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Black Data: Vogue Time Down

Shaka McGlotten is Associate Professor of Media, Society, and the Arts at Purchase College, State University of New York and the author of Virtual Intimacies: Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality and coeditor (with Dána-Ain Davis) of Black Genders and Sexualities.

The heuristic "black data" evokes different assemblages of black life in the network. Black data refers to pulsating movements of concealment and revelation—hacking, secret Facebook groups, Instas, emergent micropublics. It suggests the unknowability of a black box and the violence of a black site and the communality of a black bloc. And it refers to the historical ways people of African descent have been rendered objects of mastery and control, their bodies and personhoods abstracted into commodities, insurance claims, revenue streams, statistical deviations, vectors of risk. Yet black data also refers to black production of black knowledges: astronomy, new technologies like rock n roll or hip-hop, secret signs and cool linguistic codes. ​

This performance lecture, drawn from Glotten's larger, book-length project, Black Data: Queer of Color Critique, focuses on one for​m of queer of color expressive practices: voguing, the queer of color dance form that emerged in Harlem in the 1980s and which is enjoying a global resurgence today. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Eliot Hall, Chapel

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Faculty & Staff, Students, General Public



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