Friday, March 18, 2022
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Room Armstrong 102
Mankato, Minn. – The Department of History at Minnesota State University, Mankato will host a presentation by University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty member Brigitte Fielder on Friday, March 18 at 4 p.m. Authors and Intergenerational Readers: Old Technologies and Speculative Futures”.
The conference is free and open to the public and will be held on the Armstrong Hall 102 campus. The event will also be held virtually. A registration link for the virtual presentation is available at https://sbs.mnsu.edu/history-lecture-series.
For more information, contact the Minnesota State Mankato Department of History at 507-389-2969.
Overview of the event provided by the Department of History:
“Early African-American authors expressed their hope and encouragement for a free future beyond themselves. 18and and 19andBlack authors of the century addressed the intergenerational, reaching beyond the scope of any individual author to speculate on the future and to speak to the actual black children they recognized as part of their communities, among their potential readers and as potential beneficiaries of their work. When we consider print technologies within the larger framework of black technoculture and theological discourse alongside other notions of speculation, we can understand early black community, literature, and generational address as a form of (proto) afrofuturism. The most comprehensive understanding of black literary sociality is on a generational scale, extending black print from the production of black community to the imagination of the black future.
Short biography of the author provided by the Department of History:
Fielder is an associate professor at UW-Madison. She is the author of “Relative Races: Genealogies of Interracial Kinship in Nineteenth-Century America” (Duke University Press, 2020) and co-editor of “Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African American Print” (University of Wisconsin Press , 2019).
The Minnesota Mankato State History Department is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,546 students, is part of the Minnesota State System, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.