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Black Age at Seminary Co-op
February 17, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Habiba Ibrahim discusses Black Age: Oceanic Lifespans and the Time of Black Life. She will be joined in conversation by Kaneesha Cherelle Parsard. Presented in partnership with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago
About the book: Black Age: Oceanic Lifespans and the Time of Black Life posits age, life stages, and lifespans as a central lens through which to view Blackness, particularly with regard to the history of transatlantic slavery. Focusing on Black literary culture of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Habiba Ibrahim examines how the history of transatlantic slavery and the constitution of modern Blackness has been reimagined through the embodiment of age. She argues that Black age—through nearly four centuries of subjugation—has become contingent, malleable, and suited for the needs of enslavement. As a result, rather than the number of years lived or a developmental life stage, Black age came to signify exchange value, historical under-development, timelessness, and other fantasies borne out of Black exclusion from the human.