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Black Rhythm and Black Resistance

3/17/22, 11:00 PM

About the Class

Prof. Moten leads us in an exploration of the drum as instrument for Africana creativity and resistance in the aftermath of slavery and colonialism. Traditions of African drumming connect the USA, the Caribbean, and Latin America. And these traditions are associated with practices of interruption and polyrythm that have long inspired the survival, vitality, and togetherness of the African diaspora.

“One of the characteristics of my upbringing was listening to the same stories over and over. And I realized that each time the stories were told they were told a little bit differently each time with little differences… The way that they told those stories didn’t just reveal the specificity of those people but about the entire social structure of the world that they built. Repetition reveals depth.”
Fred Moten NYU

About the speaker

Fred Moten NYU

Professor in the Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts.

Fred Moten is Professor in the Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts. He holds an A.B. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. #PPPP#. Moten teaches courses and conducts research in black studies, performance studies, poetics and critical theory. He is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003); Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2009); B. Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010); The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2014), The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), The Service Porch (Letter Machine Editions, 2016), a three-volume collection of essays whose general title is consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press, 2017, 2018) and All that Beauty (Letter Machine Editions, 2019). Moten is also co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2013) and A Poetics of the Undercommons (Sputnik and Fizzle, 2016) and, with Wu Tsang, of Who touched me? (If I Can’t Dance, I Don't Want to be Part of Your Revolution, 2016). Moten has served on the editorial boards of Callaloo, Discourse, American Quarterly and Social Text; as a member of the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine; on the board of directors of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York; and on the advisory board of Issues in Critical Investigation, Vanderbilt University.

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