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2020 Jury Member Announcement: Jonathan Michael Square

Every week leading up to the official selection announcement and virtual festival presentation, we will be introducing 2020 jury members and films to be viewed for FREE by the artists we love and support in our new PRINDIE Curated Collection!

Without further ado, PRINDIE is honored to announce the 2020 jury member participation of historian and Harvard University professor, Dr. Jonathan Michael Square!

Jonathan Michael Square specializes in Afro-Diasporic fashion and art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His current book project, The Fabric of Our Lies: How Slavery Built the Global Fashion Industry, explores self-fashioning among enslaved peoples as a profoundly political act and one of the most radical forms of self-affirmation in a slave society. 

Square has also published in a number of academic journals, including Radical History Review, Fashion Studies Journal, Vestoj, as well as in the popular press for Refinery29, Fashionista, Hyperallergic, and inexhibition catalogs, including Willi Smith: Street Couture, Garmenting. He was also the curator of the exhibitions Slavery in the Hands of Harvard and Freedom from Truth: Self-Portraits of Nell Painter at Harvard University.

Please visit www.fashioningtheself.com and follow Square's FB page, Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom.

Fashioning the Self explores the politics of fashion among people of African descent during slavery and the emancipation era.

For more information on Square check out his:




And don't forget to check out the PRINDIE Film Forum!

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