Society of Scholars
The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations who contribute to and learn from one another’s work. Each year, approximately eight faculty and three dissertation research fellowships support members of the Society of Scholars. Scholars in year-long residence at the University of Washington may be invited to participate as well. The group meets biweekly throughout the year to discuss their research in progress.
2023 - 2024 Society of Scholars
2023 - 2024 Society of Scholars Fellow
Frances O'Shaughnessy (they/them/theirs)
Black Revolution on the Sea Islands
“Black Revolution on the Sea Islands” historicizes practices of freedom and property amongst Gullah Geechee peoples during the Civil War and Reconstruction. It narrates Gullah Geechee peoples’ destruction of planter property, within themselves and the land, as the destruction of property itself – as an idea, as a thing, and as an essence – an anti-proprietary freedom, whose ethics encouraged Black women to let cotton decay and die so its nutrients may grow food in its place.