Adrienne Brown and Adom Getachew met with Saidiya Hartman in the offices of Critical Inquiry to discuss the varieties of unfreedom that Hartman continues to explore in her work. Hartman was the 2018 Critical Inquiry Visiting Professor. She is the author of Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth Century America (1997) and Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (2007). Her University of Chicago seminar last spring examined the sociological, literary, and historical work of W. E. B. Du Bois from The Philadelphia Negro (1899) to Dusk of Dawn (1940).
Lauren Berlant asks participants of “The Soup Is On” about their engagement with theory and optimism for what writing can do. The June 2018 conference launched Berlant and Katie Stewart’s The Hundreds (2018), their forthcoming experiment in form, attention, and generative worlding. Apart from Stewart and Berlant, every conference experimenter wrote an index for the book, reorganizing it in their own register and mode. Their collaborative effort aspires to jumpstart a community conversation about what critical thinking can look like, sound like, and be for.
To read more about the conference and its participants, visit the 3CT website.