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March 4, 2021

Tyrone Palmer, post-doctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University . Guest speaker for ENLS 7780-01 Contemporary African American Literature and Black Critical Theory, Selamawit Terrefe.

Talk titled "Feeling-as-Capture".

This talk considers Dionne Brand’s 2001 experimental memoir A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging, arguing that the text theorizes the gulf between Blackness and the World as rooted in the question of affective experience. I read Brand’s deployment of the concept-metaphor of “the Door” and its attendant “tear in the world” as indexing the chasm from which Black feeling outside of and against “the World” as relational container irrupts. Brand’s text reveals that rather than offering an escape from meaning-as-capture, when considered from the position of Blackness, feeling is capture, and it is this seemingly paradoxical state of things that renders Black affect aporetic.

March 17, 2021

Lisa Woolfork, Associate Professor of English and Co-Chair of the Center for Liberal Arts, University of Virginia. Guest speaker for ENLS 7720-01 Black Women Writer Long 19th Century, Kate Adams. Discussion of Embodying Slavery

April 7, 2021

Irvin J. Hunt, Assistant Professor of English, African American Studies, and Interpretive Theory at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Guest speaker for ENLS 7720-02 Black Women Writer Long 19th Century, Kate Adams. Discussion of “Planned Failure”.

April 19, 2021

Zoë Henry, PhD candidate, Indiana University Bloomington. Guest speaker for ENLS 7760-01 Modern American Literature: Living the Apocalypse, Erin Kappeler. The talk is titled “‘I am Speaking’: A Reappraisal of Critique in Times of Crisis.”

April 13, 2021
Ava Kim, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania: "Trans/Nation: Death, Democracy, and Transnormativity" for ENLS 7140, Cheryl Naruse.
April 13, 2021
Sayan Bhattarcharya, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Minnesota: "Memory as an Act of Care: Towards a Decolonial Politics of Queerness" for ENLS 7140, Cheryl Naruse.
April 29, 2021
Joy James, Ebenezer Fitch Professor of the Humanities, Williams College. Guest Speaker for Selamawit D. Terrefe's ENLS 7780-01, Contemporary African American Literature & Black Critical Theory. Title of talk: '"What is to be Done?": A Query for the "Beloved Community."'
May 4, 2021
Aiko Yamashiro, Director for Hawai'i Humanities Council: "Indigenous and Postcolonial Theories: Origins, Actions, and How we Feel in the Doing" for ENLS 7140, Cheryl Naruse.