This speaker series, aims to examine the production and manifestations of blackness in a global context. Speakers are invited to interrogate the historical, theoretical, social, and cultural approaches to understand the heterogeneous, contradictory, and contested meanings of blackness across time and space. To study blackness is to study how race permeates our social, cultural, political, economic, and legal parameters. To study manifestations of blackness in a global context it is also important to consider how ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and nationality shape the shifting contours of blackness. 

We will engage with questions such as, but not limited to: What is Blackness? What does it mean to occupy a Black body? How has our understanding of Blackness changed over time and space? What are the potentials and limitations of Blackness? What does it mean to be black in an anti-black world? How is blackness performed and embodied differently throughout the globe? Through this series we will bring together scholars whose works examine articulations of blackness across the globe (Ghana, South Africa, the Caribbean, India, Australia, the U.S., Canada, Brazil) in order to understand the discursive production of blackness in different temporal and spatial contexts. We will engage with different critical approaches to the study of blackness that includes history, anthropology, English, diaspora and transnational studies, black feminist thought, black/African queer studies, and visual culture studies and will encourage, nurture, and strengthen the dialogue between African Studies, African Diaspora Studies, African-American Studies and Afro-Asian Studies.

To study manifestations of blackness in a global context is to also consider the ways in which ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and nationality shape the shifting contours of blackness.