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Reproduction of Possibility

General Programming

dateApril 27–29, 2023 locationMultiple Locations (see description)
  • Department of Anthropology
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS)/Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAs)
  • Institute for Religion Culture and Public Life
  • Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender
  • Institute for Social and EconomIc Research and Policy
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
Multiple computer pop-up tabs on top of each other with the words Reproduction of Possibility, too soon, and too late

By way of Black critical thought, this colloquium excavates the moves, attachments, and structures of desire that stabilize critical lexicons around (re)production and regimes of valorization, as well as their implications at the level of political and libidinal economy.

Questions we seek to engage include: what logics and attachments are being reproduced in the name of the (re)production? How do “possibility” and its reproduction operate as political and methodological imperatives within Black studies? What modes of analysis are available once we divest from the logic of “the possible” and its future-oriented affirmationism? What is obscured by the fixation on possibility, otherwise potentialities, generativity, renewal, et cetera? With these questions in mind, we aim to interrogate the limitations of reproduction as an explanatory mechanism in the context of anti-black worlding.

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