| ||University of California, Irvine|
School of Humanities
|Date & Time: ||9/30/2011 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
|Department: ||Comparative Literature|
|Event Title: ||"Gender, Human Vulnerability, and the Abjection of Blackness" by Sabine Broeck|
|Place: ||Humanities Gateway 3341|
|Abstract: Judith Butler's work has recently moved from a critique of performativity, which has become an established paradigm for international gender studies, towards what she has called an ontology of human vulnerability. Both of these tropes share in a theoretical trajectory characterized by a rhetoric of both appropriation and disavowal of slavery. This mode of critique remains implicated in the abjection of the black/slave's presence in our times, that is, in Saidiya Hartman's words, in the future that slavery has generated.|
Biography: Dr. Sabine Broeck is Professor of (African) American Studies and Gender Studies and Director of the Institute for Postcolonial and Transcultural Studies (INPUTS) at University of Bremen, Germany. She is also currently President of the Collegium for African American Research (CAAR), an international scholarly organization. In addition to her many articles and book chapters, Prof. Bröck is the author of White Amnesia - Black Memory? American Women’s Writing and History (Peter Lang, 1999). Her presentation is drawn from a forthcoming manuscript, Abjection and Metaphor: (Post) Slavery and the White Rhetoric of Gender, under contract with SUNY Press.
Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the African American Studies Department.
This event has been generously co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of German, and the Program in Culture & Theory.
.pdf Attachment: Flier