What can a Black/queer analytic offer to our experiences, articulations, and speculations about the conditions of life--and of death-- in the Anthropocene? Emerging narratives about the Anthropocene mobilize ideas about the human, the person, and the body that often universalize rather than particularize, occluding the fact that, for example, in the Americas, access to these categorizations has long been shot through with histories of normative violence. In this talk I consider the ways that visible and less-than-visible violences continue to be visited upon Black bodies in this hemisphere. I ask: how might Black experience with perishment offer a rubric for thinking futurity, including reproductive futurity, in a moment of environmental collapse? Plumbing toxicities that are at once material and experiential, historical and contemporary, I propose that contemporary thinking about life and liveliness in this epoch must be fundamentally refigured by bodies that have always-already been enmeshed with commodity chains-- by the endurance of Black life in an ever-toxic world.
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