- Faculty & Staff
- Graduate Students
This seminar examines the multiple iterations of the plantation, and to draw from Katherine McKittrick, the kinds of futures it brings forth for us now. The plantation might be, to paraphrase Krista Thompson and Huey Copeland an “afrotrope” – a “recurrent visual form” that has played a key role in the formation of Black Diaspora identity and culture. We will consider its various representational formats, along with its various lives, and afterlives. As an ecological, material and economic intervention in the landscape, the plantations is a site of labor and knowledge production. It is both a form of enclosure and an extremely mobile form, a space where human and commodity flows converged, and an ecology formed through interspecies interaction. By considering these histories of the plantation – an ideological and spatial apparatus – we will think through its implications for practices of labor, experiences of the natural world, the organization of vision and, constructions of freedom as they have been formulated in African American Studies. Furthermore, across the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, the plantation remains a site where alternative constructions of freedom, and otherworldly economies of knowledge, resilience and resistance formed. We will also consider how the transformations wrought by the plantation across the globe create possibilities to imagine the intimacies and particularities of time and space differently that can help us better understand the politics of race, representation and labor in our contemporary moment. Invited presenters for this seminar include scholars, writers and artists working in the fields, and intersecting geographies of Art History, History, Literary Studies, African American Studies, Creative Writing, Anthropology, Geography and the Environmental Humanities.
Please note that incoming and advanced graduate students are welcome to register.
About The Speaker
Andil Gosine (PhD, MPhil, BES) is Professor of Environmental Arts and Justice at York University. His research, writing, and artistic practices explore imbrications of ecology, desire, and power. His recent book Nature’s Wild: Love, Sex and Law in the Caribbean (Duke University Press, 2021) is accompanied by a traveling exhibition of his artworks and collaborations, and he is curator of Wendy Nanan at the Art Museum of the Americas (2020-21), everything slackens in a wreck- at the Ford Foundation Gallery (2022), and Unfinished Work at the Leslie Lohman Museum (2024).
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The Seminar is not open to the public and only for Princeton University faculty, students and staff.
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