Focus on the Funk: Journeys… , Conference Birkbeck 20–21 May 2015

by | 4 Mar 2016

2-day conference: 20 May 2016: 9.00am – 5.30pm & 21 May 2016: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Sponsors: Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck School of Law, BIMI & Serpentine Galleries

Organised by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera and Kojo Koram


Journeys from the Caribbean and the Americas to Africa, the Middle East, and back … flights to the wreckage of post-colonial and modernist discourses, institutions, and territories … Journeys through self-colonised Europe, now evolving into the Global South. The South as a state of mind, rather than a place or a (more or less expanded) canon. Journeys with Frantz Fanon and Alicia Garza as pioneers in the ‘southing’ of the mind and situated fighters; with Lewis R. Gordon as jazz drummer, chief thinker of our time and author of “What Fanon Said”; to celebrate Paget Henry’s own journeys at his 70th birthday; and Gail Roberts for being Gail Roberts. Of Grammatology’s 40-year journey with Gayatri Spivak, but also her, her journey, life, and lifework as an exemplar and figure for those of us bent on decolonising Critical Theory and criticalizing the Decolonial.

We would like you to join us for a historical, visual, philosophical, musical and poetic journey through mondialisation and its forms of de-specification and institutional establishment.

SPEAKERS include: Alicia Garza; Lewis R. Gordon (University of Connecticut); Paget Henry  (Brown University); Gail Lewis (Birkbeck, University of London); Nina Power (Roehampton University/Birkbeck, University of London); Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia University).

View the full programme here.

On both days the conference will be followed by a video art session at the Birkbeck Cinema. This is a smaller venue than the conference so separate booking is essential. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

More information & booking for the video art session on 20 May.

More information & booking for the video art session on 21 May.

Image courtesy of Emory Douglas.

WHEN: Friday, 20 May 2016 at 09:00 – Saturday, 21 May 2016 at 18:30 (BST) – Add to Calendar

WHERE: Room B33 and B34 – Birkbeck, University of London Malet St, London WC1E 7HX, United Kingdom – View Map


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