liquid blackness


The liquid blackness journal began in 2014 as an expression of the liquid blackness research group’s commitment to writing about rare art and archival material that the group was entrusted with by groundbreaking black visual artists. The journal grew into a forum for the exploration of audacious methodologies of the formal analysis of blackness in contemporary visual and sonic arts and popular culture at the intersection between the politics and ethics of aesthetics. While aggressively interdisciplinary, and therefore open to a wide array of contributions, the liquid blackness journal seeks to carve out a dedicated place for aesthetic theory and the most radical agenda of Black Studies to come together in productive ways. “Liquidity,” thus designates, among other things, a commitment to generative entanglements and to follow processes of intellectual production that are inspired by the experimental style of the jazz ensemble, which is what Fred Moten and Stefano Harney identified as a productive model for their idea of “black study.”

Alessandra Raengo, Georgia State University is the Founding Editor
Lauren Cramer, a GSU graduate now at Pace University, is a close second.

Here is the current, and still growing, Editorial Board:
Jay Kameron Carter, Duke University
Sarah Jane Cervenak, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Lauren Cramer, Pace University
Charles, “Chip” Linscott, Ohio University
Kevin Jerome Everson, University of Virginia
Derek Conrad Murray, University of California, Santa Cruz
Christina Sharpe, Tufts University
James Tobias, University of California, Riverside
Calvin Warren, Emory University

And here is the current, and still growing, Advisory Board:
Anne Anlin Cheng, Princeton University
Eddie Chambers, University of Texas, Austin
Thomas F. DeFrantz, Duke University
Tatiana Flores, Rutgers University
Bishnuprya Gosh, University of California, Santa Barbara
Keith Harris, University of California, Riverside
Barbara McCullough, filmmaker
Marina Peterson, University of Texas, Austin
Michele Prettyman Beverly, Mercer University
Louis Ruprecht, Georgia State University

And here are some of the visionaries and supporters who have believed in this project from the beginning and to whom are still very grateful:
Matthew Bernstein, Emory University
David Cheshier, Georgia State University
Kara Keeling, University of Southern California
Pearl McHaney, Georgia State University
Jacqueline Royster, Georgia Institute of Technology

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liquid blackness journal.