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BLACK. STILL. LIFE.

Thu October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free

Christina Sharpe
Professor of English, Tufts University

In In the Wake, Sharpe interrogates literary, visual, cinematic, and quotidian representations of Black life that comprise what she calls the “orthography of the wake.” Activating multiple registers of “wake”—the path behind a ship, keeping watch with the dead, coming to consciousness—Sharpe illustrates how Black lives are swept up and animated by the afterlives of slavery, and she delineates what survives despite such insistent violence and negation. Initiating and describing a theory and method of reading the metaphors and materiality of “the wake,” “the ship,” “the hold,” and “the weather,” Sharpe shows how the sign of the slave ship marks and haunts contemporary Black life in the diaspora and how the specter of the hold produces conditions of containment, regulation, and punishment, but also something in excess of them. In the weather, Sharpe situates anti-Blackness and white supremacy as the total climate that produces premature Black death as normative. Formulating the wake and “wake work” as sites of artistic production, resistance, consciousness, and possibility for living in diaspora, In the Wake offers a way forward.
Presented in partnership with the Institute for Research in the Humanities and Center for Visual Cultures.

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Phone number: 608-263-3412
Email: info@humanities.wisc.edu

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Date:
Thu October 19
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Conrad E. Elvehjem Building
800 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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