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Affect & Blackness

In the format of biweekly reading sessions, the group explores notions of affect in the context of Black Studies. Not only do we attend to conceptual propositions of the specifics of affect and blackness, but we also make styles of writing and reading the objects of our conversations. Thinkers like Fred Moten, Hortense Spillers, Sylvia Wynter or Frank Wilderson III and their younger commentators have formed the groups syllabi. With interdisciplinary backgrounds we discuss how ideas of (dis)possession, affect(ability), sexuality, agency and the human as such are to be understood under the conditions of racial subjection and white supremacy. 


Henrike Kohpeiß (B05)


Summer semester 2022

June 23-24, 2022: Workshop "Affect Race Negativity"


Winter semester 2021/22

October 21, 2021: Fred Moten: In the Break

November 04, 2021: Ibid.

December 02, 2021: Ibid.

December 16, 2022: Ibid.

January 06, 2022: Ibid.

January 20, 2022: Ibid.

February 03, 2022: Ibid.

February 17, 2022: Ibid.


Summer semester 2021

May 06, 2021: Black Quantum Futurism

May 20, 2021: Andaiye: The point is to change the world

May 27, 2021: Kara Keeling: Queer Times Black Futures

June 10, 2021: Kevin Quashie: BLACK ALIVENESS, OR A POETICS OF BEING

June 17-18, 2021: Workhop with Tyrone Palmer (Columbia University, NYC)

July 01, 2021: Elaine Brown: A taste of power- a black woman’s story

July 08, 2021: Sylvia Wynter: The Hills of Hebron


Winter semester 2020/2021

October 15, 2020: Fred Moten / Stefano Harney: The University - Last Words

October 29, 2020: Edouard Glissant: Poetics of Relation (possibly 2 sessions)

November 12, 2020: Tiffany Lethabo King, Jenell Navarro, Andrea Smith: Otherwise Worlds. Two Essays tbd https://www.dukeupress.edu/otherwise-worlds 

November 26, 2020: R.A. Judy: Sentient Flesh (to be published in October with Duke UP) https://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/PubMaterials/978-1-4780-1102-6_601.pdf

December 10. 2020: Afrofuturism: Text tbd + Documentary: The Last Angel of History (available on youtube), movie: Space Is the Place

January 07, 2021: Kathryn Yusoff: A Million Black Anthropocenes or None

January 21, 2021: Blackness in Germany / Achille Mbembe: Critique of Black Reason,  + Essay from Special Issue Callaloo (Tina Campt) or Vanessa Thompson

February 04, 2021: Sylvia Wynter: Manuscript Black Metamorphosis