How might scholars, artists, and others working in, and inspired by, the black studies tradition respond to the simultaneous dexterity and deadliness of racial vision and division?

“Black Studies and Biopolitics” seminar participants will explore mythologies and practices that naturalize racial differences, as well as conceptualize a future social terrain that is more equitable and just. In this way, it will serve as an intellectual incubator for new thinking at the nexus of biology and politics, offering a space to think critically and creatively about the study of race generally — and African American and African diaspora studies specifically — in this era of increasing investment in biotechnology. Invited presenters will include scholars theorizing race in the context of an array of biopolitical arenas, exploring how the naturalization of race as it intersects with gender, sexuality, and disability is, at turns, reproduced, resisted, and reimagined.

March 23, 2016 4:30 PM
Barfield-Johnson Seminar Room