Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Robert Fitzgerald Reid-Pharr
Twenty years after the publication of Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993), scholarship no longer simply posits the relationship between blackness and modernity as an irreconcilable problem. Though Gilroy posited The Black Atlantic as a ‘heuristic’ work, his ideas engendered debates in history, anthropology, and literary studies as well as political thought and philosophy—areas once perceived as the exclusive domain of an organic and hermetically sealed Western tradition. The Black Atlantic @ Twenty symposium (BA@20) aims to explore how Gilroy’s insistence that blackness figures as a constitutive element of modernity has effected a lasting transformation in knowledge production.
Friday, October 25
10:00-11:00am: Stephan Palmié, For Reasons of History: Anthropology and the Black Atlantic, The Skylight Room, 9100
11:30am-12:30pm: Tina Campt, Rhizomorphs, Fractals and Other Formalities: A Black Atlantic Mixtape, The Skylight Room, 9100
2:30-3:30pm: Eric Lott, Open Letters, The Skylight Room, 9100
4:00-6:00pm: Paul Gilroy, The Half-Life of the Black Atlantic, Proshansky Auditorium
Cosponsored by The Advanced Research Collaborative, the Certificate Program in American Studies, the Caribbean Epistemologies Seminar in the Humanities, IRADAC, and the Revolutionizing American Studies Initiative.