Join us for a presentation by Tina Campt, professor of Africana and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College.
In a provocative twist on the comprehension of photographic and other visual imagery, Campt will challenge the audience to not just see photographs and imagery from the Black Lives Matter movement, but also to listen to them. And not just listen to them, but also consider them in terms of their emotional frequencies—vibrations and waves of feeling and sentiment that can be felt and “heard,” even if they are not audible. From this merger of the senses of sight and sound, Campt seeks to stake out new terrain for the power of the photograph and visual culture, to see possibilities for the future embedded in visual imagery.
Tina Campt is Claire Tow and Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Africana and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and Chair of the Africana Studies Department at Barnard College. Campt joined the Barnard faculty in 2010, prior to which she held faculty positions at Duke University, the University of California at Santa Cruz and the Technical University of Berlin. Professor Campt’s published work explores gender, racial, and diasporic formation in black communities in Germany, and Europe more broadly. She is the author of two books: Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender, and Memory in the Third Reich (2004), an oral history that explores the experiences of Black Germans during the Third Reich, and Image Matters: Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe (2012), which theorizes the affects of family photography of in early twentieth century Black German and Black British communities. Campt has edited special issues of Feminist Review, Callaloo, and small axe, and together with Paul Gilroy, co-edited Der Black Atlantik (2004), the first German language collection of key texts on the Black Atlantic. Her third book, Listening to Images (forthcoming in 2017 from Duke University Press) theorizes the everyday practices of refusal and fugitivity enacted in a frequently overlooked genre of black vernacular photographs she calls “quiet photography.” Professor Campt is the recipient of research grants and fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the American Association of University Women, The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Social Science Research Council, and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.