Ep. 54 – Alexis Pauline Gumbs, M Archive

In this episode, James is joined by AAP Fanon correspondent M. Shadee Malaklou as they welcome a new guest, Derrais Carter, assistant professor of Black Studies at Portland State University. The trio discuss Alexis Pauline Gumbs‘ forthcoming M Archive: After the End of the World (Duke UP, March 2018), the second book of her “planned experimental triptych.” M Archive is a speculative documentary project that chronicles the end of the world from an unspecified position of futurity. We sit with the ways Black poetics enact forms of knowledge that resist grammar and structure, and how Gumbs’ work exceeds genres and disciplinary boundaries. We also tease out the polemical strains of Black feminist metaphysics and ecocriticism that resonate throughout the imagined otherwise world that Gumbs conjures for her readers. What happens after the world ends? How can we take the act of breathing as the project of Black feminism? Take a listen and discover the ways that Afro-pessimism, Black optimism, and Afro-futurism fold into each other and open onto other dimensions of Black life in the Anthropocene.

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Ep. 30 – Akira Mizuta Lippit, Atomic Light (Shadow Optics)

Join Emily, Rachel, and B as they discuss ‘truth’ and the visible, psychoanalysis, and cinematic theory from Atomic Light (Shadow Optics) by Akira Mizuta Lippit. Taking Derrida’s book Archive Fever as the point of departure, Lippit asks us to consider cultural memory, legibility, and the process of discerning what is visible and what is not. In our discussion, we attempt to unpack the concept of the “shadow archive,” and respond to some questions from listener Matthew regarding what is potentially generative from this book outside the realm of film theory. We talk politics of the in/unvisible, of the avisual, and of our drastically differing feelings for the horror film genre. This episode also includes an advice question about Zizek (with a side of potential copyright infringement), and a One or Several Wolves brainstorm session analyzing (making up*) the meaning of a dream about a floor.

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