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).
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