Genres of Speculation: Race, Fantasy, and Finance Capital
Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 11:00 am to 7:45 pm
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College 65 West 11th Street Room B500, New York, NY 10003
The New School's debate program is collaborating with University of California-Berkeley's debate team to host the first national high school policy debate round-robin for students who center critical black studies in their argumentation and advocacy along with a day-long symposium that brings into conversation the scholars who inspire their arguments.
This year's national high school topic is about increasing the U.S.'s economic engagement with China. Many black debaters who are refusing the terms of the topic are diagnosing America and the global economy's material and epistemological submergence in an ocean of anti-black violence as a prime site of intervention.
Genres of Speculation: Race, Fantasy, and Finance Capital opens a discussion concerning the modes of fantasy and forecast that lie at the heart of racialized economies of enjoyment and terror while also attending to the forms of imagination and fabulation that strain against these structuring relays of desire, knowledge and violence.
How have enduring matrices of antiblack violence prefigured the epistemological protocols of supposedly "late" capitalism's financial speculations? What qualities of genre and representation are generatively distorted by the speculations pursued by modernity's dispossesed? How can these distortions angle at a future otherwise? Does liberatory or critical imagination and fabulation require an affirmative relation to futurity at all?
Join us for a daylong symposium on these topics and more with leading scholars in the fields of critical Black studies, education, english, and international economics. Keynote speaker Saidiya Hartman (Columbia University) will close the evening.
This symposium is co-sponsored by The New School Debate Team, Lang Civic Engagement & Social Justice, and the UC Berkeley debate team.
Panel 1 - Solidarity and Thought at the Limit (8:00 AM – 9:30 AM)
High School Scholars
* Please note that Panel 1 will take place at The New School University Center (63 Fifth Avenue)
Panel 2 - Race, Life, and Finance Capital (11:00 AM – 12:45 PM):
Anna Agathangelou, Political Science, York University
"A Transpacific Undercommons: Feminist, Decolonial Materialisms and Atomic Afterlives," - Aimee Bahng, English, Dartmouth College
"The Rhetoric of Race and Biopower: a Reading of Michel Foucault's Society Must Be Defended," - Donna V. Jones, English, UC Berkeley
"'Who Can Get the Colored Woman's Coin': African-American Women and Financial Citizenship in the First World War," - Julia Ott, History, The New School for Social Research
Panel 3 - Blackness and Speculation (1:30 PM – 3:15 PM):
"Theorizing in a Void," - Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, English, George Mason University
Tavia Nyong’o, Theater Studies, Yale University
Christina Sharpe, English, Tufts University
Jared Sexton (respondent), African American Studies, UC Irvine
Panel 4 - Black Educational Imaginations (3:30 PM – 4:30 PM)
Joshua Bennett, English, Harvard
Michael Dumas, Education, UC Berkeley
Shanara Reid-Brinkeley, Communication, University of Pittsburgh
Panel 5 - (Im)Possible Politics (4:45 PM – 6:15 PM)
High School Scholars from The New School, UC Berkeley, and other campuses
Keynote Address (6:30pm):
The Anarchy of Black Girls Assembled in a Riotous Manner
Saidiya Hartman - English, Columbia University
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