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Dark Divisions of Labor: Keijaun Thomas’ “My Last American Dollar”

Jul 12, 2019, 6:00pm


Join us for a lecture by Joshua Chambers-Letson, Associate Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.

A meditation on the work of Keijaun Thomas and the labor of hospitality in “My Last American Dollar.” A fragmented fragment on the racialized and gendered divisions of labor affecting black trans and black femme life. A reverse genealogy of a family caught in the tide of slavery’s undoings. A story about a performance with a weak and strong power to remake everything. 2019, 1971, 1931, 1911, 1888, 1850, before, a slave ship, before

Doors open at 5:30pm.

About the Presenter

Joshua Chambers-Letson is a writer and performance theorist who researches and teaches courses in performance studies, critical race theory, political theory, and queer of color critique. His books and essays place performance studies in conversation with a diverse set of fields including black studies, Asian American studies, Latinx studies, art history, legal studies, and Marxist theory to ask two central questions: How do black, brown, Asian, queer, and trans people (alongside other minoritarian subjects) use performance both to survive the destruction and devaluation of their (our) lives and lifeworlds? And how does performance become a means for rehearsing and enacting new worlds and new ways of being in the world together? Artists that he considers in his scholarship include Nao Bustamante, Danh Võ, Nina Simone, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Eiko, Keijaun Thomas, Teching Hsieh, Moriyuki Shimada, and Alexandria Eregbu.

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