Dan-el Padilla Peralta, 'Classicism and Other Phobias' (2 of 2)


Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 4:00pm


Virtual and In-Person at Barker Center, Thompson Room, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA



Dan-El Padilla Peralta, Associate Professor of Classics, Princeton University

Classicism and Other Phobias

  • Apr. 5, 4pm:  Epic Maroons - Thompson Room, Barker Center and Zoom
  • Apr. 6, 4pm:  Zealots - Thompson Room, Barker Center and Zoom

These two lectures will take as their focus one question: is classicism, understood as a historically contingent technology for the assignment and distribution of aesthetic value, broadly compatible with the affirmation and protection of Black life? In the pursuit of some answers to this question, the lectures will concern themselves less with the enumeration of Black thinkers who write back to or otherwise unsettle White-centering paradigms of classicism (see, most recently, David Withun on W.E.B. Du Bois), and more with the consideration of those properties that may or may not align classicism as a political and affective economy with Black pasts and futures. 

Part of the W. E. B. Du Bois Lecture Series