Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Another conference from the Fall I'm just getting time to post here -- ARTICULATING AFRICANA PHILOSOPHY at Penn State in November. Things got off to a start a day earlier with an intesive symposium on Fanon -- but early the next morning in a tiny room just off campus a huge crowd of big thinkers gathered for a series of conversations about the field of Africana philosophy and its current state. Very nearly everybody was here. A partial list includes: Devonia Havis, Lewis Gordon, Lou Turner, Denise James, Arnold Farr, Chike Jeffers, Charles Mills, Luvell Anderson, Olufemi Taiwo, Kristie Dotson, David McClean, Ronald Sundstrom, Bernard Boxill, J. Everet Green, Barry Hallen, Frank Kirkland, Lucius Outlaw, Al Prettyman, Mickaella Perina, Rozena Maart, Nigel Gibson . . . Mostly organized through the might mighty efforts of Kathryn Gines and Paul Taylor.
I've never seen anything quite like this concentration of Africana philosophy talent in one gathering, and I used to have an office in Alain Locke Hall!
Lucious Outlaw was, as usual, assiduously documenting everything, so we will hear and see more of this in time to come.
Charles Mills found himself in the position of having to get used to the idea of himself as an OG trailblazer, but he handled it gracefully.
There should be much, much more of this work sponsored by American universities.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Been running so hard that I haven't had much time for blogging -- But I want to reach back and post photos from a couple events from last Fall. This year's meeting of ASAP was held in Pittsburgh, spread from the downtown hotels over to U of Pittsburgh, with its Cathedral of Learning, and Carnegie Mellon, with its campus people walking into the sky.
Highlights of the conference included a trip over to the Warhol Museum and a visit from D.J. Spooky. I was there to continue my work on William Parker's collaborations with Amiri Baraka.