Conference Schedule

Preliminary schedule for Exploring Beauty and Truth in Worlds of Color: A Conference on Race, Art, and Aesthetics in the 21st Century.

Friday, September 29


Tappan Room
The Hotel at Oberlin, 2nd Floor
8:30 a.m.

Opening Statements/Welcome


Tim Elgren
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Oberlin College

9 to 10:20 a.m.

Session I: Fashion


Afia Ofori-Mensa
Oberlin College


Siobhan Carter-David
Southern Connecticut State University
“Dressing the Black Body in Post-Civil Rights America: An Anthropometric View”

Monica Miller
Barnard College
“’Serving Afro-Scandinavian Fresh’: Krull Magazine and the Emergence of Black Swedish Style”

10:30 to 11:50 a.m.

Session II: Technology


Jonathan Maskit
Denison University


Sam Liao
University of Puget Sound
“Racist Things”

Aria Dean
Net Art/The New Museum

12 to 1:20 p.m.


1:30 to 2:50 p.m.

Session III: Afro-Futurism


Kazim Ali
Oberlin College


Meredith Gadsby
Oberlin College
“Caribbean Speculative and Fabulist Fiction: The Praxis of Being Human”

Caitlin O'Neill
University of Texas-Austin
“Poor Unfortunate Souls: Reimagining Walt Disney’s Ursula as a Site of Black Queerness and Femininity”

3 to 4:20 p.m.

Session IV: Humor


Stephanie Patridge
Otterbein University


Gillian Johns
Oberlin College
“Humor (Theory) and the (Articulate) Surprise of Race”

Luvell Anderson
University of Memphis
“Black Humor, White Interpretation”

Lissa Skitolsky
Susquehanna University
“Holocaust Humor as Defiance of Post-Racial Discourse”

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Keynote Address


Kymberly Pinder
University of New Mexico
“We Have Voice, We Have Temper: African American Artists and Public Discourse”

5:30 p.m.

Dinner/Free Time

Saturday, September 30


Hallock Auditorium
Adam J. Lewis Center
8:30 to 9:50 a.m.

Session V: Film


Rian Brown-Orso
Oberlin College


Dan Flory
Montana State University
“Zootopia, Epistemological Twist, and Implicit Racial Bias”

Matt Strohl
University of Montana
“Racial Horror”

V. Denise James
University of Dayton
“I Am Not Entertained: Slave Movies and the Black Feminist Gaze”

10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

Session VI: Visual Art


Johnny Coleman
Oberlin College


Nkiru Nzegwu
Binghamton University
“African Art in Deep Time: De-Race-ing Aesthetics and De-Racializing Visual Art”

Ivan Gaskell
Bard Graduate Center
“The Marble Index of Nineteenth Century American Identity”

Matthew Rarey
Oberlin College
“At the Edge of the Water: Possibilities for a Black Atlantic Art History”

11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.


1 to 2:20 p.m.

Session VII: Music


Lee McBride
The College of Wooster


Fredara Hadley
Oberlin Conservatory
“’Cause I Slay: Beyoncé and the Aesthetics of ‘Genius’ in the Musical Performance of Black Women”

Chris Jenkins
Oberlin Conservatory
“‘Signifyin(g)’ in Perkinson: Applying Black Aesthetics to African-American Classical Music Composition”

Aaron Meskin
University of Leeds
“Rap Aesthetics, Black Aesthetics”

2:30 to 3:50 p.m.

Session VIII: Theater


Justin Emeka
Oberlin College


Justin Emeka
Oberlin College
“Playing with Race: Casting Black and Brown Bodies in White Classical Theater”

Harvey Young
Northwestern University
“The Black Body as Show”

Caroline Jackson-Smith
Oberlin College
“Hung By Hook or By Crook: Dissonance and the Depiction of the Lynched Black Body”

4 to 5 p.m.

Session IX: Student Panel

This panel will discuss the chapter “Make It Funky; Or, Music's Cognitive Travels and the Despotism of Rhythm” from Paul Taylor's Black Is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics.

Kate Thomson-Jones
Oberlin College


Theodora Nestorova
Oberlin Conservatory

Kennedy Kline
Oberlin College, Philosophy

5 to 6 p.m.

Session X: Curriculum/Pedagogy


A.W. Eaton
University of Illinois-Chicago


Monique Roelofs
Hampshire College
ASA Curriculum Diversification Grant recipient
“Aesthetics, Blackness, and Race: Culture as a Web of Address”

Mariana Ortega
Pennsylvania State University
ASA Curriculum Diversification Grant recipient
“Aesthetic Othering: The Case of Photographic Representation”

Meilin Chinn
University of Santa Clara
ASA Curriculum Diversification Grant recipient
“Lessons for Philosophy from Zhuangzi's Frog in the Well”

6 p.m.

Closing Comments

Sunday October 1