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

Type: Virtual Panel
Theme: Black Geographies Specialty Group Curated Track
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group, Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group
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Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 10
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 Start Time
Introduction LaToya Eaves University of Tennessee 5 9:35 AM
Panelist Jonathan Hall West Virginia University 10 9:40 AM
Panelist Magie Ramirez Simon Fraser University 10 9:50 AM
Discussant Deondre Smiles The Ohio State University 10 10:00 AM
Panelist Caroline Faria University of Texas - Austin 10 10:10 AM
Discussant Tiffany King Georgia State University 15 10:20 AM

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