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Ambivalence and (anti)Blackness: a Prolegomenon

Thursday Lecture Series, Ambivalence

dateFebruary 20, 2020 timeThursday, 12:15pm EST location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • Tyrone Palmer
  • Audience open exclusively to Columbia faculty, students, and invited guests
  • All others interested in attending, please email SOF/Heyman at [email protected].
Headshot of Selamawit D. Terrefe

What, precisely, is the Black’s relation to her own death—unyielding in its familiarity, belated in its arrival, unheimlich in the effects its fantasies engender? This talk maps ambivalence within the Black psyche’s wrestling with, and wresting itself of, the death-drive on two primary fronts: a retreat within, or return to, fantasy, and the destruction of the notion of the subject, or the political, itself.

Guest lecturer: Selamawit D. Terrefe, Tulane University
Assistant Professor in English