"Regarding Black Pain"

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Engelska parken Sal 22-1017
  • Lecturer: Christopher Harris
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  • Organiser: Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR)
  • Contact person: Daniel Strand
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Christopher Harris’s research explores how contemporary forms of Black politics, culture, and performance contest and reshape a range of political, social, and cultural norms across the Black Diaspora.

Christopher Harris is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of African American studies at Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D. in Politics and Historical Studies from The New School for Social Research this summer. Discussant: Ylva Habel, researcher and associate professor in Media and Communication Science, Södertörn University.

Abstract

The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) is part of a broader renaissance in Black organizing, expression, and political thought in the United States, as well as around the world. Its intervention has come in tandem with, and as a consequence of, the steady stream of images and reports graphically announcing the contingency of Black life through the sanctioned distribution of Black death. Drawing on three years of ethnographic research and activism, this presentation uses responses to pain and the concept of “regard” to theorize present patterns of Black resistance, fugitivity, and refusal. In doing so, it brings into focus the way young Black folks in and around M4BL operationalize a radically inclusive ethic of care, not only as a defining characteristic of their space, place, and self-making practices but as the foundation for a transformative political culture.