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Fred Moten and Stefano Harney on Use and Usufruct
WhenThursday, Oct. 20, 2016, 8 – 10 p.m.
WhereDiscovery Hall (UW Bothell)
Campus room162
Event typesLectures/Seminars, Special Events
Event sponsorsThe Simpson Center for the Humanities, the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics at UW Bothell, the MA in Cultural Studies at UW Bothell, American & Ethnic Studies at UW Bothell, and the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE) at UW Seattle.

Longtime friends and co-conspirators, Harney and Moten's work together includes The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study. Their presentation, “Use and Usufruct,” expands on their earlier work that seeks to amplify the discourses and policies of improvement and/in ownership and to illuminate the alternative to those discourses and policies that animate the Black Radical Tradition. Their talk will be followed by an informal discussion moderated by Georgia M. Roberts (UW Bothell).

"How can we survive genocide? We can only address this question by studying how we have survived genocide. In the interest of imagining what exists, there is an image of Michael Brown we must refuse in favor of another image we don’t have. One is a lie, the other unavailable. If we refuse to show the image of a lonely body, of the outline of the space that body simultaneously took and left, we do so in order to imagine jurisgenerative black social life walking down the middle of the street—for a minute, but only for a minute, unpoliced, another city gathers, dancing. We know it’s there, and here, and real; we know what we can’t have happens all the time. Imagining what exists requires and allows analysis." - Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, "Michael Brown"

This event is free and open to the public. Register in advance here

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