2017-2018 Kemp Malone Speaker



Dr. Kimberly Juanita Brown

Mount Holyoke

The Kemp Malone Lecture and Seminar Series is happy to announce that our speaker for the 2017-2018 academic year is Kimberly Juanita Brown. Dr. Brown is Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies at Mount Holyoke College and currently an Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

kim-brown-the-repeating-body-2-e1500784536244Her research gathers at the intersection of contemporary black diasporic literature, critical race theory and visual culture studies. Brown’s most recent book, The Repeating Body: Slavery’s Visual Resonance in the Contemporary (Duke University Press), examines slavery’s profound ocular construction and the presence and absence of seeing in relation to the plantation space and the women who exist there. Brown is currently at work on her second book, tentatively titled Their Dead Among Us: Photography, Melancholy, and the Politics of the Visual, which examines images of the dead in The New York Times in 1994 from four geographies: South Africa, Rwanda, Sudan, and Haiti. As the founder and convener of the internationally known working group The Dark Room: Race and Visual Culture Studies Seminar, Dr. Brown has been called “the nation’s leading scholar on African American and visual culture.”

Dr. Brown’s interdisciplinary scholarship, extensive archival background, her willingness to engage students, and her incisive insight promise a phenomenal spring 2018 Kemp Malone Lecture and Seminar and we hope you can join us for them!