Brown Bag Book Talk – Elijah Gaddis, Gruesome Looking Objects : A New History of Lynching and Everyday Things (Cambridge University Press)

Posted on September 23, 2022

Elijah Gaddis, Assistant Professor of History at Auburn University, will present his forthcoming book Gruesome Looking Objects: A New History of Lynching and Everyday Things, on October 6 during a session organized by the LARCA research center, Université Paris Cité.

Can ordinary objects become repositories for the memorialization of racial violence and white supremacy? In Gruesome Looking Objects, published this November by Cambridge University Press, Elijah Gaddis analyzes material traces from the lynching of two black men, Tom Johnson and Joe Kizer, who were murdered in 1898. Objects such as newspaper articles, fragments of clothing, photographs, and pieces of the hanging tree were collected, preserved, or sometimes recreated to serve as symbols or relics of racial violence. Gaddis approaches these everyday objects through interdisciplinary methods, drawing on ethnography, space and landscape studies, and material and cultural history, to better understand the lingering attachment to objects of racial violence.

The discussion and Q&A will be moderated by Esther Cyna, Assistant Professor in American History & Society at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.


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The session will take place from 12:30 to 2:00 pm in room 830, Olympe de Gouge building, 75013 Paris. You will need to provide and temporarily deposit a formal identification document in order to access the elevators. Participants are invited to bring their own lunch for this brown bag book talk.