Genealogies & Futures of Black Aesthetics

April 25, 2019
April 26, 2019
9:00 - 6:00 PM
2115 Tawes Hall



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Schedule subject to change. Free & open to the public! Link to registration

Thursday, April 25, 2019

10am to 12pm. Nikhil Pal Singh’s Petrou Seminar w/ UMD graduate students (2115 Tawes) Register for the workshop

1:30-3pm. Opening Remarks & Roundtable  (2115 Tawes)

Opening Remarks: Bonnie Thornton Dill, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, UMD

  • Shirley Moody-Turner (English & African American Studies, Penn State)
  • Shaun Myers (English, University of Pittsburgh)
  • Shirley Parry (English, Anne Arundel Community College)
  • Christopher Brown (English, Wake Forest)
  • Laura Williams (English, UMD)

Moderator: Robert Levine (English, UMD)

3:00-3:15pm. Coffee Service. (Second Floor Atrium, Tawes Hall)

3:15-4:45pm. Session 1: Gender & Radical Politics (2115 Tawes Hall)

  • Soyica Colbert (African American Studies & Theatre and Performance, Georgetown University)
  • Erik McDuffie (African American Studies & History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Moderator: Julius Fleming, Jr. (English, UMD)

5-6:30pm. Petrou Critic-In-Residence Keynote: "The Subject of Black Radicalism" (Ulrich)

  • Nikhil Pal Singh (Social & Cultural Analysis and History, NYU)

6:30-8pm. Petrou Reception & After-hours Viewing of Posing Beauty in African American Culture (David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park)

Friday, April 26, 2019

8:30-9am. Coffee Service and Registration (Second Floor Atrium, Tawes Hall)

9-9:30am. Welcome & Introductory Remarks (2115 Tawes Hall)

  • Amanda Bailey (English, UMD)
  • Cheryl Wall (English, Rutgers)

9:30-11am. Session 2: Visual Culture & Radical Aesthetics (2115 Tawes)

  • Simone Browne (African American and African Diaspora, UT Austin)
  • Leigh Raiford (African American and African Diaspora, UC Berkeley)

Moderator: Jordana Moore Saggese (Art History & Archeology, UMD)

11-11:15am: Coffee Service (Second Floor Atrium, Tawes Hall)

11:15am-12:45pm. Session 3: Poetics & Performance (2115 Tawes)

  • Stephanie Batiste (English, UC Santa Barbara)
  • Brent Edwards (English & Comparative Literature, Columbia)

Moderator: Chad Infante (English, UMD)

1-2pm. Lunch (Second Floor Atrium, Tawes Hall)

2:15-3:45pm. Session 4: Diasporas & Radical Politics (2115 Tawes)

  • Malik Gaines (Tisch School of the Arts, NYU)
  • Margo Crawford (English, UPenn)

Moderator: La Marr Bruce (American Studies, UMD)

3:45-4pm: Coffee Service (Second Floor Atrium, Tawes Hall)

4-5:15pm. Session 5: Archives & Institutions (2115 Tawes)

  • Saidiya Hartman (English & Comparative Literature, Columbia)
  • Robert Reid-Pharr (Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard)

Moderator: GerShun Avilez (English, UMD)

5:15-6pm. Refreshments and Edibles (Second Floor Atrium, Tawes Hall)

6-7:30pm. Closing Plenary Performance: "Put a Little Honey in my Sweet Tea" (Ulrich)

  • E. Patrick Johnson (African American Studies & founder and director of the Black Arts Initiative, Northwestern)

2019.04.25-26: Poster for Genealogies + Futures of Black Aesthetics


Sponsors: Division of Research; College of Art & Humanities; Center for Synergy; Center for Literary & Comparative Studies; Departments of American Studies, Art History and Archaeology, English, History, Women's Studies; School of Music; School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies; Office of Diversity & Inclusion; Office of Undergraduate Studies; David C. Driskell Center; African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanites (AADHUM); Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)

Organizers & Planning Commitee: Mary Helen Washington, Edlie Wong, Karen Nelson, Christina Walter


For more information contact: Edlie Wong (