After our co-director Djesika experienced an act of anti-black racial profiling at the annual Society for Classical Studies annual meeting, we decided to make our own conference in response.
Our conference is called Naked Soul: A Conference for All of Us for the following reasons:
1) After the end of Plato’s Gorgias – a dream of being judged by our works, not our bodies (Gorgias 523a-527c)
2) As a reference to Professor Dan-el Padilla Peralta’s article that asks why we are expected to sever our minds from our bodies as POC academics.
3) A tongue-in-cheek allusion to “soul” as associated with Blackness.
4) Our desire for this conference to nakedly and unabashedly invite us to confront our racism and celebrate and center black excellence.