Prospectus Presentation – Kelly Limes-Taylor
30 Pryor Street Southwest
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303
“Everything You Read Here Is a Lie”: Learning through Story and Negation
by Kelly Limes-Taylor
This study will investigate the academic life history of Samenia Limes (1912-2000). While this life history will feature discussions of the colonialist histories of Georgetown, South Carolina and Harlem, New York- the areas in which Limes spent the better part of her life – the main focus of the historical study will be on Limes’ rejection of postsecondary schooling for herself and her children. I will employ Indigenous Research Methodologies, which privilege kinship/community and storytelling, to conduct oral history interviews with five of Limes’ nine living children. I will then display the results in the form of a five-part novella. The results will be categorized as historical fiction, as fictional elements may fill in gaps left by transcripts and other historical documents, gaps that are part of a national history of Indigenous erasure and Black negation. The filling in of these gaps matters, as it represents an initial step in decolonizing practice, both in and outside of academia.