Session 5: Sunday, June 3rd: 10:00 - 11:50am
What is Afropessimism? Why is it now generating such attention and even controversy? What is the relation of Afropessimism to the Black Radical Imagination? By suggesting that Blackness is better understood as a position of accumulation, fungibility and social death rather than as a cultural identity, Afropessimism introduces new theoretical paradigms regarding structural-inert oppression and racist dehumanization within the normative gaze of a western imperialist continuum. Are there any limitations to this discursive movement towards a more accurate grammar of suffering with regards to socio-historical struggles for Black liberation? This panel will interrogate the emancipatory relevance and discursive trajectory of Afropessimist thought.