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All This Rising: The Humanities in the Next Ten Years | Dan-el Padilla Peralta

All This Rising: The Humanities in the Next Ten Years

Darkness Visible: The Haunted House of Classics


Lecture by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Associate Professor of Classics, Princeton University

Drawing on the writings of Avery Gordon, Saidiya Hartman, and César Sánchez Beras, this talk seeks to generate critical momentum around the premise that Classics is a ghostly matter, haunted by its participation in global projects of race-making but intent on denying or veiling its role in them. In heeding the call to resist “happy face Classics” (Rosa Andújar), Padilla Peralta argues for an explicitly foregrounded commitment to a reparative intellectual history of the discipline—one that owns up fully to the field’s past and contemporaneous investments in Euro-American settler-colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade.