BlackLight is a performance ethnography project. We utilize the creativity and critical insight of a multigenerational group of women to reimagine the possibilities for living in under-resourced urban environments.
RUMINATIONS ON BLACKNESS
Wednesday, April 20th 2011
Paul Robeson Main Art Gallery
Keynote Speaker: La Marr Jurelle Bruce, PhD Candidate in African American Studies and American Studies at Yale
Since her arrival in the American pop cultural milieu, Lauryn Hill has been varyingly hailed as a genius, prophetess, and madwoman. In “Looking for Lauryn,” Lar Marr Jurelle Bruce maps Hill’s traversal of the epistemic categories of genius, madness, and prophecy. He ponders how pop cultural imaginaries have ascribed these concepts to Hill and how Hill herself has strategically claimed and brandished them for radical performance.
This keynote focuses especially on Hill’s relation to the semiotics and phenomenology of madness. What does Ms. Hill achieve by “acting crazy,” and at what cost? Furthermore, how might progressive intellectual, political, and performative interventions claim and utilize a politics of (black) madness?
Opening Remarks: 1:30
BlackLight Performance: 1:45
Panel I, Student Panel: 2:00
Panel II, Faculty Panel: 3:15
Keynote: “Looking for Lauryn”: 4:15
Conference Organizers: Dr. Aimee Cox and Darnell L. Moore