At a time when COVID-19 makes protesting in person even more dangerous than usual, international activists from Cape Town to Palestine have loudly proclaimed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Similarly, BLM activists have proclaimed their support for international allies who are protesting racial injustices and police violence across the world. This symposium brings together transnational scholars and students to interrogate how solidarity for Black Lives functions across differences in societies and regimes. The symposium will feature three keynote speakers and a graduate student panel.
January 28th 9am-3pm (keynotes):
9:00-10:30: Keynote 1: Maina Kiai: "What does Black Lives Matter mean for democracy in Africa and the US?"
11:00-12:30: Keynote 2 : Noura Erakat: "Solidarity is a Verb: Historical Articulations of Palestinian Transnational Solidarity and Contemporary Renewals"
1:30-3:00: Keynote 3: Yomaira Figueroa-Vasquez: "“Archives of Olvido: Disappearances, Femicide, and Black Puerto Rican Life”
January 29th 9am-11am (student panel)
Tiffany Pennamon: “Site of Memory: Remembering Black Futures from The Netherlands to Cape Town"
Kimberly Williams: “Verzuz and International, Otherworldly Reverb”
Belay Alem: "Property Matters in Black Lives"