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2020 Carl Weber Memorial Lecture | Fred Moten “available  empathy”

March 5, 2020 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Pigott Theater - Map Link

“available            empathy”

Stanford TAPS welcomes special guest Fred Moten, Poet and Professor (Tisch NYU), as presenter of the 2020 Carl Weber Memorial Lecture, “available empathy”. 

In Arthur Jafa’s film Dreams Are Colder Than Death, Hortense Spillers considers the vexed relation between the enslaved black woman’s “availability in the flesh” to white slave masters and empathy. “The flesh gives empathy,” she says. Let’s consider not only the content of what she says but also the poetics of her saying. What’s the relation between an amazing caesura that both divides and animates her meditation and the idea or notion of crisis—and its related/derivative terms critique and criticism—particularly in the ways these terms are operative now in black studies? How might the refusal of ontological terror that black study would enact join the withdrawal from ontological dependence that performance studies ought to practice?


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March 5, 2020, 6:00 pm