Scholarly Borderlands

Sowing Resolution: The Case for Reparations in Action

What is the true impact of racial slavery in the United States today? Newly available archival sources and new technological methods create unprecedented possibilities for understanding America’s past, especially as it pertains to racial and ethnic groups that have been systematically excluded from traditional social and historical analyses. In 1838, Georgetown College (now University) sold more than 272 enslaved people (the GU272) “down river” to secure its financial health. The Georgetown Slavery Archive is beginning to bring to light, in unprecedented detail, how an entire community was transformed by slavery. As a national conversation about reparations takes root, the Social …

The Other Uncertainty: Social, Political, and Cultural Forms of Uncertainty in Weather Contexts.

Earlier this month, program staff from SSRC’s Scholarly Borderlands initiative attended the Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Phoenix, where they hosted a series of panels entitled “The Other Uncertainty: Social, Political, and Cultural Forms of Uncertainty in Weather Contexts.” These multidisciplinary panels aimed to bring deeper understanding of the complex social aspects of uncertainty into conversation with a field that is primarily focused on eliminating uncertainty from probabilistic forecasting models. Invited speakers from across the social sciences spoke to the myriad sources of individual, social, and cultural ambiguity that emerge, interact, operate, and propagate throughout the life …

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