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March 2021

ISRRAR Event–Dr. Samiha Rahman, “Redefining Black Excellence: Ihsan, Islamic Education, and the Tijani Sufi Order”

March 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Zoom, CA
Flyer for Zoom talk for Redefining Black Excellence: Ihsan, Islamic Education, and the Tikani Sufi Order on3/9/21 at 4PM

Since the 1980s, hundreds of predominantly working-class African American Muslim youth have migrated to the West African Tijani Sufi town of Medina Baye, Senegal. They hope to circumvent the antiblackness, Islamophobia, and economic inequality they face in the U.S. in search of a transformative educational encounter in a society where Blackness and Islam constitute the dominant norms. This talk chronicles these young people’s everyday experiences pursuing Islamic education in Medina Baye. Complicating popular notions that link Black excellence to individualistic…

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FOCAL POINT Dialogues in History Webinar II: Empire and Liberation

March 12 @ 1:00 pm
Zoom, CA
Flyer for Focal Point: Herman Bennett, African Kings and Black Slaves: Sovereignty and Dispossession in the Early Modern Atlantic on 3/12/21 at 1PM

Building on the collective knowledge shared in our first webinar, the History Department’s Colloquium Committee warmly invites you to attend the second session of our FOCAL POINT Dialogues in History series.  Inspired by the History Department’s Statement on the George Floyd Uprising and its invocation to understand and interrogate our racialized past and the investments of disciplinary history within it, the series brings together UCSB History faculty and graduate students who have volunteered to lead a dialogue on Black life, race, and…

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April 2021

ISRRAR Event–Dr. Maytha Alhassen, “The Ummic Imperative: A Decolonial Approach to Malcolm X’s Islam”

April 6 @ 4:00 pm
Zoom, CA
Flyer for Zoom talk for The Ummic Imperative: A Decolonial Approach to Malcom X's Islam on 4/6/21 at 4PM

Through an assemblage of multiple archives, Dr. Maytha Alhassen tracks the Malcolm X’s political and spiritual project the last year of his life as he travels across decolonizing geographies. Alhassen contends that undergirding Malcolm X’s Black liberation framework is a praxical commitment to an “ummic imperative.” Engaging Malcolm’s spiritual political philosophies will also serve to interrogate and complicate Third World movement politics. Join this Zoom event at tinyurl.com/isrrarTalk This event is part of the ISRRAR Spring Quarter series.

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Free

Public History Colloquium Event–“Presenting the Medieval Mediterranean: Museums and Archaeology in National Discourse”

April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom, CA
Flyer for Presenting the Medieval MediterraneanL Museum and Archaeology in National Discourse on 4/9/21 at 12PM

Join the History Department’s Colloquium in Public History on Friday, April 9 at noon for a Zoom talk by William Tronzo (History of Art, UC San Diego). From time immemorial, material artifacts have played an important role in political discourse: think simply of the use of the crown (in the United Kingdom) or the throne (for example, the throne of St. Peter in the Roman Catholic Church) in the process of national or institutional self-identification. Over the course of several years,…

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FOCAL POINT Dialogues in History Webinar III: Racial Capitalism and Liberalism

April 16 @ 1:00 pm
Zoom, CA
Flyer for Focal Point Dialogues in History: Conversations featuring faculty and graduate students on Black life, race, and antiblackness in history on 4/16/21 at 1PM

Building on the collective knowledge shared in the two previous webinars, the History Department’s Colloquium Committee warmly invites you to attend the third and final session of our FOCAL POINT Dialogues in History series.  Inspired by the History Department’s Statement on the George Floyd Uprising and its invocation to understand and interrogate our racialized past and the investments of disciplinary history within it, the series brings together UCSB History faculty and graduate students who have volunteered to lead a dialogue on Black…

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ISRRAR Event–Dr. Vincent Brown, “Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War”

April 20 @ 4:00 pm
Zoom, CA
Flyer for Zoom lecture for Tacky's Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War on 4/20/21 at 4PM

Warfare migrates. This has never been more apparent than in the era when the violence of imperial expansion and enslavement transformed Europe, Africa, and the Americas, as they interacted across the Atlantic Ocean. European imperial conflicts extended the dominion of capitalist agriculture. African battles fed captives to the transatlantic trade in slaves. Masters and their human property struggled with one another continuously. These clashes amounted to a borderless slave war: war to enslave, war to expand slavery, and war against slaves,…

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May 2021

ISRRAR Event–Dr. Sylvester Ogbechie, “Godbearer: Yoruba Orisa, Black Atlantic Modernisms and Afrofuturist Imaginaries”

May 4 @ 4:00 pm
Zoom, CA
Flyer for Zoom talk with Dr. Sylvester Ogbechie "Godbearer: Yoruba Orisa, Black Atlantic Modernisms and Afrofuturist imaginaries

Dr. Sylvester Ogbechie‘s work evaluates the resurgence of African gods in Black Atlantic modernisms, contemporary media and Afrofuturist visualities. African deities are everywhere in contemporary culture from the Akan trickster god Anansi and numerous Yoruba Orisa in the American Gods TV series, through images of the Kh’Met (Egyptian) goddess Bast in the Afrofuturist blockbuster movie Black Panther, to the cyberspace narratives of William Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy that centered the Loa (gods) of the Haitian Vodun pantheon as primary characters. This…

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Free

Public History Colloquium Event–”The Queerness of Home: Public History and the Domestic Archive”

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom, CA
Flyer for The Queerness of Home: Public History and the Domestic Archive on 5/7/21 at 12PM

Join the History Department’s Colloquium in Public History on Friday, May 7 at noon for a Zoom talk by Stephen Vider (History, Cornell University). Histories of queer and trans politics and culture have centered almost exclusively on public activism and spaces. Stephen Vider will discuss how his forthcoming book, The Queerness of Home: Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Domesticity After World War II (University of Chicago Press, October 2021) retells LGBT history from the inside out, revealing how LGBT people mobilized home spaces as crucial…

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FOCAL POINT Dialogues in History Keynote Lecture with Prof. Herman Bennett: “Body, Soul & Subject: A History of Difference in the Early-Modern African Atlantic”

May 21 @ 1:00 pm
Zoom, CA
Flyer for Dialogues in History Keynote Lecture - Body, Soul & Subject: A History of Difference in the Early-Modern African Atlantic by Prof. Herman L. Bennett

The History Department’s Colloquium Committee warmly invites you to attend the keynote lecture of our FOCAL POINT Dialogues in History series. The lecture, “Body, Soul & Subject: A History of Difference in the Early-Modern African Atlantic,” will be delivered by Prof. Herman L. Bennett. Herman L. Bennett is Professor at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. A scholar of Latin American history and the African Diaspora, Prof. Bennett’s previous books include Africans in Colonial Mexico: Absolutism, Christianity, and Afro-Creole…

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June 2021

Free

Public History Colloquium Event–”Telling Diverse Stories: The National Park Service Women’s History Initiative and Collaboration in Historic Preservation”

June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom, CA
NPS Public History session on June 4, Page 1

Join the History Department’s Colloquium in Public History on Friday, June 4 at noon for a Zoom talk by Christopher E. Johnson (National Park Service), Anne Lindsay (Public History, CSU Sacramento), and Jenni Sorkin (History of Art and Architecture, UCSB). This presentation describes collaborative work completed under the Women’s History Initiative, one of three national initiatives authorized by the Secretary of the Interior in 2011 to foster greater representation in NPS programs. Johnson will discuss the NPS initiatives, while Profs. Sorkin…

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