Reading Group: Muñoz on Baraka’s “The Toilet”

17 Feb

READING GROUP:

PCPN is back this spring with, Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00pm) at the Bloomfield Crazy Mocha.

This week:

  • 02/19 – Amiri Baraka, “The Toilet” (1967)
    • José Esteban Muñoz, “Cruising the Toilet: Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Radical Black Traditions and Queer Futurity”

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

OTHER NEWS:

LOOKING AHEAD:

Upcoming in Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

  • 02/19 – Amiri Baraka, “The Toilet” (1967)
    • José Esteban Muñoz, “Cruising the Toilet: Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Radical Black Traditions and Queer Futurity”
  • 02/26 – Audrey Lorde, “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism” (1981)
    • James Baldwin and Audrey Lorde, “Revolutionary Hope”
  • 03/05 – Hortense Spillers, “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book” (1987)
    • Hortense Spillers, Hartman et al., “Whacha Gunna Do?”
  • 03/12 – Saidiya Hartman, Scenes of Subjection, “The Burdened Individuality of Freedom” (1997)
  • 03/19 – Floyd Hayes, “Cornel West and Afro-Nihilism: A Reconsideration” (2001)
  • 03/26 – Charles Mills, “Political Economy of Personhood” (2011)
  • 04/02 – Lauren Berlant, Cruel Optimism, “Cruel Optimism” (2011)
  • 04/09 – Fred Moten, “Blackness and Nothingness (Mysticism in the Flesh)” (2013)
  • 04/16 – Patrice Douglass and Frank B. Wilderson III, “The Violence of Presence: Metaphysics in a Blackened World.” (2013)
  • 04/23 – Sylvia Wynter, “No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues.” (2015)
  • 04/30 – Jared Sexton, “Afro-Pessimism: The Unclear Word”  (2016)
  • 05/07 – Calvin Warren, Ontological Terror, “The Question of Black Being” (2018)
  • 05/14 – Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, “The Prison Abolitionist Imagination: A Conversation” (2018)

 

Reading Group: Frantz Fanon on Blackness

11 Feb

franz-fanonREADING GROUP:

PCPN is back this spring with, Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00pm) at the Bloomfield Crazy Mocha.

This week:

  • 02/12 – Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, “The Fact of Blackness” (1952)

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

OTHER NEWS:

LOOKING AHEAD:

Upcoming in Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

  • 02/12 – Franz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, “The Fact of Blackness” (1952)
  • 02/19 – Amiri Baraka, “The Toilet” (1967)
    • José Esteban Muñoz, “Cruising the Toilet: Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Radical Black Traditions and Queer Futurity”
  • 02/26 – Audrey Lorde, “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism” (1981)
    • James Baldwin and Audrey Lorde, “Revolutionary Hope”
  • 03/05 – Hortense Spillers, “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book” (1987)
    • Hortense Spillers, Hartman et al., “Whacha Gunna Do?”
  • 03/12 – Saidiya Hartman, Scenes of Subjection, “The Burdened Individuality of Freedom” (1997)
  • 03/19 – Floyd Hayes, “Cornel West and Afro-Nihilism: A Reconsideration” (2001)
  • 03/26 – Charles Mills, “Political Economy of Personhood” (2011)
  • 04/02 – Lauren Berlant, Cruel Optimism, “Cruel Optimism” (2011)
  • 04/09 – Fred Moten, “Blackness and Nothingness (Mysticism in the Flesh)” (2013)
  • 04/16 – Patrice Douglass and Frank B. Wilderson III, “The Violence of Presence: Metaphysics in a Blackened World.” (2013)
  • 04/23 – Sylvia Wynter, “No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues.” (2015)
  • 04/30 – Jared Sexton, “Afro-Pessimism: The Unclear Word”  (2016)
  • 05/07 – Calvin Warren, Ontological Terror, “The Question of Black Being” (2018)
  • 05/14 – Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, “The Prison Abolitionist Imagination: A Conversation” (2018)

 

Reading Group: Cesaire on Colonialism

3 Feb

sf-590-02-fossosamuel-africanspirits-self-portrait-2008READING GROUP:

PCPN is back this spring with, Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00pm) at the Bloomfield Crazy Mocha.

This week:

  • 02/05 – Aime Cesaire, “Discourse on Colonialism” (1950)

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

OTHER NEWS:

  • None

LOOKING AHEAD:

