Archives Unbound: 50 Years of Hope, Resistance and Rebellion

Event Date: 

Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 5:00pm to Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 6:00pm

Event Location: 

  • UCSB

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"Archives Unbound: 50 Years of Hope, Resistance and Rebellion” is the inaugural conference in celebration of a major archival gift from Cedric J. Robinson and Elizabeth P. Robinson to UCSB.  The conference will be held May 30 to June 1, 2024, on the UCSB campus and will feature distinguished speakers such as Angela Davis, Gina Dent, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Shana Redmond, Erica Edwards, HTL Quan, Carol Boyce Davis, Fred Moten, Stefano Harney, Arun Kundnani, Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, Moon-Ho Jung, and more.  

The late Cedric J. Robinson was professor and former chair of both the departments of Black Studies and of Political Science at UCSB, the long-time director of the Center for Black Studies Research, and a pre-eminent scholar of Black radicalism, African diaspora, internationalism, political theory, racial capitalism, and media and politics. His writings have wide-ranging influence in academia, and in many public arenas. He also mentored and advised the dissertations of dozens of students who have gone on to be influential scholars and practitioners in various disciplines. His books include, most notably, Terms of Order: Political Science and the Myth of Leadership (1980); Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (1983); Black Movements in America (1997); An Anthropology of Marxism (2001); and Forgeries of Memory & Meaning: Blacks & the Regimes of Race in American Theater & Film Before World War II (2007).
Elizabeth Peters Robinson has been a community media activist, advocate and producer at the local, national and international levels for more than 40 years. Her programs include “No Alibis” and “Third World News Review” on KCSB Radio, where she worked as the Associated Students Associate Director for Media and KCSB Advisor. She has worked with the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and participated and covered international meetings like the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the World Social Fora, the World Summit on the Information Society, and the Americas Social Forum. As a journalist, feminist of color in media, and Arab American, she is particularly committed to providing corrective information about the Middle East for listeners and viewers. Her writings can be found in Race & Class, Futures of Black Radicalism, and elsewhere.
The Capps Center is proud to co-sponsor this conference along with many other campus and community organizations.
Preliminary Program
May 30
5:00pm A Celebration of the Robinson Archives and Keynote Address:
Robin DG Kelley (by invitation only)
May 31
8:00-8:45am Welcome & Opening Remarks: Charles Hale, Dean of Social Sciences
9:00-10:45am Panel 1: The Legacies of Black Marxism, 40 Years Later:
Ruth Wilson Gilmore (participating remotely), Shana Redmond, Erica Edwards, and HLT Quan
11:00-12:45pm Panel 2: Whither Racial Capitalism Now?
Chris McAuley and Kylie Gaines, Zachary Levenson, Onur Ulas Ince, and Carol Boyce Davies
1:00-2:30pm Lunch Panel: On the Legacies of the 20th Anniversary Conference on Black Marxism
Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, HLT Quan, Francoise Cromer, Marisela Marquez, Jeanne Scheper and Gerard Pigeon
3:00-4:45 pm Panel 3: Third World and Black Internationalisms
Sherene Seikaly, Moon Ho-Hung, Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, and Steven Osuna
June 1
9:00-10:45am Panel 4: Culture, Media, and Regimes of Race
Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, Sophie Toupin, and Arun Kundnani
1:00-2:45pm Panel 5: Archives Unbound
Jordan Camp and Christina Heatherton, Yousuf Al-Bulushi, Matthew Harris, and Joshua Myers
3:00-4:45pm Panel 6: Futures of the Black Radical Tradition
Damien Sojoyner, Gaye Theresa Johnson, Avery Gordon, and Jaime Alves
5:00-6:00pm Final Keynote: “An Opening, Not a Closing”
Elizabeth Robinson in conversation with Angela Davis and Gina Dent