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 Victor Peterson

Victor Peterson II

Victor Peterson II's research centers Articulation theory--how relations of subordination and dominance emerge--and applies it to study global conceptions of blackness and the sound of social movements. Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Victor takes up the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies call to advance Articulatory methods in his work on Race, racialization, and Black Arts Movements. His current project develops improvisation as a model of socio-cultural and political formation. Before Rutgers, Victor held fellowships at Institutes for Advanced Study at the University of Johannesburg, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Edinburgh (IASH), and taught courses at The New School and New York University. Victor has published articles in The Journal of Black Studies, The CLR James Journal, as well as others, and recently published his first book, Black Thought: a Theory of Articulation (Routledge African and African Diaspora Series, 2022). His upcoming monograph, R|D: Articulation and Representational Divergence, will be published by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

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 La-Toya Scott

 La-Toya Scott’s research reflects an investment in Black life past institutionalized subjectivity (that focuses primarily on Black death and pain) and expands the conversation into the next step— the cultivation of safe spaces/modern-day hush harbors for healing, transformation, and community-building—within the afterlife of slavery and modern-day technological mediums and platforms. La-Toya’s current work analyzes the internal and external responses to the construction of Black safe spaces in multiple and diverse forms (primarily finding roots in Black literature, Black film, and social media platforms). La-Toya has published articles in Supernatural Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Art, Media, and Culture, Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, and more. Raised in Florida, she uses her lived experiences from her time there, along with Black Feminist theory and practice, to draw implications for anti-racist praxis across fields and disciplines.