Upcoming in Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

  • 02/05 – Aime Cesaire, “Discourse on Colonialism” (1950)
  • 02/12 – Franz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, “The Fact of Blackness” (1952)
  • 02/19 – Amiri Baraka, “The Toilet” (1967)
    • José Esteban Muñoz, “Cruising the Toilet: Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Radical Black Traditions and Queer Futurity”
  • 02/26 – Audrey Lorde, “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism” (1981)
    • James Baldwin and Audrey Lorde, “Revolutionary Hope”
  • 03/05 – Hortense Spillers, “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book” (1987)
    • Hortense Spillers, Hartman et al., “Whacha Gunna Do?”
  • 03/12 – Saidiya Hartman, Scenes of Subjection, “The Burdened Individuality of Freedom” (1997)
  • 03/19 – Floyd Hayes, “Cornel West and Afro-Nihilism: A Reconsideration” (2001)
  • 03/26 – Charles Mills, “Political Economy of Personhood” (2011)
  • 04/02 – Lauren Berlant, Cruel Optimism, “Cruel Optimism” (2011)
  • 04/09 – Fred Moten, “Blackness and Nothingness (Mysticism in the Flesh)” (2013)
  • 04/16 – Patrice Douglass and Frank B. Wilderson III, “The Violence of Presence: Metaphysics in a Blackened World.” (2013)
  • 04/23 – Sylvia Wynter, “No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues.” (2015)
  • 04/30 – Jared Sexton, “Afro-Pessimism: The Unclear Word”  (2016)
  • 05/07 – Calvin Warren, Ontological Terror, “The Question of Black Being” (2018)
  • 05/14 – Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, “The Prison Abolitionist Imagination: A Conversation” (2018)

 

Coming Soon: Afro-Pessimism and Black Nihilism!!!!

27 Jan

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Join us this Spring for “Afro-Pessimism and Black Nihilism” our next exciting unit, Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm.

  • 02/05 – Aime Cesaire, “Discourse on Colonialism” (1950)
  • 02/12 – Franz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, “The Fact of Blackness” (1952)
  • 02/19 – Amiri Baraka, “The Toilet” (1967)
    • José Esteban Muñoz, “Cruising the Toilet: Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Radical Black Traditions and Queer Futurity”
  • 02/26 – Audrey Lorde, “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism” (1981)
    • James Baldwin and Audrey Lorde, “Revolutionary Hope”
  • 03/05 – Hortense Spillers, “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book” (1987)
    • Hortense Spillers, Hartman et al., “Whacha Gunna Do?”
  • 03/12 – Saidiya Hartman, Scenes of Subjection, “The Burdened Individuality of Freedom” (1997)
  • 03/19 – Floyd Hayes, “Cornel West and Afro-Nihilism: A Reconsideration” (2001)
  • 03/26 – Charles Mills, “Political Economy of Personhood” (2011)
  • 04/02 – Lauren Berlant, Cruel Optimism, “Cruel Optimism” (2011)
  • 04/09 – Fred Moten, “Blackness and Nothingness (Mysticism in the Flesh)” (2013)
  • 04/16 – Patrice Douglass and Frank B. Wilderson III, “The Violence of Presence: Metaphysics in a Blackened World.” (2013)
  • 04/23 – Sylvia Wynter, “No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues.” (2015)
  • 04/30 – Jared Sexton, “Afro-Pessimism: The Unclear Word”  (2016)
  • 05/07 – Calvin Warren, Ontological Terror, “The Question of Black Being” (2018)
  • 05/14 – Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, “The Prison Abolitionist Imagination: A Conversation” (2018)

Reading Group: Tim Ingold on Walking

2 Dec

tim-ingold-is-presenting-wayfaring-and-transportREADING GROUP:

PCPN is back this fall with, Walk This Way: Philosophy of Walking. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00pm) at the Bloomfield Crazy Mocha.

This week:

  • 12/04 Tim Ingold, “Ways of mind-walking: reading, writing, painting”

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

OTHER NEWS:

  • None

LOOKING AHEAD:

Upcoming in Walk This Way: Philosophy of Walking

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

  • 12/04 – Tim Ingold, “Ways of mind-walking: reading, writing, painting”

 

Special Event: “Vignetting the Thug: Decriminalizing the Body” Punk Rock Academy, Session No. 2

22 Nov

Researcher and curious wanderer Hatem Hassan discusses “thugs” before, during, and after the Egyptian 2011 revolution and what this means for the criminalization of bodies during moments of authoritarianism, state collapse, or cultural transition.

What is the American thug? Artist Corrine Jasmin will give a performance and share visual art on the stereotyping of the Black body and violence through language. This is paired with a spoken word and musical performance by Artist MAUR THE SUN.

Feed your mind & join us for a conversational snack as we explore the question:

What constitutes the criminal body and who partakes in this ever-morphing process?

When: Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 8:00pm

Where: 331 South Pacific [around back, up fire escape to second floor, left]

 

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Art featured in banner is “Yellow and Blue” by Alma Thomas (1959)

Reading Group: Teju Cole on the Open City

18 Nov

img-teju-cole_183323777365-750x1000READING GROUP:

PCPN is back this fall with, Walk This Way: Philosophy of Walking. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00pm) at the Bloomfield Crazy Mocha.

This week:

  • 11/20 – Teju Cole, Selections from Open City
  • We’ll be planning for winter/spring, feel free to bring one new topic idea for consideration!

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

OTHER NEWS:

  • None

LOOKING AHEAD:

Upcoming in Walk This Way: Philosophy of Walking

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

  • 11/20 – Teju Cole, Selections from Open City
  • 11/27 – PUNK ROCK ACADEMY Vol. 2
  • 12/04 – TBA
  • 12/11 – Tim Ingold, “Ways of mind-walking: reading, writing, painting”