Thursday, 06 January
148. Performances of Black Cultural Trauma and Memory
5:15–6:30 p.m., Atrium I, J. W. Marriott
A special session
Presiding: Lisa Thompson, Univ. at Albany, State Univ. of New York
Speakers: Herman Beavers, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Diana Rebekkah Paulin, Trinity Coll., CT; Sonnet Retman, Univ. of Washington, Seattle; Valerie Smith, Princeton Univ.; Lisa Thompson; Lisa Woolfork, Univ. of Virginia
This roundtable will examine various ways African American novelists, poets, filmmakers, playwrights, and other artists engage with and evoke black cultural trauma and memory in their work. The six participants on this roundtable will consider how representations of black pain, horror, terror, suffering, violence, and struggle are memorialized, performed, evoked, and fetishized.