Dr. Kelly Duke Bryant

Dr. Kelly Duke Bryant

Conferences and Presentations and Papers Oh My!

Dr. Kelly Duke Bryant joined the History department in 2009 and currently teaches a variety of courses in African history, along with historical methods and world history. Over the course of the spring 2017 semester, Dr. Bryant has been heavily engaged in knowledge mobilization. In March, she presented three papers that align with her research interest in African history. 

March 10th:  Dr. Bryant presented a paper at Brown University, as part of a conference on education in Africa.  This paper focused on rebellion and misbehavior among West African students studying in France in the 1920s, and explores the state’s use of repatriation to discipline them.  

March 17th, Dr. Bryant gave a paper at a conference entitled, “The Global History of Black Girlhood,” held at the University of Virginia.  This paper focuses on the ways that girls who were former slaves experienced the exploitative system of state guardianship in post-emancipation Senegal.  

March 31: Dr. Bryant presented a paper at a Rutgers-Camden conference entitled “Diverse (Un)Freedoms and their Ghosts.”  This paper, which also looks at Senegal’s guardianship system, explores both boys’ and girls’ encounters with “(un)freedom.”  

The organizers of the UVA conference  asked Dr. Bryant to submit a revised version of her paper for inclusion in a special issue on the theme of "Black Girls in Relation: Given and Chosen Families,” for the journal Women, Gender, and Families of Color. And the organizers of the Diverse (Un)Freedoms conference at Rutgers-Camden invited her to contribute a chapter to the edited volume they are putting together. This chapter will be a revised version of the paper she presented. In addition, she intends to publish an article or two independently.

Dr. Bryant also presented at a fourth conference in late spring/early summer.  This was the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth conference, held June 21-23, 2017 at Rutgers-Camden, and her paper was entitled “‘Serious Acts of Indiscipline’: Rebellion and Transgression among Senegalese Students in France, 1870s-1920s."