[category, uc davis events]
Thursday, January 28, 2016
4:00pm, 3201 Hart Hall
Jasmine Syedullah, Ph.D., UC Riverside
“‘NOT CONTRABAND BUT SOLDIER’ THE FUGITIVE JUSTICE OF HARRIET JACOBS’S LOOPHOLES OF ABOLITION"
“‘Not Contraband but Soldier’” is a talk focusing on the second chapter of Syedullah’s current book project, which advances a gendered tradition of radical abolitionist politics inspired by the practical and analytic import of Harriet Jacobs’s critique of both slavery and the kinds of emancipation slavery precipitated. Thinking the gendered protocols of testimony, solidarity, and retreat authored by Harriet
Jacobs in the writing and publication of her 1861 slave narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl alongside the inaugural moments of the prison abolition movement in the 1970s, Syedullah’s manuscript-in-process argues that the struggles of the criminal, the contraband, and the fugitive to inhabit the democratic order represent a distinctly gendered reclamation of the revolutionary spirit, a tendency to seek freedom, not merely as a human right, but also as a fugitive politics, an administration of justice that can hold the nation to account for the concentric dialectics of domestic violence constitutive of the legacy of slavery.
Asian American Studies Program Coordinator
Cultural Studies Graduate Program Coordinator
Hart Interdisciplinary Programs
3102 Hart Hall