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What is a (Black) Faggot? Cinema, Exorbitance, and Moonlight's Metaphysical Question

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Rockefeller Hall, 122
Central Campus

Moonlight, as a cinematic mode of thinking, presents a terrifying question: What is a (black) Faggot? This destructive question provides a paradigm for thinking blackness without being. In this meditation, I suggest the (black) faggot is the exorbitance of thinking sexuality and humanism, blackness and being, queerness and anti-blackness. To be a (black) faggot is a mode of non-being redoubled, an existence we struggle to understand with the philosophical resources at our disposal. Through a close reading of the film, I limn the depths of blackness nihilism—the condition of inhabitation without being, sexuality, humanity, justice, and redress. The (black) faggot, then, is much more than onomastic destruction or injurious speech; its purpose is to absorb the terror of onto-metaphysics and, for this reason, it is absolutely indispensable. 

Event Type

Lecture

Departments

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Studies, Philosophy, English, Department of Performing and Media Arts, Africana Studies and Research Center, Society for the Humanities, American Studies Program

Tags

cascal, africal, amstcal, cosochum, fgsscal, lgbtstudiescal, caspma

Website

https://www.facebook.com/events/21834...

Contact E-Mail

tdm68@cornell.edu

Contact Name

Trisica Munroe

Contact Phone

607-255-6481

Speaker

Prof. Calvin Warren

Speaker Affiliation

Emory University

Dept. Web Site

lgbt.cornell.edu

Open To

General public

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