Annual Lecture and Performance Series

Each academic year, the Griot Institute offers the Bucknell community an event series that focuses on a question or issue of concern central to Africana studies.

An academic course is offered to students in conjunction with the series, which seeks to explore and examine the various questions of concern to Africana studies interdisciplinarily in terms of their historical and contemporary resonance and significance. The series interrogates these questions from multiple disciplinary perspectives and employs the expertise and artistry of guest lecturers and performers in order to navigate their intellectual nuances and moral and ethical dimensions.

Most events are followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing by the guest lecturer or artist. The series is open to the University community and the general public.

Griot Spring Series 2022

Technologies of Disruption: Aesthetics, Innovations and Narratives of Blackness

Scholars and practitioners of technology have long been focused on efficiencies while scholars of the human experience have pushed for understanding the impacts of technology on individuals and human life broadly. Scholars like Safiya Noble and Aarati Akkapeddi have challenged the neutrality of digital technologies. Others like Ruha Benjamin and Mark S. Luckie have demonstrated the dually beneficial and detrimental impacts technologies have on people's lives. Of particular interest in this yearlong exploration are the ways artists and humanities scholars have engaged a range of technologies both analog and digital to reveal the human experience and to narrate human stories. The Griot Institute has planned a series of opportunities for community members to explore and critically analyze these issues in readings, lectures and discussions.

This intellectual endeavor and the accompanying programming will provide a multifaceted set of engagements to address critical questions surrounding people's strategies for raising awareness about and disrupting obstacles with various technologies. We hope that the focus on technologies and disruptions or technologies of disruption will appeal to a variety of departments, centers and units across the University. We welcome collaborations and partnerships in this exploration of the ways people have leveraged various technologies across the dimensions of time, space and experiences. Please reach out to Michelle Lauver, Cymone Fourshey or Chris Dancy to discuss collaboration or partnership around this theme.

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