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The Spiral Collective cordially invites you to its 2021 “Spiral Talks” 

• Black Time, Technics, and the Haptic •

Elizabeth Reich

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Friday, June 25, 2021

3:00-4:30pm EDT


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This talk will begin with a consideration of how and why theorizations 
of Black time(s) remain necessary to engage the socio-political 
realities and paradoxes of Black life in the diaspora; and to 
interrogate and reconceptualize accepted epistemologies and ontologies 
that delegitimize, constrain, and render distorted or incomprehensible 
Black movement, experience, and expression. My articulation of Black 
times, and the problematics they engage theoretically as well as in 
daily life, will include readings of contemporary Black cultural 
production as well as what I will describe as “the haptic,” a form of 
knowing, being, and acting by which I argue Black peoples can create 
lifeworlds of unrestricted dimensionality. Operating from the premise 
that Blackness has already been constructed as a category outside of 
“the human,” I will argue for an understanding of Black survival and 
resistance praxis as inherently technological, extra-temporal, and 
subversive, and focus in particular on how Black embodiment may disrupt, 
extend, or resolve seemingly immanent paradoxes. The talk will bring 
together diverse theoretical frameworks by Bernard Stiegler, Kodwo 
Eshun, Fred Moten, Katherine McKittrick, and Sun Ra, among others. To 
demonstrate the importance of reconceptualizing the sphere of the 
technical and the urgency of redressing the times, spaces and 
possibilities for liberatory Black life, I will be drawing on analyses 
of Black media and internet work, including from films by Kathryn 
Bigelow, Jordan Peele and Boots Riley; television series by Terence 
Nance and Peele and Misha Green; and #BlackLivesMatter.Elizabeth Reich 
<> is Associate 
Professor of Film Studies in the Department of English at the University 
of Pittsburgh and Affiliate Faculty with the Center for African American 
Poetry and Poetics and the Program for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s 
Studies. Her research focuses on the intersections of Black Studies, 
digital media, Afrofuturism, critical race studies, queer and trans 
studies, and social movements in historical, global, and transnational 
contexts. She is author of Militant Visions: Black Soldiers, 
Internationalism and the Transformation of American Cinema and her 
coedited collection, Justice in Time: Critical Afrofuturism and 
the Struggle for Black Freedom, is under contract at University of 
Minnesota Press. She is also coeditor of three special journal issues, 
“New Approaches to Cinematic Identification,” in Film Criticism with 
Scott Richmond, “Reliquary for the Digital in Nine Key Terms,” in 
ASAP/Journal with Stephen Yeager, and “Black Film Feminisms” in Film 
Criticism with Courtney Baker and Ellen Scott. She is working on her 
second monograph, “Reparative Ecologies: Time and the Globe,” and recent 
essays have appeared in ASAP/Journal, Film Criticism, 
Screen, Post45, ASAP/Journal, World Records Journal, and African 
American Review. Liz is a contributing editor to ASAP/Journal and serves 
on the editorial board of Film Criticism.

Spiral <> is a Toronto-based collective 
dedicated to exploring intersections of film, media, and philosophy with 
a special interest in issues and themes of political resistance and 
aesthetic dissonance.

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