Fall 2020 Affiliated Events
The Porch: A Studio Dialogue with Nia Love and Fred Moten (postponed)
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, 6:30-8:30 p.m., McPherson Auditorium
In an informal studio environment, Moten and Nia Love (360° Course Cluster | Centering Critical Blackness and Performing Arts Series 2020 Commissioned Artist) will co-facilitate an embodied and textual dialogue at the intersections of their expansive work in abolition, fugitivity, and black radical traditions. This event aims to transport us to a time where folks still sit on porches or in lounges to bask in the awe of collective brilliance that emerges from dismantling formalities and engaging in Blackness uncaptured.
Conversation with Fred Moten and Stefano Harney: "The Undercommons and this Moment in the Academy."
Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, 4:15-5:30 p.m., moderated by Professor of History Ignacio Gallup-Diaz and Assistant Professor of Italian Alessandro Giammei, Virtual via Zoom
Can one criticize the higher-education system while benefitting from it? What does one owe to the institution where one studies or teaches? How can we be in, but not of, a place like Bryn Mawr College? Fifteen years ago, Fred Moten and Stefano Harney published seven theses on the university and the undercommons. They argued that the only possible relation with present-day American university is a criminal one, and revealed the roots and effects of current structural academic paradigms such as professionalization, privatization, incarceration, and conquest denial. On November 13, we will gather with Harney and Moten to discuss what is it that the undercommons want in this moment, both in the academy in general and in the particular context of colleges like Bryn Mawr.
The Porch: An After Session on the Resonance of Fred Moten
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, 8:00-9:30 p.m., Maori Karmael Holmes, Brittany Webb, The Hawtplates, Moderated by Christina Knight, Virtual via Zoom
As an educator, poet, critic, and scholar, Fred Moten has been muse and mentor to a generation of Black American creators and makers. In this reflection, which closes Moten's offerings as this year's Bryn Mawr College Mary Flexner Lecturer, we’ll hear from artists and curators from Philadelphia and beyond who have taken Moten’s work into their own practice. They will share selections from their own works—music, performance, poetry and more—and engage in a conversation with each other around Moten’s critical influences.
Center for Visual Culture/ History of Art Department Events:
Visit the Center For Visual Culture blog to register and receive a Zoom link for each event
- Frank Wilderson, “Cinematic Slavery,” Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
- Leigh Raiford, “Abstract Art, Visualization of Police Violence and the Unmaking of White Supremacy,” Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
- Micki McElyea, “The Presenting Past," Oct. 14 at 12:30 p.m.
- Paul Pfeiffer, “Crowds and Power,” Nov 4 at 12:30 p.m.
Pasts Present: Disrupting Race from Bryn Mawr and Beyond
Friday, October 23 and Friday, October 30, 12:30-2 p.m.
In the wake of this summer's ongoing protests against systemic racism in the U.S., including the Open Letter from Bryn Mawr-Haverford students to the two communities, six former BMC History majors and Africana and/or Feminist & Gender Studies minors who are now themselves professors reflect on academia, the discipline, and our current historical conjuncture, in conversation with each other and with current BMC History majors.
Spring 2021 Affiliated Events:
Dance: Nia Love, Performing Arts Series Events. Feb 14-21, 2021 (Details to follow)