Resources & Related Events


February 17, 2017

2-4 PM, EDH 4
Black Aesthetics: A Faculty Workshop
with 10 Hampshire and 5-College speakers

Thursday, March 30

2:00-4:00 PM
Architecture and Race: A workshop with Mabel O. Wilson
R.W. Kern Center 202

5:00 PM
Fred Moten, Manic Depression: A Poetics of Hesitant Sociology
The 10th annual Eric N. Schocket Memorial Lecture on Class and Culture at Hampshire College
Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
&poetry reading at 8:00 pm at UMass/Amherst, Memorial Hall

See also

February 2 – April 30: Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power, University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass Amherst

March 7 – April 14: Jen Everett, Inimitable Blackness, Leo Model Gallery, Jerome Liebling Center, Hampshire College

March 20 – April 10: exhibition, Power and Memory: 50 Years of Struggle, Shared Legacies of Resistance, Hampshire College, Harold F. Johnson Library, 1st floor

March 23 – April 30: exhibition Caitlin Cherry: Monster Energy, University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass Amherst

March 29, 5‒7 PM: Caitlin Cherry, Artist Reception and Talk, University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass Amherst

March 30, 12 PM: Kameelah Janan Rasheed, artist talk. Art Building Studio 3, Hampshire College

Thursday, April 13, 8PM: Nathaniel Mackey, poetry reading., Amherst Books

May 6: Fifth Exposure Symposium, The Dark Room: Race and Visual Culture Studies Seminar, Mount Holyoke College

Sept. 29-30, Exploring Beauty and Truth in Worlds of Color: A Conference on Race, Art and Aesthetics in the 21st Century, Oberlin College, OH



The articles, chapters, or links here have been written or recommended by participants in the symposium so you can get to know their work in advance of the symposium. 

GerShun Avilez

GerShun Avilez, “The Black Arts Movement,” in The Cambridge Companion to American Civil Rights Literature, ed. Julie Buckner Armstrong. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

GerShun Avilez, “Cartographies of Desire: Mapping Queer Space in the Fiction of Samuel Delany and Darieck Scott.” Callaloo 34, no. 1 (2011): 126-142.

Caitlin Cherry

Anthony Cokes

Christoph Cox, “How Do You Make Music a Body without Organs? Gilles Deleuze and Experimental Electronica” (excerpt), in Soundcultures: Über digitale und elektronische Musik, ed. Marcus S. Kleiner and Achim Szepanski (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp Verlag).

“pause” (2004); “1!” (2004); “studio.time…” (2011)

Jeremy M. Glick

Jeremy Matthew Glick, “‘All I do is Think About You’: Some Notes on Pragmatist Longing in Recent Literary Study of Amiri Baraka.” Boundary 2: an International Journal of Literature and Culture 37, no. 2 (2010): 107-132.

Jeremy Matthew Glick, “Introduction: The Haitian Revolution as Refusal and Reuse.” The Black Radical Tragic: Performance, Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution. New York: NYU Press, 2016.

Deborah Goffe

Scapegoat Garden

James Haile III

Frederick Douglass, “Lecture on Pictures,” delivered in Boston’s Tremont Temple on December 3, 1861.

James B. Haile III, “On Frederick Douglass and Negro Heroism.”

Phillip Brian Harper

Phillip Brian Harper, “Introduction: Against Positive Images” in Abstractionist Aesthetics: Artistic Form and Social Critique in African American Culture. New York: NYU Press, 2015. Pp 1-15.

Evie Shockley, “Introduction: Renegade Poetics (Or, Would Black Aesthetics by An[y] Other Name Be More Innovative?)” in Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2011. Pp 1-24.

Daphne Lamothe

Bertram D. Ashe, “Theorizing the Post-Soul Aesthetic: An Introduction.” African American Review 41, no. 4 (2007): 602-23.

Michael Kelly

Taive Selasi, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Wangechi Mutu, Kerry James Marshall, Sammy Baloji, and Chimamanda Adichie, “6 Artists On Black Identity: Where am I in this story?” Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016. 5min12sec.

Meleko Mokgosi

Amy Abugo Ongiri

Amy  Ongiri, “Death Proof: Trauma, Memory, and Black Power Era Images in Contemporary Visual Culture.” In Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 29 (Fall 2011), pp. 45-51.

Amy Abugo Ongiri, “Prisoner of Love: Affiliation, Sexuality, and the Black Panther Party.” In The Journal of African American History 4 (2009), pp 69-84.

Raymond Saunders, “Black is a Color” in Arts Magazine, originally published 1967.

Mickaella Perina

Mickaella Perina, “Encountering the Other: Aesthetics, Race and Relationality.” In Contemporary Aesthetics 2 (2009).

Kevin Quashie

Lucille Clifton, “untitled.” From Quilting: Poems 1987-1990. New York: BOA Editions, 1991.

Robin D. G. Kelley, “Looking for the ‘Real’ Nigga: Social Scientists Construct the Ghetto.” Yo’ Mama’s Disfunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America. Boston: Beacon Press, 1997.

Monique Roelofs

Monique Roelofs, The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014), Chapter 2, “Whiteness and Blackness as Aesthetic Productions.”

Monique Roelofs, The Cultural Promise of the Aesthetic (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014), Chapter 8, “Aesthetic Promises and Threats,” pp. 204-205.

Paul C. Taylor

Paul C. Taylor, “Literature and Race,” in The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature, ed. Noël Carroll and John Gibson.

Paul C. Taylor, “Black Aesthetics,” in Philosophy Compass 5/1 (2010), 1-15.

Paul C. Taylor, “The Last King of Scotland or the Last N—-r on Earth? The Ethics of Race on Film” in Contemporary Aesthetics.

Simone White

Simone White, “Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecture in Innovative Poetics, with Divya Victor.” 1 June 2014.

Simone White, “Stingray” in Boston Review. 23 April 2016.

Mabel O. Wilson

David Bindman, “Human Variety Before Race.” From Ape to Apollo.

Michel Foucault, “17 March 1976.” Society Must be Defended – Lectures at the Collège de France 1975 – 76. New York, Picador Press, pp. 239 – 264.

Mabel Wilson, “Carceral Architectures” in Superhumanity, a project of eflux Architecture. Edited by Beatriz Colomina, Nikolaus Hirsch, Aton Vidokle, and Mark Wigley. October 4, 2016.

Mabel Wilson, “Black Bodies/White Cities: Le Corbusier in Harlem,” ANY:Architecture New York,  No. 16, Whiteness: White Forms, Forms of Whiteness, (1996) pp.35-39.

Mabel Wilson, “Introduction” and “Prologue”, Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.

Sylvia Wynter, “Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom: Towards the Human, After Man, Its Overrepresentation—An Argument.” CR: The New Centennial Review, 3, no. 3 (Fall 2003): 257-337.