Ivy Wilson (Northwestern University), "Hieroglyphs of the African Diaspora: Black Popular Culture and Nonce Transnationalism"
FEB 22, 2013 | 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
4406: English Student Lounge
February 22, 2013: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
While important strands of black diaspora theory privilege notions of translation or syncretism as an effort to locate the analogous points of convergence to correlate disparate experiences, this talk examines key moments in black cultural production where the correlative link between the U.S. and Africa can only be rendered legible through what might be called an associative ambience. More specifically, by tracing the traffic of Egyptian iconography from Frederick Douglass (in the nineteenth century) to Erykah Badu (in the early twentieth-first century), this talk seeks to limn the meanings of an ambient subjectivity as a form of a black transnational identification.