, with a reception to follow.
This roundtable will assess new directions in the study of racism, diaspora, and indigeneity at Johns Hopkins University. Featuring eminent colleagues, as well as a presentation from undergraduate organizers, the event will open up space to think through the future of scholarly approaches to the study of racism, and the relationship between the academy and anti-racist organizing and repair more broadly. The roundtable comes out of a year-long effort within the RIC community to reckon with institutionalized racism. It marks the program’s commitment to carving out new scholarly spaces for critical, comparative studies of racism beyond identitarian modes of knowledge production over the course of the coming years, as well as practical reparative solutions. It will focus on ways to re-structure knowledge production on racism beyond inherited frameworks, and producing knowledge grounded in transnational, anti-racist solidarities.