Resistance: A Call and Response Discussion

Event description

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Free

In the face of oppression, we cannot look away. In the words of bell hooks, “By courageously looking, we defiantly declared: ‘Not only will I stare. I want my look to change reality.’” This conversation aims to shed light on the histories of resistance—tracing a lineage to how resistance is mobilized in our current moment. Where does resistance begin? How do we gauge its efficacy? And what is our obligation as scholars to foster, support, engage in, and challenge forms of resistance? 

Event logistics

Resistance: a Call and Response discussion will be held on zoom and is free for anyone to attend. It is scheduled for July 23, 2024 at 1:00 pm MST (4:00 p.m. EST). 

An email with instructions on how to join the Zoom webinar will be sent to the email you registered with.

The event will be recorded and shared on the ACMRS YouTube channel in the weeks following. 

About Call and Response

This discussion is part of a digital event series hosted by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and sponsored by the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University. Every summer, we bring together scholars of premodern history, literature, and culture to discuss a pressing issue in our present moment and to shed light upon its long historical relevance. Past discussions have addressed issues such as police violence, archival erasure, and reproductive justice. 


Tarren Andrews is Bitterroot Salish, a documented descendant of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and assistant professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies in ethnicity, race, and migration at Yale University where she also holds an affiliate faculty appointment in medieval studies. She teaches across a wide range of contemporary Indigenous literatures and new medias, as well as core courses in critical Indigenous Thought and Theory, and cultural histories of Old English. She has articles forthcoming in "Viator and Speculum", and is also at work on her first book project, "The Formations of Settler Colonialism: Law and Literature in the Early Medieval North Atlantic, 600-1100". 

Eric L. De Barros is an assistant professor of English specializing in Shakespeare at the American University of Sharjah. His research centers on the politics of embodied subjectivity in early modern literary and educational texts. He has authored several articles on the topic, and his main book project, "Shakespeare and the Pedagogy of Sexual Violence: Race, Class, and the Redefinition of Masculinity", endeavors to re-think Shakespeare as an ethically oriented educational theorist with much to teach us about how education reflects, shapes, and interrogates cultural norms. In that spirit, he has developed and taught a range of cross-historical, politically responsive courses over a period of twenty years at several institutions of higher learning.

Farah Karim-Cooper is a professor of Shakespeare Studies, at King’s College London and director of education (higher education and research) at Shakespeare’s Globe, where she has worked for the last 20 years. Farah served as president of the Shakespeare Association of America 2021-2022 after serving 5 years on the board of trustees. She received the British Shakespeare Association Fellowship Award 2023 for her contribution to Shakespeare Studies and inclusivity.

Her most recent book, "The Great White Bard: Shakespeare, Race and the Future" (2023) was voted top 100 books of 2023 by "Time Magazine", NPR, and "The New Yorker". From October 2024, Farah will be the Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Event contact

M McDonough

Tuesday, July 23, 2024


1:00 pm2:00 pm (MST)