Society of Scholars
The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations who contribute to and learn from one another’s work. Each year, approximately eight faculty and three dissertation research fellowships support members of the Society of Scholars. Scholars in year-long residence at the University of Washington may be invited to participate as well. The group meets biweekly throughout the year to discuss their research in progress.
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2022 - 2023 Society of Scholars
2022 - 2023 Society of Scholars Fellow
Dispensation of the Faculties: prohibition of capacity, radical persistence, Black arts, antimmanent critique
My project examines how the distribution and exercise of the human faculties, as a capitalist dispensation, relies upon and implies the prohibition of the faculties to Blackness. I theorize radical Black persistence as movement that works to suspend both this prohibition and capacity itself. Reading cinematic, media, and literary works, I pair discrete faculties with explorations of specific media as a means of theorizing each faculty and its prohibition. Over the course of this itinerary, my goal is to elaborate a materialist, immanent conception of anti-Blackness and to approach persistence as an antagonistic, antimmanent, apophatic materialism.