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Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
A.D. White House Guerlac Room
Symposium: Blackness and the Visual. Keynote talk Friday, April 19, with a workshop held Saturday, April 20.
Blackness and the Visual: A Symposium
MITWS (The Minority, Indigenous, and Third World Studies) and
The Department of Comparative Literature
The symposium proposes to rethink the intersection of blackness and visual representations from Africa and the United States. Cinema, photography, and other visual arts, amplified by neoliberal forms, have paradoxically eroded and intensified experiences and theorizing of something called blackness. This symposium gathers scholars from various disciplines who take up the symposium’s provocation, demonstrating the richness of investigations still available on visual blackness, a concept long thought to have been exhausted in earlier accounts and formulations.
Friday, April 19, 2019: 4:30-6pm
A.D. White House (Guerlac Room)
Featuring African Cinema: a Keynote Conversation with Eileen Julien and Kenneth Harrow
Introductions. Anne V. Adams, Professor Emerita
Reception to follow
This keynote conversation features two leading figures of African cinema. The conversation explores the powerful formal and thematic innovations in cinema in and from Africa. Together, Eileen Julien, Professor of the Department of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Kenneth Harrow, Professor emeritus of English at Michigan State University, have widely published on questions of gender and embodiment, among other things, in African films.
Saturday, April 20, 2019: Workshop
A.D White House (Room 110)
9:30am-11am: Session 1: Adaptation and Transmediality
11:15am-1pm: Session 2: Culture of Seeing and Pleasure
2-3:45pm: Session 3: Spaces and Forms of Trauma
3:50-4:30: Concluding remarks
With generous co-sponsorship from The Society for the Humanities
Symposium conceived and organized by Naminata Diabate, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature