Race, Blackness, and Romanticism: Dialogues with Professors Simon Gikandi and Lisa Lowe

Race, Blackness, and Romanticism: Dialogues

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Dr. Simon Gilkandi and Dr. Lisa Lowe

Sponsored by
The Boston University Center for the Humanities and the Univ. at Buffalo College of Arts & Sciences, Humanities Institute, and James H. McNulty Chair of English Myung Mi Kim

Presented by Boston Area Romanticist Colloquium and the University at Buffalo

[Additional sessions in this series to be posted soon.]

Beautiful image of a quilt with names of participants in this conference.

Image Design: Catherine Devlin, Boston University 

Convened by Dr. Patricia A. Matthew, dialogues are scheduled for March 10th, March 24th, April 14th, and April 21st. Please see each session description and click on a session date to register.

Race, Blackness, and Romanticism: Dialogues

Please click on the date to register for each session:

March 10th, 12:00-1:30pm EST

Simon Gikandi (Princeton University)
Robert Schirmer Professor and Chair of English
Slavery and the Culture of Taste

Lisa Lowe (Yale University)
Samuel Knight Professor of American Studies and Professor of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and Director of American Studies Graduate Studies
The Intimacies of Four Continents


March 24th, 12:00-1:30pm EST

Peter Brathwaite (Actor/Baritone/Rediscovering Black Portraiture)
Black Portraiture

Paterson Joseph (Actor/Playwright/Writer)
Sancho: An Act of Remembrance


April 14th, 12:00-1:30pm EST

Christienna Fryar (Goldsmith’s University of London)
Lecturer in Black British History and Convenor MA Black British History Programme
Women and Slavery

Jessica Marie Johnson (Johns Hopkins University)
Assistant Professor of History 
Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World


April 21st, 12:00-1:30pm EST

Marcos Gonsalez (Adelphi University)
Assistant Professor of English
Pedro’s Theory: Reimagining the Promised Land

Travis Chi Wing Lau (Kenyon College)
Assistant Professor of English

Convener Bio

Photo of Prof. Patricia A. Matthew, smiling and looking straight ahead.

Dr. Patricia A. Matthew, UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar (English)

Dr. Patricia A. Matthew, associate professor of English at Montclair State University, is a specialist in nineteenth-century British literature and culture and an expert on faculty diversity and inclusion. She is the editor of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure (University of North Carolina Press). Her work has also been published in journals including European Romantic ReviewWomen’s WritingTexas Studies in Literature and Language, and PMLA and in the art and culture magazines The Atlantic and Lapham’s Quarterly. Her diversity and inclusion work has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education,  The Los Angeles Review of Books,  and New York Public Radio’s The Brian Lehrer Show.  She regularly leads workshops, delivers keynotes, and shares her research in public lectures. She is currently writing a book on sugar, protest, and British abolitionist culture and writing a series of essays on race and contemporary adaptations of Jane Austen’s world. 

Notable Awards: National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar; Mellon Foundation Seminar in Interpretation; Diversity Fellow, University of Massachusetts-Amherst  

Areas of Interest/Special Expertise:  19th Century British Literature and Culture; British race and representation (art and portraiture); public scholarship; the public essay; community projects; sharing research beyond traditional academic platforms.

PhD, English Literature, University of Massachusetts—Amherst; MA, English Literature, Northwestern State University; BA, English and American Literature, Centenary College of Louisiana

This presentation will be offered free of charge online.