Elections and Identity Politics Discussed at Pryor Center Presents Lecture Series Tonight
The Pryor Center presents a series of lectures presented by the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History at Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences concludes with “Elections and Identity Politics: Interrogating Group Belonging in Black and White Republics” with Caree A Banton, Associate Professor of African Diaspora History and Director of the African and African American Studies Program.
The conference will take place tonight at 6 p.m. via Zoom, and registration is required.
The Liberian presidential election of 1903 left many people with a lingering question: “Who is this man and where did he come from to rule?” What many found strange was that the newly elected leader had “come do not from our ancestor’s country of birth to this exalted position of Executive Chairman. “The new president, Arthur Barclay, although black as well as his predecessors, had emigrated to Liberia in 1865 from Barbados rather than the United States.
This is not the only time the elections have raised these questions. Across the Atlantic world, cultural pathologies around identity politics tend to emerge at the height of the political campaign. The fact that questions about the legacy of Barack Obama and Kamala Harris have emerged in their campaigns highlights how race, ethnicity, background and indigenousness have shaped public discourse on identity politics. These upheavals reveal long-standing divides around racial, class, national, religious and gender identities whose social and historical meanings are still developing.
Banton received a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Ghana in July 2012 and completed his doctoral work at Vanderbilt University in June 2013. His research focuses on movements around abolition, emancipation and colonization as well as the ideas of citizenship, darkness and nationality in the country. 19th century. Her research has been supported by a number of fellowships, including the Rotary Ambassadors Fellowship, the Andrew M. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, the Lapidus Center Fellowship at the Schomburg Center, and the Nancy Weiss Malkiel Fellowship for Outstanding Fellowships and a participation in service activities.
Banton teaches courses in Caribbean history, African diaspora history, and race. She is a fellow of the U of A Teaching Academy and has been appointed a Master Teacher at Fulbright College. His book, More favorable coasts: Barbadian migration to Liberia, darkness and formation of the African Republic, which explores continuities and mutabilities in black experiences of freedom, citizenship and nation across the Atlantic world was published by Cambridge University Press in May 2019. Banton is currently working on a collaborative project with an archaeologist exploring materials, the objects and architecture of the back movement towards Africa.
About the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History: The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History is an oral history program whose mission is to document the history of Arkansas through the collection of spoken memories and visual material, from preserving the collection to perpetuity and to connect the Arkans and the world to collection via the Internet, television broadcasts, educational programs and other means. The Pryor Center records audio and video interviews on Arkansas history and culture, collates recordings from other organizations, organizes these recordings in an archive, and provides public access to the archives, primarily through the website at pryorcenter .uark.edu. The Pryor Center is the state’s only oral and visual history program with a statewide 75-county mission to collect, preserve and share audio and motion picture recordings of the history of Arkansas.
About Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences: The Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit with three schools, 16 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the core curriculum to all students of the University of Arkansas.
About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas offers internationally competitive education to undergraduate and graduate students in over 200 college programs. The university brings new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research and creative activity while providing services to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the University of Arkansas among just 3% of America’s colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top US public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student / faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentorship.