116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Black Masculinity

Session Chair: 
Joi Carr, Pepperdine University
Session 5: Saturday 1:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Miller Hall 17
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  1. David John Boyd, University of Glasgow (Scotland)
    This essay examines the directorial works of Hiro Murai in relation to his recent collaboration with Donald Glover in television series Atlanta (2016-) and his music video for his single “This is America” (2018). In this paper, I argue that their collaboration produces an expansive and expressive film philosophy of afro-pessimism that depicts the anxieties of black American apocalypse and genocide as a constant, urgent, and imminent threat that must be resisted by reevaluating the ontology of Blackness.
  2. Joi Carr, Pepperdine University
    This session explores the nature of what Ellison deemed the “Blackness of Blackness”—the reality that functions below linguistic levels, that deep abiding blues reality of being both black and American. R. Ellison and L. Hughes posit the peculiar nature of this existence as absurd. Ellison and Hughes will function as exemplars of an interpretive modality, a black vernacular approach toward articulating this complex experiential knowledge, giving language to the social/psychic death embodied on their texts.
Session Cancelled: