Julius was one of four scholars awarded "whose scholarly and/or artistic cutting-edge contributions of inventive, creative works, emphasizing comparative studies and/or artistic accomplishments (i.e. documentary, visual, or musical) have been impacting positively the educational, economic, and artistic lives of African descendants across the African Diaspora."
Julius Fleming, Jr.
Assistant Professor of English
African Diasporic Literature & Performance Studies
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, Maryland
Julius B. Fleming, Jr. earned a doctorate in English, and a graduate certificate in Africana studies, from the University of Pennsylvania. Specializing in African Diasporic literatures and cultures, he has particular interests in performance studies, visual culture, sound studies, philosophy, medicine, and southern studies—especially where they intersect with race, gender, and sexuality. Professor Fleming is currently completing his first book manuscript, entitled “Technologies of Liberation: Performance and the Art of Black Political Thought.” This project uncovers the centrality of theatrical performance to the cultural and political landscapes of the modern Civil Rights Movement. It argues that black theater, like photography and television, was a vital mode of aesthetic innovation and black political thought. Whether staging performances in the cotton fields of Mississippi, on Broadway, or in Amsterdam, Holland, black artists crafted radical theatrical performances that inflected the political character of U.S. modernity, while revising normative ideologies of race, gender, sexuality, and modernity itself during this historical moment.
Professor Fleming is also beginning work on a second book project that traces the historical role of black performance in producing and dismantling the medical industrial complex. Whereas mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex have dominated scholarly and activist discourse, this project makes a case for more evenly attending to the medical industrial complex—both as a critical object of study and a key social justice issue that informs possibilities for being black and human.
His work appears in Callaloo, The James Baldwin Review, and The Southern Quarterly, and is forthcoming in American Literary History and Text and Performance Quarterly. Currently serving as an Associate Editor of Callaloo, he has been awarded fellowships from the University of Virginia's Carter G. Woodson Institute, the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University.