The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts will be hosting the symposium “Visualizing Pleasure and Practices of Freedom: A South/North Dialogue” in collaboration with the Centre for Humanities Research.
Co-curated by Jordache A. Ellapen and Kass Banning, the symposium features a series of panels across two days, including a keynote lecture by Lamonda Horton-Stallings (Professor of African American Studies, Georgetown) and a conversation between Isaac Julien and Kass Banning. CHR Next Generation Scholar Lwando Scott will be participating in a panel on Global Blackness & The Aesthetics of Pleasure.
Visualizing Pleasure and Practices of Freedom
Dedicated to exploring the complex relation between racialized, ethico-political dimensions of pleasure and practices of freedom, Visualizing Pleasure and Practices of Freedom: A South/North Dialogue will explore concepts of pleasure animated through cinematic and performative means. Informed by queer and recent black critique, conversations will adopt pleasure as its analytic to theorize aesthetic and political practices of freedom that configure difference otherwise. Engaging queries that arise from the overlapping rhetoric of race, sexuality and the sensorium, the symposium will bring together inquiries into relationships between audio-visual media and pleasure: the erotic, the sonic, and the racialized body, attending to the sensuous potential of such encounters.