Columbia Global Centers l Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, 75006
This lecture explores the affects of black visuality that converge in a genre of imagery called still-moving-images. Still-moving-images are images that hover somewhere between still and moving images and require the affective labor of feeling with or through them. They are images that require us to engage the overlapping sensory realms of the visual, the sonic, the haptic, and the affective labor that constellates in, around and in response to such images. The talk will animate and engage a series of filmic works that trouble the relationship between stillness, movement and motion, and reconfigure these blurred lines to create forms of black visuality which challenge their audiences to confront their own relationship to the precarity of black life in the twenty-first century.
Part of the 'Wednesdays at the Institute' lecture series organized by Institute for Ideas and Imagination and Columbia Global Centers l Paris.
Tina Campt is Claire Tow and Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Africana and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women at Barnard. Campt joined the Barnard faculty in 2010, prior to which she held faculty positions at Duke University, the University of California-Santa Cruz and the Technical University of Berlin. Originally trained in modern German history at Cornell University, Professor Campt’s published work explores gender, racial and diasporic formation in black communities in Germany, and Europe more broadly. She is the author of three books. Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender and Memory in the Third Reich (University of Michigan Press, 2004) is a historical inquiry based on oral histories and archival documents that explores the experiences of Black Germans during the Third Reich. Image Matters: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora in Europe (Duke University Press, 2012) theorizes the affects of family photography in early twentieth century Black German and Black British communities. Her most recent book, Listening to Images (Duke University Press, 2017) theorizes the everyday practices of refusal and fugitivity enacted in a frequently overlooked genre of black vernacular photographs she calls ‘quiet photography.’ Campt has edited special issues of Feminist Review, Callaloo and Small Axe, and together with Paul Gilroy, co-edited Der Black Atlantik (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2004), the first German language collection of key texts on the Black Atlantic. Professor Campt is the recipient of research grants and fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the American Association of University Women, The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Social Science Research Council, and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. Campt will be on leave at Columbia University's Institute for Ideas and Imagination during the academic year 2018-19.