The Black Atlantic @ 20

OCT 24, 2013 | 5:30 PM

The Black Atlantic @ 20



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1201: Elebash Recital Hall


October 24, 2013: 5:30 PM




Center for the Humanities


The Black Atlantic @ 20

October 24, 2013 (All Day) - October 25, 2013 (All Day)

Herman Bennett
Susan Buck-Morss
Tina Campt
Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Eric Lott
Sujatha Fernandes
Stephan Palmie
Robert Fitzgerald Reid-Pharr

Keynote: Paul Gilroy, English, King's College London.

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 irreconcible problem.  Though Gilroy posited The Black Atlantic as a 'heuristic' work, his ideas engerndered 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.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

In the wake of the Black Atlantic: Pedagogy and Practice

5:30pm- 7:00pm, Elebash Recital Hall

In this roundtable discussion, faculty from various programs at CUNY will ask how their own scholarly practices have been changed by the work of Paul Gilroy and his many students. Specifically, they will examine the ways that Gilroy's anti-nationalist analyses have - or have not - disrupted common practices within traditional disciplines. Drawing on courses taught in a variety of departments in the Fall 2013, Herman Bennett, Robert Reid-Pharr, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Susan Buck-Morss, Jacqueline Brown, and Sujatha Fernandes will ask whether it is possible to produce innovative work around race, colonization, cosmopolitanism, and imperialism while also continuing to privilege traditional modes of intellectual inquiry. They will also begin a conversation about how the Graduate Center community might begin to restructure its basic research and pedagogical practices.

Friday, October 25

10:00am-11:00am: Stephan Palmie, The Skylight Room, 9100

11:30am-12:30pm: Tina Campt, The Skylight Room, 9100

2:30pm-3:30pm: Eric Lott, The The Skylight Room, 9100

4:00pm-6:00pm: Paul Gilroy, The Half-Life of the Black Atlantic, Proshansky Auditorium

Cosponsored by The Academic Research Collaborative, the Certificate Program in American Studies, the Caribbean Epistemologies Seminar in the Humanities, IRADAC, and the Revolutionizing American Studies Initiative.