So Moved: Ferment, Jelly, Intoxication, Rot

APR 20, 2018 | 4:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


4406: English Student Lounge


April 20, 2018: 4:00 PM




Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Pomona College, maps the recategorization of microbiopolitical life, criminality and the citizenship form across two historical shifts in the United States: the history of Pasteurian science and the failure of Radical Reconstruction that led to the consequent rise of federal Progressivism. A history of lively matter (and thus a critical and historical engagement with new materialist philosophy) as well as a meditation on interdisciplinary methodologies, her central argument is that we can map the production of racial categories and affective forms onto the history of matter and vice versa. Tompkins also shows how that alignment can be usefully inhabited to produce an interdisciplinary and methodological intervention into theories of politics and aesthetics.