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Representing Black Men 25th Anniversary
Join us in this online discussion to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Representing Black Men, edited by Marcellus Blount and George P. Cunningham. The panel will address the stakes of continuing an investigation into black masculinity, as it is constructed in social, political and aesthetic spheres.

Published in 1996, Blount and Cunningham’s groundbreaking anthology explored the racial, sexual, and gender contours of black masculinity, paying particular attention to how that exploration emerged from and conversed with Black Feminist scholarship.

In this panel, we will take the anthology’s insights and ask how do black subjects continually live and imagine worlds at the limits of gendered and binarized subjectivities? What is the text’s relationship to current scholarship on transgender and nonbinary masculinities, as scenes of embodiment unencumbered by binaries that exclude black subjects from the outset? Thinking after Blount, Cunningham and the contributors to the volume, how might Representing Black Men continue to challenge conceptualizations of black masculinity in the present?

Panelists include:
George Cunningham, Professor of Africana Studies, Brooklyn College
Marshall Green, Assistant Professor, Williams College
Chandan Reddy, Associate Professor, University of Washington
Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law, Columbia University

Moderated by Isaac Jean-Francois

Nov 10, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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