Our next BSAW event will be focused around the work of Brent Hayes Edwards, who will be giving this year’s James Weldon Johnson lecture and holding a special workshop with our working group. Over the course of an illustrious career, Prof. Edwards has made significant contributions  to the study of African-American and African diasporic literature, Francophone literature, 20th-century poetry, translation studies,  black radical historiography,  archive theory, and black music. The publication of his new book, Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination (Harvard University Press, 2017), which was a decade in the making, promises to be a major event in the ongoing development of new jazz studies.

The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Lecture, entitled “Black Radicalism and the Archive,” will be held at Beinecke Library on Thursday, November 30, 2017 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Our workshop with Prof. Hayes will be held the following morning, Friday December 1, from 10 AM – 12 noon in 106 Stoeckel Hall. As usual, we will have coffee and breakfast included.

To prepare for our workshop, please read Introduction and Chapters 1 and 3 from Epistrophies:

Brent Edwards, from Epistrophies