CHI Fellows Symposium at Amherst College, April 6-7, 2023

Black Here and Now
“Black: Here and Now” invites interdisciplinary engagement with various forms of Black life and cultural expression. Bringing together visual artists and scholars from Philosophy, Black Studies, and visual and literary studies, this conference examines the significance of Blackness in identity, art, music, and time-based media.

The symposium explores a range of questions: What are the relationships between the histories of imperialism, enslavement, and global representations of Blackness? What does putting Afro-Latinidad in conversation with the post-soul/post-black concept reveal about the meaning of Blackness in the contemporary moment? How do forms of black visual culture challenge what we perceive to be legitimate forms of knowledge?

Keynote Address by Saidiya Hartman

April 6 at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson Chapel

Saidiya Hartman photo
Saidiya Hartman is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where her major fields of inquiry are African American and American literature and cultural history, slavery, law and literature, and performance studies. Author of Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-making in Nineteenth-Century America (1997), Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route ( 2007), and Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval (2020), she is on the editorial board of Callaloo and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships.

Panel 1: On Saidiya Hartman's Work

Panel 2: Post-Soul Afro-Latinidades

Panel 3: Black Visuality: Water, Salt, Skin

Musical Performance