Jun 05 2024

Introducing the OSI 2024 Faculty: Bryan Wagner

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It is our pleasure to welcome back Bryan Wagner as a member of the OSI 2024 faculty! Bryan Wagner is Professor in the English Department and American Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery (Harvard, 2009), The Tar Baby: A Global History (Princeton, 2017), The Wild Tchoupitoulas (33 ⅓ Series, 2019), and The Life and Legend of Bras-Coupé: The Fugitive Slave Who Fought the Law, Ruled the Swamp, Danced at Congo Square, Invented Jazz, and Died for Love (LSU, 2019). Bryan will convene a workshop with Jeannine DeLombard on questions of Legal Personhood, Police and Civil Rights Activism.

He is co-editor of Looking for Law in All the Wrong Places (Fordham, 2019), and Principal Investigator for two multidisciplinary collaborations in the digital humanities: Louisiana Slave Conspiracies, an interactive archive of trial manuscripts related to slave conspiracies organized at the Pointe Coupée Post in the Spanish territory of Louisiana in 1791 and 1795, and Tremé 1908, which tells the story of one year in the everyday life of an extraordinary neighborhood that was a crucible for civil rights activism, cultural fusion, and musical innovation. He is currently writing The People’s Court: Law and Performance from Slavery to the Civil Rights Movement, a book that reconstructs a tradition of minor jurisprudence in African American music, folklore, and vaudeville comedy, and working on a public humanities collaboration, An Open Classroom on New Orleans Culture, with partnering organizations including Neighborhood Story Project and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.

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