Exhaustion

Notes for Classroom Presentation: Black Visual “Exhaustion is the contemporary crisis of black studies.” Calvin Warren names exhaustion as the contemporary crisis of Black studies as the field maneuvers more and more towards a desire for an afterword to Slavery. It is this move to turn slavery into a “thing of the past” that animates […]

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Collapse Of The Paradigm

Collapse of the paradigm. Classroom Presentation: Afropessimism and the Status of the Subject Thursday, January 14th 2021 Orlando Patterson’s analysis of slavery in Slavery and Social Death is an explosion of the notion of slavery from its prevailing definitions in the general academic parlance. Patterson’s constituent elements of slavery argue against a consensus that understands […]

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The Maxim of Life

Homo Scientificus and The Maxim of “Life” Darwin’s post-Kantian revolution served to reify the inhumanity of Blackness that the modern grammar of representation had already imposed and presumed as early as 1684 in Francois Bernier’s A New Division of the Earth. Thus, in a gesture beyond deconstruction, Denise Ferriera Da Silva examines the axioms of […]

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Apocalypse Now! Apocalypse Forever!

The Conservative and The Liberal gather together in the ruined streets of Minneapolis urging for peace. It has never been more clear that such an urgency is a matter of returning to White comfort in the dismay of black rage and yet, the refined reader states, “The Families of [Insert Slaughtered Person] are requesting that […]

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THEORIZING IN A VOID: A Reading List

THEORIZING IN A VOID: A READING LIST Week 1: THEORIZING IN A VOID “Theorizing in a Void” by Zakiyyah Jackson +  “The Lie At the Center of Everything” by Christina Sharpe    Week 2: INTRODUCING SYLVIA WYNTER “Homo_Narrans_and_the_Science_of_the_Word” by Bedour Algara  +  And What About the Human? by Anthony Bogues +  “Before Man: Sylvia Wynter’s […]

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If You’re Reading This It’s (Not) Too Late To Disagree With Dead Old White Dudes

“… it is through its determinateness that the thing excludes others. Things are therefore in and for themselves determinate; they have properties by which they distinguish themselves from others. Since the property [Eigenschaft] is the Thing’s own [eigene] property or a determinateness in the Thing itself, the Thing has a number of properties. For, in […]

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