The Mass Culture Workshop is pleased to present:
Kara Keeling, Associate Professor of Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts and of African American Studies in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is author of The Witch’s Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense (Duke University Press, 2007), and is currently writing her second monograph, tentatively entitled “Digital Media and Social Movements,” and completing several essays on topics such as temporality, cinema and black cultural politics; digital media, globalization, and difference; and Gilles Deleuze and liberation theory.
Professor Keeling will be presenting a work in progress titled “Electric Feel” (A Remix): Transduction, Errantry, and the Refrain.” The paper strives to assess what certain logics inherited from selected popular music songs might offer to ongoing efforts to renegotiate bonds, institutions, and political possibilities shaped by the violences characteristic of capitalism, white supremacy, neoliberal multiculturalism, and contemporary geopolitics. Making Deleuze and Guattari’s concepts of “the Refrain,” and “music” available as heuristics and technologies that can contribute to ongoing explorations of the role that sound plays and yet might play in contemporary Euro-American feminist cultural studies, this essay is animated by what might be called, following Édouard Glissant, a mode of “scholarly errantry.” It aims to produce a creative, scholarly engagement with how sound (here in the form of music) might offer insightful support for generating and relating concepts to the rapidly changing present circumstances that queer anti-racist feminisms might actively participate in shaping.
Friday, February 17, 10:30am -12:30pm in Cobb 310. Refreshments will be provided.
The paper can be downloaded here. To obtain the password to access this paper, please contact workshop co-coordinator Nova Smith at nova [at] uchicago [dot] edu or Chris Carloy at ccarloy [at] uchicago [dot] edu.
This event is being co-sponsored by the Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop.
**Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance, please contact Nova Smith at nova [at] uchicago [dot] edu or Chris Carloy at ccarloy [at] uchicago [dot] edu**