The Black Atlantic @ Twenty

OCT 25, 2013 | 10:00 AM TO 6:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


October 25, 2013: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM





Center for the Humanities


Herman Bennett
Jacqueline Brown
Susan Buck-Morss
Tina Campt
Kandice Chuh
Duncan Faherty
Sujatha Fernandes
Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Paul Gilroy
Eric Lott
Stephan Palmié
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 philosophyareas 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 LottOpen 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.