Living the Archive of William R. Jones: A Symposium

January 19-21, 2023

"And as we work towards community health and harmony through our commemorations may we be reminded again that community peace is not the absence of conflict (an inescapable feature of human community) but the absence of violence.”

– Dr. William R. Jones

William R Jones standing at a podium speaking into a mic

Florida State University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives, Department of Religion, and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), in collaboration with Darrell Jones, invite you to join us for Living the Archive of William R. Jones, January 19-21, 2023.

This call invites former students, scholars, colleagues, and interested community members to the launch of the William R. Jones Papers and to continue the discourse of his legacy and thinking. These dialogues will enhance understanding of the archive’s context, meaning and impact and adding to the archival context for the William R. Jones Papers and to the published literature on Dr. Jones’ work.

In addition to the archive unveiling, a series of performances and panels will showcase original research on his life adding to the archival context for the published literature on Dr. Jones’ work.

His life is a potent case study for his own work, and this intimate symposium will bring a multidisciplinary network into dialogue with the William R. Jones Papers and into exploration of the ideas and legacy of Dr. William R. Jones.

Dr. William R. Jones is an internationally recognized and celebrated activist, scholar, philosopher, theologian and educator who dedicated his career to the analysis and methodology of oppression and working with others in their anti-oppression initiatives. His eminent scholarship transformed studies in the areas of Africana Philosophy, Multiculturalism, Liberation Theology and Oppression. In his renowned role as an educator, his transformative teaching influenced generations of students and colleagues who now work across the totality of economic, social and political endeavors.

Thursday, January 19

Heritage Museum
Living the William R. Jones Archive

Darrell Jones and Monifa Love: A Spoken Word and Moving Body Tribute

Opening Celebration & Reception

Please join us to celebrate the life and work of Dr. William R. Jones and the opening of his archival collections. RSVP for attendance to this in person event specifically.

Friday, January 20

Archival Interactions/Research Symposium Day 1

10am - Noon
Strozier Library, 2nd Floor
Archival Interactions/Research Symposium Day 1 Introduction to the William R. Jones Papers and Discussion

Katie McCormick, Associate Dean of Libraries for Special Collections & Archives and Prof. Darrell Jones will discuss his original and innovative approach to inventorying his father’s archive and other FSU projects linked to William R. Jones’s legacy and how the symposium will contribute directly to them.

Archival Interaction – Immersive experience with the William R. Jones Papers
Noon - 1pm Lunch on Your Own
1pm- 2:30pm
Strozier Library, 2nd Floor
Roundtable Discussion on Archival Methods for Curation and Community Engagement

Katie McCormick, Rory Grennan, Director of Archives & Manuscripts, and Prof. Darrell Jones will detail their vision of the archive as a resource for humanities research and artistic creation.

3pm - 5pm
Montgomery Hall, Studio 404
Watch the Hips, not the Lips: An Interactive and Embodied Approach to Researching Dr. Jones’ Legacy

Maria Bauman and MBDance, Dr. Chioke l’Anson, and Prof. Darrell Jones. After years of friendship and dance dialogues across distance, Darrell Jones invited Maria Bauman to engage physically with his father's work. A former student of Dr. Jones, Maria was happy to join Darrell's creative archiving practice. That soon led to her own line of creative inquiry of Dr. Jones' work and of his memory, becoming the 2022 and 2023 Inaugural Fellow for the Dr. William R. Jones Archive Residency program at MANCC. In this session, Maria Bauman and MBDance with Dr. Chioke l'Anson will provide a window into what embodied research, or physicalized scholarship, can be as these dance makers engage Dr. Jones extensive archive materials (recordings, papers, books, images, ephemera).

Limit 30

5pm - 6:30pm Reception

Saturday, January 21

Research Symposium Day 2

9:30am - 10:30am
William Johnson Lecture Hall
Gathering, Coffee available

10am - 11:30am
William Johnson Lecture Hall
Panel Discussion

William R. Jones and His Speculations on Black Life
Dr. Monifa Love

Neo-Racism and the Shortcomings of Religious Liberalism
Dr. Jamil W. Drake (virtual presentation)

William R. Jones and Developments in Black Theology
Dr. Anthony Pinn

Transgressing and Transforming Conventional Boundaries in Black Liberation Theology
Dr. Brittany L. O’Neal (virtual presentation)

Reflections on My Father
Prof. Darrell Jones

11:30am - 12pm Lunch on Your Own
12pm - 1:30pm
William Johnson Lecture Hall
Bebe Miller Company, improvised performance, following a pre-performance discussion about disruptions, constructive theology, and humanist thought and practice while Black (salon format)
1:30pm - 1:45pm Break
1:45pm - 3:15pm
William Johnson Lecture Hall
Closing Session
“A Way Station for Understanding the Inherited Dilemmas of Oppression”

Dr. Monifa Love & Dr. Billy Close

Hosted By

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Maggie Allesee national center for choreograhy
FSU department of religion