Author Meets Critics: Tiffany King's The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies

Type: Virtual Panel
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group, Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group
Organizers: LaToya Eaves
Chairs: LaToya Eaves


In The Black Shoals Tiffany Lethabo King uses the shoal—an offshore geologic formation that is neither land nor sea—as metaphor, mode of critique, and methodology to theorize the encounter between Black studies and Native studies. King conceptualizes the shoal as a space where Black and Native literary traditions, politics, theory, critique, and art meet in productive, shifting, and contentious ways. These interactions, which often foreground Black and Native discourses of conquest and critiques of humanism, offer alternative insights into understanding how slavery, anti-Blackness, and Indigenous genocide structure white supremacy. Among texts and topics, King examines eighteenth-century British mappings of humanness, Nativeness, and Blackness; Black feminist depictions of Black and Native erotics; Black fungibility as a critique of discourses of labor exploitation; and Black art that rewrites conceptions of the human. In outlining the convergences and disjunctions between Black and Native thought and aesthetics, King identifies the potential to create new epistemologies, lines of critical inquiry, and creative practices.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction LaToya Eaves University of Tennessee 5
Panelist Jonathan Hall West Virginia University 10
Panelist Magie Ramirez Simon Fraser University 10
Discussant Deondre Smiles The Ohio State University 10
Panelist Caroline Faria University of Texas - Austin 10
Discussant Tiffany King Georgia State University 15

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