Spring 2023 SSF Events


Black Methodologies, Still

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Katherine McKittrick is Professor of Gender Studies and Canada Research Chair in Black Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. She authored Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle (UMP, 2006) and edited and contributed to Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis (DUP, 2015). Her most recent monograph, Dear Science and Other Stories (DUP, 2021) is an exploration of black methodologies.

This presentation is divided into two parts. In the first part, Dr. McKittrick offers a confession and a reflection about geography, geographic knowledge, and race, considering how alternative spatial practices and black geographies are obscured by prevailing knowledge systems. The second part of the presentation focuses on Dr. McKittrick’s ongoing preoccupation with methodology and how radical methodologies are connected to practices of liberation, highlighting what black studies teaches us about sharing and creating ideas. This presentation draws on Dear Science and Other Stories.

Organized by the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems and cosponsored by the Center for Social Science Scholarship.

How Psychologists Failed

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Fathali Moghaddam, Professor, Department of Psychology; Director, Conflict Resolution Program, Department of Government
Georgetown University

We psychologists neglected the poor and minorities, favored the rich and privileged, and got science wrong and now this is what we have to do to get things right.

Organized by the Department of Psychology and cosponsored by the Center for Social Science Scholarship.

Adverse Childhood Events, Trafficking, and the Health of Runaway and Homeless Youth

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Eric Wright, Distinguished University Professor of Sociology and Public Health Chair, Department of Sociology, Georgia State University

Over the past decade, global interest in trafficking has grown significantly. Wright will provide an overview of his 2018 Atlanta Youth Count, a community-engaged study of runaway and homeless youth (RHY), that was designed to estimate the size of the RHY population in metro-Atlanta and the nature and extent of these vulnerable people’s involvement of sex and labor trafficking. His work highlights the special significance of early adverse childhood events in shaping both their health and well-being as well as their risk of being trafficked.

Organized by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health.  Cosponsored by the departments of Psychology and Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies, and the Center for Social Science Scholarship.

T.O.B.A. Time: Black Show Business and the Theater Owners Booking Association in 1920s America

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Michelle R. Scott, Professor, UMBC Department of History, Affiliate Faculty in the GWST, LLC, and Africana Studies Departments

This talk centers on Michelle Scott’s new monograph, T.O.B.A. Time: Black Vaudeville and the Theater Owners Booking Association in Jazz Age America. T.O.B.A. Time is an intriguing account of black entertainment and black business during the 1920 and 30s. It details origins of artists and entrepreneurs like S.H. Dudley, Bessie Smith, Butterbeans & Susie, and Cab Calloway, and the theater circuit that made them famous in segregated America.

Organized by the Department of History and cosponsored by the Center for Social Science Scholarship.

Collaborative Practice in Archaeology:  Why Human Context Matters

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Alison WylieProfessor, Canada Research Chair (Tier I), Philosophy of the Social and Historical Sciences, Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia

Archaeology may seem an unlikely place for community-based collaborative research to take root but, in fact, it has a rich tradition of public engagement, and in settler-colonial contexts it is being transformed by powerful and insistent demands to decolonize its practice. Bearing in mind the challenge posed by Tuck and Yang – that “decolonization is not a metaphor” – Dr. Wylie explores the question of what’s required to do archaeological research in the context of ethical and respectful, community-led partnerships with Indigenous descent communities.

Organized by the Human Context of Science and Technology program.  Cosponsored by the departments of American Studies; Ancient Studies; Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies; Philosophy; Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health; and the Center for Social Science Scholarship.