Join Autumn Womack, in conversation with Imani Perry, to discuss her new book" The Matter of Black Living: The Aesthetic Experiment of Racial Data, 1880-1930" at Labyrinth Books.
The Matter of Black Living excavates the dynamic interplay between racial data and Black aesthetic production that shaped late nineteenth-century social, cultural, and literary atmosphere. Through assembling previously overlooked archives and seemingly familiar texts, Womack shows how these artists and writers recalibrated the relationship between data and Black life. The result is a fresh and nuanced take on the history of documenting Blackness. The Matter of Black Living charts a new genealogy from which we can rethink the political and aesthetic work of racial data, a task that has never been more urgent.
Autumn Womack earned a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Her research and teaching interests are located at the intersection of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American literary culture, visual studies, and print culture.