‘Black Futurity in a Photographic Frame’ stages an encounter with a collection of images that articulate the historical and contemporary grammar of black futurity resulting from the criminalization and mass incarceration of black bodies in the US. It engages a remarkable set of Tumblr photos and their reappropriation by African American youth struggling to develop a practice of refusing the statistical probability of premature death in the twenty-first century.
Tina Campt is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Africana and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Chair of the Africana Studies Department at Barnard College and affiliated with Columbia University (IRWGS). Having taught at Duke University, UC-Santa Cruz, and the TU Berlin, she joined the Barnard faculty in NYC in 2010. She has received grants and fellowships from the American Association of University Women, DAAD, and the Social Science Research Council. She is the author of Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender, and Memory in the Third Reich (2004), Image Matters: Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe (2012), and the forthcoming Listening to Images.
The lecture is part of the current ICI Lecture Series ERRANS, in Time. Ideas of physical, social, revolutionary time, internal time consciousness, or historical experience are far from settled in their respective discourses and practices. Yet attempts to harmonize or correlate the understanding of time and temporal phenomena generated in different disciplines all-too quickly resort to normative, if not teleological ideas of progress, efficiency, or experiential plenitude. Can the heterogenous relations between discordant conceptions of time and temporality be understood as being ‘erratically’ structured, that is, as marked by inherent misapprehensions, a dissonance that defies regulation, and an unexpected variability?
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