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4/13 "Democracy and Freedom Between Past and Future" conference (Griffin 3, 9am-5pm)

Posted Thursday April 11 by Neil Roberts

On this upcoming Saturday April 13th will be the conference, "Democracy and Freedom Between Past and Future," sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann '50 Program in Democratic Studies. The conference is free and open to the public.

Students, faculty, staff, and anyone interested in the day's event are welcome to attend. See below for details.

Respectfully submitted,
Neil Roberts
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https://events.williams.edu/event/democracy-and-freedom-between-past-and-future/

Democracy and Freedom Between Past and Future
Conference, Saturday April 13th, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Griffin Hall, Room 3

At this conference on Democracy and Freedom Between Past and Future, a distinguished group of panelists will examine the theory and practice of two key concepts that have integrally shaped discourses and phenomena from antiquity to our contemporary moment. What is a democracy? What does it mean to refer to a democracy dying or being forged? How are we to understand freedom? Should we link or decouple freedom and slavery? What is the relationship between democracy and freedom? Are democracy and freedom mutually reinforcing or incompatible ideals? To what extent do our interpretations of democracy and freedom impact notions such as statecraft, civil society, family, the individual, groups, and governance? Do conceptions of race, gender, sex, sexuality, class, ability, and nation transform the theoretical frameworks and real-world articulations of the free life and democratic life?

Schedule of Events:

8:50-9 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Neil Roberts, Williams College

9-10:30 a.m. Enslavement, Dignity, and Genres of Freedom

Nick Bromell, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
“Power, Dignity, Rights: The Political Philosophy of Frederick Douglass”

Jasmine Syedullah, Vassar College
“The Hearts We Beat: Reflections on the Kinds of Freedom She Wanted While Still within the Hold of Slavery”

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Disposability, Fugitivity, Resistance: On the Relationship Between Democracy and Freedom

Angélica Bernal, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
“Democracy, Colonialism, and Indigenous Resistance”

Marisa Fuentes, Rutgers University
“Refuse Lives and the Failures of Freedom: The Origins of Black Disposability and the Transatlantic Slave Trade”

George Shulman, New York University
“Fred Moten’s Refusals and Consents: Natality, Commonality, and the Politics of Fugitivity”

1:45-3:15 p.m. Pluralism, Economy, and the Public Sphere

Víctor Muñiz-Fraticelli, McGill University
“Democracy and Pluralism”

Emily Nacol, University of Toronto
“Work, Poverty, and Freedom: Early Modern Legacies”

Deva Woodly, The New School for Social Research
“The Practice of Freedom: Developing and Maintaining a Democratic Habitus by Re-politicizing Public Life”

3:30-5 p.m. Language, Struggle, and Belonging

Lawrie Balfour, University of Virginia
“Toni Morrison’s Word-Work as a Practice of Freedom”

John Drabinski, Amherst College
“Vernacular Culture and the Question of Belonging”

Keisha-Khan Perry, Brown University
“The Black Feminist Struggle for Social Democracy in Brazil”

All are welcome! Sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies.
Tag us on Social Media using #DemocracyFreedomWilliams

Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/496587100874857/

LINKS TO SPEAKER BIOS:

Lawrie Balfour, University of Virginia:
https://politics.virginia.edu/lawrie-balfour/

Angélica Bernal, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
https://polsci.umass.edu/people/angelica-bernal

Nick Bromell, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
https://www.umass.edu/english/member/nicholas-bromell

John Drabinski, Amherst College
https://www.amherst.edu/people/facstaff/jedrabinski

Víctor Muñiz-Fraticelli, McGill University
https://www.mcgill.ca/law/about/profs/muniz-fraticelli-victor

Marisa Fuentes, Rutgers University
https://history.rutgers.edu/faculty-dire…/346-fuentes-marisa

Michael Hanchard, University of Pennsylvania (keynote speaker)
https://africana.sas.upenn.edu/people/michael-hanchard

Emily Nacol, University of Toronto
https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/political-science/assistant-professor-emily-nacol

Keisha-Khan Perry, Brown University
https://vivo.brown.edu/display/kyperry

George Shulman, New York University
https://gallatin.nyu.edu/people/faculty/gms1.html

Jasmine Syedullah, Vassar College
https://www.vassar.edu/faculty/jsyedullah/

Deva Woodly, The New School for Social Research
https://www.newschool.edu/nssr/faculty/deva-woodly/