Who Watches the Watchmen? Race and Representation in Speculative Fiction–Virtual Event

OCH is excited to welcome Dr. André Carrington and Dr. Rebecca Wanzo to join us for a conversation on representations of race in The Watchmen–and beyond. From comic books to science fiction, our acknowledgement of the significance of blackness in twentieth-century American literature, television, and culture is more important than ever.

Please join us on Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 7 PM – 8:00 PM.

This FREE event will be hosted on Zoom and will also be streamed to Youtube Live via our Youtube page.

About the Guests:

Carrington is a scholar of race, gender, and genre in Black and American cultural production. He is currently Associate Professor of African American literature at the University of California-Riverside. of his first book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (Minnesota, 2016), Alexander G. Weheliye from Northwestern University writes: “André M. Carrington takes readers on a voyage that beautifully maps gendered and sexualized articulations of Blackness across different speculative genres and media… Speculative Blackness is a wonderful book that makes indispensable contributions to Black studies, literary studies, studies science fiction fan fiction and fandom, and Afrofuturism.”

Rebecca Wanzo is a professor and chair of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her most recent book, The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging (NYU Press, 2020) examines how Black cartoonists have reclaimed racist caricature as a black diasporic art practice. The book examines the intersection of marginalized identity and black imagination as a radical political initiative.

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