Inspired by the recent publication of numerous books on Black Aesthetics from a wide range of disciplines, many of which are provoked by the tragic deaths, incarceration, conditions of inequality, and forms of creative resistance affecting black people today, Monique Roelofs and Michael Kelly are organizing a two-day "Questioning Aesthetics Symposium on Black Aesthetics" at Hampshire College. With the title "Black Aesthetics" we do not assume any one conception of Black Aesthetics or even that there is such a thing, as we understand aesthetics to be critical thinking about art, culture, design, and nature, often in relation to social, political, and moral issues. Five panels with 16 speakers followed by a roundtable for all attendees are designed to explore new questions, models and directions in this vibrant field of inquiry.
On Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1, the Questioning Aesthetics Symposium: Black Aesthetics will take place at Hampshire College, organized by Michael Kelly and Monique Roelofs. Five panels with 15 speakers will be followed by a roundtable.
For further information, please see the conference websites: blackaesthetics.hampshire.edu and https://transaestheticsfoundation.org/ which list background readings.
Related events include a workshop, "Architecture and Race," with Mabel O. Wilson (Architecture, Columbia University) on Thursday March 30 from 2:00-4:00 pm (Hampshire College, R.W. Kern Center 202). Fred Moten will be giving the Schocket lecture also on March 30 at 5:00 pm (Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall).
We hope to see you, your colleagues, and students at the symposium!
Questioning Aesthetics Symposium: Black Aesthetics
Friday March 31, Red Barn, 9:00-6:00
Saturday April 1, Red Barn, 9:30-1:45; R.W. Kern Center 3:30-5:30
Free and open to the public
The Red Barn and R.W. Kern Center are accessible locations.
For practical information, please contact Tripp Johnson (wgjHA@hampshire.edu).