Fumi Okiji's colloquium will take place Friday, November 8 at 3:30pm in Old Cabell 107. This event is free and open to the public.
Fumi Okiji is an Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst. Her research and teaching look to black expression for ways to understand modern and contemporary life. Okiji is interested in the potential that black expressive culture holds for social criticism, and for the modeling alternative ways for us to be together in the world. The project she is currently working on is, tentatively, titled Abandon/ment. Thinking through two distinct but intertwined strands of thought—the wounded kinship of the Black Atlantic, and the ethical possibilities of radical receptivity or susceptibility—Okiji is staging conversations between critical theory (first generation Frankfurt School, and contemporary feminist), black feminist thought, and music improvisation practices.
Jazz as Critique: Adorno and Black Expression Revisited, a book Fukiji has written based on her doctoral research, shows black music to be an expression of a type of life that incessantly (and, most often, inadvertently) calls into question the world’s integrity.
Okiji is also a music practitioner. There are two practice-enabled research projects she is currently engaged in—one that theorizes and experiments with vandalism and breakage of record(s) as ways to think through alternatives to humanist preoccupations with permanence and certainty; and another that will bring together an ensemble of scholar-artists to develop a radically open listening practice.
Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. Parking is available in the Central Grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Road, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.
Please call the Music Department at 434.924.3052 for more information.
To all the speakers in the colloquium series visit http://music.virginia.edu/colloquia
All programs are subject to change.