Book Roundtable: Black Madness: Mad Blackness by Theri Alyce Pickens

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Date & Time: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 4:00pm to 6:00pm

In Black Madness :: Mad Blackness Therí Alyce Pickens rethinks the relationship between Blackness and disability, unsettling the common theorization that they are mutually constitutive. Pickens shows how Black speculative and science fiction authors such as Octavia Butler, Nalo Hopkinson, and Tananarive Due craft new worlds that reimagine the intersection of Blackness and madness. These creative writer-theorists formulate new parameters for thinking through Blackness and madness. Pickens considers Butler's Fledgling as an archive of Black madness that demonstrates how race and ability shape subjectivity while constructing the building blocks for antiracist and anti-ableist futures. She examines how Hopkinson's Midnight Robber theorizes mad Blackness and how Due's African Immortals series contests dominant definitions of the human. The theorizations of race and disability that emerge from these works, Pickens demonstrates, challenge the paradigms of subjectivity that white supremacy and ableism enforce, thereby pointing to the potential for new forms of radical politics.

Roundtable Participants:
Chris Baswell,  Barnard College
Theri Alyce Pickens, Bates College
Samuel K. Roberts, Jr.  Columbia University
Josef Sorett , Columbia University

Elizabeth J. Donaldson, New York Institute of Technology

Columbia University- Forum Building
601 West 125th street  NY, NY 10027
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4:00pm - 6:00pm