‘Black Liberation and the Paradox of Political Engagement’ – A Talk by Frank Wilderson, III

‘Black Liberation and the Paradox of Political Engagement’ – A Talk by Frank Wilderson, III

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 6.01.07 PMBlack Student Union (BSU), Critical Anti-Colonial Studies, Faces of African Muslims (FAM), and Islamic Third World Coalition have organized to bring key Afro-Pessimist thinker and anti-Apartheid fighter Dr. Frank Wilderson, III to University of California at Davis.

Date: March 19, 2015
Time: 5 pm
Location: Andrews Conference Room, UCDavis

In this talk, Frank Wilderson will use ideas/themes from a paper he wrote titled “The Black Liberation Army and the Paradox of Political Engagement”. See the abstract of that paper below-

Abstract:
“Assata Shakur’s 1973 prison communiqué is exemplary of the paradox immanent in any recourse to the analogical terrain of the Symbolic for the articulation of a Black political position. The violence constitutive of the Black-qua-Slave voids access to “transindividual objects” of prior spatial (e.g. “land”) or temporal (e.g. “heritage”) plenitude—real or imaginable—that both triangulate intra-Human (non-Black) conflict and fortify their relationality or common subjectivity. Since the narrative structure of political discourse cannot translate gratuitous violence (Real) from “violated” flesh (Imaginary) to its authorized touchstones (Symbolic), it, like the Marxists and postcolonialists who deploy its grammar, are inherently anti-Black.”

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