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

27 Jan

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Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism

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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)

3 Responses to “Coming Soon: Afro-Pessimism and Black Nihilism!!!!”

  1. celeste bijou January 27, 2019 at 5:55 pm #

    The exclamation points make this post! I’m going to see if I can re-arrange my work schedule to make it. Right now I work downtown (doing therapy with those coming out of federal prison) on Tuesdays until 8:30, so couldn’t get to yinz until 9. Are the readings posted on the website?

    On Sun, Jan 27, 2019, 5:22 PM Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Network jleavittpearl posted: ” Afro-Pessimism // Black Nihilism ______________ > 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, Wh” >

    • jleavittpearl January 27, 2019 at 6:55 pm #

      The readings haven’t been posted yet, but will be soon. We are gathering pdfs. I actually will only be attending the second half, I have to work until 8:45. But Annie and Amanda are going to help run it, so it should be good.

  2. Robert Maddock January 27, 2019 at 7:10 pm #

    Sounds interesting. Disappointed you missed Pittsburgh’s own Derrick Bell. Will do my best to attend.

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