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    WE - loss, hope and black study

    Oware, Joshua (2021) WE - loss, hope and black study. PhD thesis, Birkbeck, University of London.

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    Abstract

    What losses are necessary for a dia-auto-terra-apocalyptic union of the obliterated, the dispossessed? what attachments must be let go to resist repeating the segregations beyond and against which such union attempts to gather? where is it possible to begin in the middle of being too late, too far gone, too much happened? Moving scenographically from conceptual art to transgenerational trauma in a working-class town, the disciplines of the university to tragedy in the Mediterranean, we considers the importance, possibility and difficulty of maintaining radical black feminisms, and their theorisations of the human in His world, as a lived commitment to an alternative future. Hearing this as a question of praxis, and radical self-transformation, we experiments with a form of black feminist poethics. Poethics name an ethical and poetic injunction: ethical in the focus on interposing the logics, affinities and structures of feeling that produce people-as-things and their ideas, places and histories as disposable; poetic in methods arrayed to live despite them. Here, blackness is many, expanded: related but irreducible to a category of racialised identity; a noun and a verb for modes of existence that are not pulverised entirely by the dominant regimes of legibility; a plane for unexpected connections with each other, together in the struggles of our time; a name for the loss of the suffocating ways by which we once knew ourselves. Reaching for a prospective ‘we’ stood mistily at the edge of today and working through the ‘besides’ that might be its route, poethics situate us in the still scorching afterlife of colonial-racial domination, feeling for openings to care for the present ajar from this present. Poethics feel for the glitch that might – even but for a moment – unravel its hold on the organisation of social life, and allow gatherings, of and for all people, in conspiration, in excess, in black.

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    Item Type: Thesis
    Copyright Holders: The copyright of this thesis rests with the author, who asserts his/her right to be known as such according to the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. No dealing with the thesis contrary to the copyright or moral rights of the author is permitted.
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    Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2021 15:33
    Last Modified: 29 Nov 2021 15:33
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/46831

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