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Black Anarchism: Anticipation and Ambivalence

Thursday Lecture Series, Ambivalence

dateMay 13, 2021 timeThursday, 12:30pm EDT locationVirtual Event
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
Headshot of Sam Tenorio

Contemporary Anarchist politics are often framed as “prefigurative politics,” a denomination that enunciates a temporal logic of striving to reflect a desired future society. Tracing the racial lacunae of Anarchism’s praxis and political horizons, this talk addresses how black anarchism may instead be defined by its uncertainty of futurity, that is, its ambivalence, which serves to reconfigure our understanding of anarchism’s “spirit of revolt.” With an attention to practices of destruction, it asks: What does it mean to reckon with the unchosen, unforeseen, and unknown that exceed praxis’ ability and attempt to contain and prescribe?

Guest lecturer: Sam Tenorio, Penn State
Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and African American Studies

Please note that registering for this event will sign you up for the entire Thursday Lecture Series for the Spring 2021 semester.

Organized by SOF Fellow Tyrone S. Palmer.

Talks in this series will be followed by discussion, including a Q&A session with the audience.

Please email [email protected] to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.