Professor Lolita Buckner Inniss has been named a fellow of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS-France)-New York University (NYU- U.S.) Memory Project. In 2011-2012, she will participate in a research project on the topic of “Memory and Memorialization: Representing Trauma and War.” Professor Inniss was selected for this project based on a portion of her larger project titled “The Princeton Fugitive Slave Case: Jimmy the College Apple Man and Memories of Slavery.” Her larger project is a legal history of slavery in New Jersey. That project is framed around the life and fugitive slave trial of an escaped slave employed by Princeton University in the 1800s. In her work with CNRS-NYU, she will address, among other things, memories of the trial and of the state and federal laws under which the trial was conducted.
The Memory Project brings together academic and legal experts and researchers on memory in its historical, socio-cultural and neurological manifestations. The program cuts across a variety of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, biological, and cognitive sciences. One of the program’s chief goals is to create a formal, ongoing platform for exchanges across national, professional and disciplinary boundaries.
Professor Inniss’ participation in this program will include travel to France for a 1 to 2 month period between October and May this academic year. Fellows from France will travel to New York for a similar period.