Dear seekers of more productive pleasures:
Many thanks to everyone who took part in last week’s discussion about Fred Moten and Stefano Harney’s The Undercommons, and who also helped us to reflect as Virtual Koerner’s moves to its new stage, a new hallway in the undercommons.
A reminder: we will now be meeting every other week, on Fridays, usually at 1pm Pacific (with one exception, detailed below).
As you know, we have some more very special guests joining us on September 25, and we are currently preparing ourselves for their visit.
As such, for our discussion this week, we propose the following two readings:
- Denise Ferreira Da Silva, “Toward a Black Feminist Poethics: The Quest(ion) of Blackness Toward the End of the World”. The Black Scholar 44:2 (2014): 81-97.
- Manuel Callahan and Annie Paradise, “Fierce Care: Politics of Care in the Zapatista Conjuncture” 2017. Also at https://transversal.at/blog/Fierce-Care.
We will meet to discuss these texts on Friday, September 11, at 1pm Pacific.
All this will take place on Zoom, of course. Because it’s 2020.
Then on Friday, September 25 (at *4pm* Pacific): We will be joined by Fred Moten, Stefano Harney, Manolo Callahan, Denise Ferreira da Silva and Annie Paradise.
And from Friday, October 9 we will return to our lunchtime slot.
We are sorry if this is a little complicated. We have had to scramble a bit to find space and time as everyone becomes increasingly busy. And VK is always at the margins.
Please do feel free to invite others (whether they are in Vancouver or not) to join us. Virtual Koerner’s is fully in Phase Four of lockdown, and we are delighted to see our “bubble” continuing to expand. If anyone wants to be added to the list, they can be in touch with me.
And again, we very much welcome and invite suggestions of texts, speakers, discussion topics, and so on. We especially welcome a) texts written by VK participants (short texts can be posted to our blog, https://blogs.ubc.ca/virtualkoerners/category/blog/), and b) suggestions for linked “cycles” of sessions that might include different kinds of texts on a common theme.
You will hear information about subsequent meetings very shortly.
We look forward to seeing you next week.
Take care, stay alert, don’t panic, wear a mask, be kind, keep calm, and carry on