This talk is about the connection between blackness, freedom, and fugitivity. The colonial gaze, which reflects and recreates an epistemic framework that signifies on black bodies and lives, necessitates an ethical response – from black folks and otherwise blackened folks – of fugitivity. As a practical refusal of capture, fugitivity marks an effort for black people to salvage our subjectivity through processes of unmaking (and unmasking). Drawing on conceptual frameworks of refusal, fugitivity, and subjectivity, this talk invites attendees to consider the ethical work involved in producing a future (and a present) that is free. Such ethics, the talk will illustrate, depend on projects of un/making and remaking the self.
Open Access Film
Women's & Gender Studies
fugitivity, Black, ethics, freedom