CFP--Writing in the Breaks: Black Rhetorics and Rupture--SAMLA 2019

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SAMLA 2019--Atlanta, GA

November 8-10

In theorizing the break in black radical aesthetics, Fred Moten suggests, "Words don't go there [in Cecil Taylor's Chinampas]. Is it only music, only sound that goes there? Perhaps these notes and phrases will have mapped the terrain and traversed (at least some of) the space between here and there" (In the Break, 42). Moten claims that black radical aesthetics enact a generative rupture, break, or cut that create space for black aesthetic practices. This panel will consider any theorization of rupture or the break in black expressive practices with a special consideration of papers that address the break between black musical and literary practices. Proposal addressing the conference theme of the interaction of language and power, identity, and relationships are particularly welcome. Potential topics include but are certainly not limited to: 

--Blues feminist epistemologies

--Black feminist epistemologies

--The relationship between hip-hop or other black musical practices and literature

--Black Lives Matter as rupture of black political activism

--Cancel culture

--Black Twitter and rupture

--Orality and black poetry

--Rupture, black history, and the archive

By May 17, 2019 please submit an abstract of 250 words, a brief bio, and any A/V requests to Tyler Bunzey (UNC-CH) at