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Society as a Broadband Network

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Saidiya Hartman and Lola Olufemi: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
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Saidiya Hartman and Lola Olufemi: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments

At the beginning of the 20th Century, the first emancipated generation of black women in the USA were obliged, sometimes enabled and often hindered in creating new ways of living after the abolition of slavery. In Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments (Profile), Professor Saidiya Hartman tells the inspiring and surprising stories of these pioneers, whose discoveries about how to be in the world have been followed and emulated by people, black, white, gay, straight, cis, trans and other, ever since. Hartman was in conversation about her work with writer and activist Lola Olufemi.

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