We Acknowledge Ours: Celebrating the scholarly impact of Kim Hall’s Things of Darkness

online, November 6, 2020 - November 6, 2020

December 2020 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Professor Kim F. Hall’s foundational contribution to the field of premodern critical race studies, Things of Darkness: Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England, a book that remains vibrant and necessary reading. Leading up to this anniversary, this panel celebrates and considers the legacy Professor Hall’s pathbreaking work has had on early modern studies, academia, and the world. Without Professor Hall’s myriad contributions to literary studies and historiography, a great deal of research currently being produced by exciting new voices in the field would not be possible. Because of her significant academic insight, brilliance, generosity and mentorship, early modern studies is more open, welcoming, and collaborative. This panel brings together scholars to discuss Professor Hall’s influence on their work. It will show how Professor Hall’s research has become a necessary anchor in many areas of early modern studies including adaptation and appropriation studies; the history of race; literary history; queer studies; trans studies; women’s studies; book history; theatre history; food studies; prosody; and attribution studies – just to name a few. Her insights have enhanced early modern scholarship, challenging us all to reassess how we understand the period’s rich diversity.


  • Dr Brandi K. Adams, MIT, Moderator
  • Dr Vanessa I. Corredera, Associate Professor and Department Chair of English, Andrews University, ‘Making Things Through Darkness in Kill Shakespeare: Things of Darkness and Shakespearean Adaptation’
  • Dr Miles P. Grier, Assistant Professor of English, Queen’s College CUNY,  ‘Black Feminist Eyes in Imperial Archives’
  • Dr Mira Assaf Kafantaris, Senior Lecturer of English, the Ohio State University,  ‘What Things of Darkness Taught me About the World’
  • Dr Debapriya Sarkar, Assistant Professor of English and Maritime Studies, University of Connecticut, ‘Ecologies of Race and the English Woman Writer’

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We Acknowledge Ours: Celebrating the scholarly impact of Kim Hall’s Things of Darkness
Location: online
Start Date: November 6, 2020
Start Time: 4:00 pm
End Date: November 6, 2020
End Time: 5:00 pm
Ticket Price: Free
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