Upcoming Intellectual Publics Event with Saidiya Hartman and Ann Cvetkovich

Hi all,

Just wanted to post about an upcoming event hosted by the new Intellectual Publics initiative, which promises to be outstanding. Ann Cvetkovich’s Depression, like Eve Sedgwick’s A Dialogue on Love, was, for me, a crucial guide for navigating the emotional impasses and obstacles of graduate education and intellectual life–a much needed alternative perspective to Gregory Colon Semenza’s Graduate Study for the Twenty-First Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities. This semester, I taught Saidiya Hartman’s Lose Your Mother: A Journal Along the Atlantic Slave Route, an invaluable hybrid narrative that challenges traditional distinctions between intellect and affect, the past and the present, and the idea that research should be impartial, unbiased, and unmoving. The work of these scholars is nothing short of transformative, and I’m sure the evening will be too. I hope to see you all there!



The Practice of Writing:
A Conversation with Ann Cvetkovich and Saidiya Hartman

April 27, 2015 6-8pm
Kelly Skylight Room
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Ann Cvetkovich and Saidiya Hartman will discuss their turn to alternative forms of writing in response to the pressures of absent and ephemeral archives and the pursuit of affectively engaged research methods.  They will explore their vision for a writing practice that can do justice to their objects of study in the face of the challenging conditions under which publishers and scholars, among others, currently work.
Read more here.


The Futures Initiative
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309