We are a group of students committed to thinking through black historical aesthetics, working toward a radical epistemic disobedience.

Bryant is an abolitionist researcher interested in Black avant-garde studies, and the practice of experimentalism as it surfaces across 20th century Black literary genres, cultural formations, and political movements. He studies absurd, marvelous and fantastic strategies for survival. You will likely find him procrastinating at a local park. 

Malcolm holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the George Washington University, and an M.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Africana Studies from the Graduate Center, CUNY. His previous research considers the 1917 Houston rebellion within the broader context of Black radicalism during the First World War.  He is currently interested in the epistemic and ontological impacts of Black killing of white people. He is particularly interested in the role that this killing plays in relation to Black social-political movements, and the space that it occupies in the Black imagination. Other interests include Black masculinity, anti-colonialism and Black existential thought.

Melaine is a doctoral student in the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University. Her research interests include political theory and action, Black feminist theory, and visual and performance art. She is currently exploring the role the arts play in creating new political visions and histories for marginalized groups and the impact of race, gender, and sexual identity on the operation of power and resistance. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College, where she concentrated in Women’s Studies and African Diaspora & the World, and is a 2019-2020 recipient of the Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Collaborative Humanities at Brown.

Justin is a doctoral student in the Africana Studies program at Brown University. His research interests include black anarchism, black geographies, abolition, autonomy, and black ecological thought. Find him in the field or in the woods.

Wilton is a graduate of the University of the Western Cape where he spent two years as an MA fellow at the Center for Humanities Research and earned an MA in history. He is a first year PhD student at Brown University and his work currently sits at the intersection between history writing, music, and Black sonic studies. He is a firm anticolonialist.