Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World by Gary Wilder (Book Launch)
Sadia Abbas on “How Injury Travels”
Public Presentation — How to Build the House of Taswir?: About the (Public) Transformation of Dreams, Letters and Things
Seminar / Atlas Session — How to Build an Altas of the House?: Experimenting with Epistemic Architecture(s)
James Baldwin’s Afro-Optimism
“The Passages of Walter Benjamin” film screening and discussion
  • Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World by Gary Wilder (Book Launch)
  • Sadia Abbas on “How Injury Travels”
  • Public Presentation — How to Build the House of Taswir?: About the (Public) Transformation of Dreams, Letters and Things
  • Seminar / Atlas Session — How to Build an Altas of the House?: Experimenting with Epistemic Architecture(s)
  • James Baldwin’s Afro-Optimism
  • “The Passages of Walter Benjamin” film screening and discussion

Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World by Gary Wilder (Book Launch)

February 24, 2015
6:00 pm
Room 9204, The Graduate Center, CUNY
"Freedom Time" is astonishing in its originality, breadth of learning, rhetorical power, interdisciplinary reach, and theoretical sophistication. It thoroughly transforms our understanding of the dialogues and disputations that made up the 'Black' / French encounter. With this work, Gary Wilder establishes himself as one of the most compelling and powerful voices in French and Francophone critical studies. Achille Mbembe, author of "On the Postcolony" [read more»]

Sadia Abbas on “How Injury Travels”

February 27, 2015
4:15 pm
Room C415A, The Graduate Center, CUNY
February 27 | 4:15–6:15pm | Room C415A Sadia Abbas  (Rutgers University) explores responses to the colonial construction of religious subjects in South Asia. Undertaken in an effort to manage colonized populations, this construction is captured and continued by the postcolonial state, the most well-known example of which is Pakistan’s blasphemy law. Intricate contestations of religious iconography of the state and of [read more»]

Public Presentation — How to Build the House of Taswir?: About the (Public) Transformation of Dreams, Letters and Things

March 17, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room
Tuesday, March 17th | 6–8pm | Skylight Room First in [Walter Benjamin] mini-series, Thinking Constellations:
A public presentation by A.S. Bruckstein Çoruh, thinker, writer, curator, architect of the House of Taswir and the Taswir Atlas. This event will be followed by a seminar / atlas session on [read more»]

James Baldwin’s Afro-Optimism

March 19, 2015
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Room 5109
Thursday, March 19th | 4:30–6:30pm | Room 5109 John E. Drabinski is Professor of Black Studies at Amherst College. In addition to authoring three books, including most recently Levinas and the Postcolonial: Race, Nation, Other (Edinburgh), he has written over three dozen articles in French philosophy and Africana theory, and has edited book and journal issues on Fanon, Godard, Levinas, Glissant, and the [read more»]

“The Passages of Walter Benjamin” film screening and discussion

March 30, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room
Monday, March 30th | 6-8pm | Skylight Room A film screening followed by lecture and discussion with director Judith Wechsler and Susan Buck-Morss (The Graduate Center, CUNY). THE PASSAGES OF WALTER BENJAMIN. A documentary film. 55 min. 2014.
The Paris Arcades, known as Passages in French, were a principal focus of renowned literary and cultural critic Walter Benjamin. From 1927-1940 he worked on his study: “My book, [read more»]

After Gezi, After the Elections, After ISIS: Politics in Turkey Now

October 20, 2014
12:00 am - 8:30 pm
Graduate Center CUNY, Room C198
After Gezi, After the Elections, After ISIS:
Politics in Turkey Now A Conversation Friday, October 20, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Room C198 This panel will present a conversation about the current political context in Turkey, in the wake of popular protests (Gezi and its follow-ups), parliamentary and presidential elections (which have strengthened the hand of the [read more»]

Book Discussion–Anthony Alessandrini’s Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different

September 26, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Graduate Center, CUNY Room 5409
Anthony Alessandrini is an Assistant Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY. His new book Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics focuses on a reading of Frantz Fanon’s work and life, asking how the work of a revolutionary writer such as Fanon might be best appropriated for contemporary political and cultural issues. 

November 20/21–Confronting Racial Capitalism: The Black Radical Tradition and the Cultures of Liberation

November 20, 2014 - November 21, 2014
All Day
Co-sponsored with the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. Occasioned by the work of Cedric J. Robinson, this symposium brings together leading radical thinkers to consider the history and ongoing struggle against racial capitalism. From Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition to his more recent work, Forgeries of Memory and Meaning: Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theatre [read more»]