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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. 

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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


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Prof. Calvin Warren

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Emory University

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