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Join Global South Center for a Conversation with Julie Mehretu, 10/1

Join us this Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 5:30pm for a conversation between myself and the internationally renowned artist Julie Mehretu. Julie was featured by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2020. She also had a LACMA retrospective this past year. Her architectural approach to the visual realm, combined with her poignant political commentary on anti-Blackness, authoritarianism, and the imagination will make for a dynamic and relevant conversation.

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Co-Director Bios

Jayna Brown is Professor in the Graduate Program in Media Studies at Pratt Institute. As well as numerous essays, Brown is the author of two books, both published by Duke University Press: Babylon Girls: Black Women Performers and the Shaping of the Modern (2008) and Black Utopias: Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds, due for release in February, 2021. Brown is co-editor of the journal Social Text and has also been a contributing journalist for NPR’s music programming. Her areas of research and specialization include speculative fictions, music, black expressive cultures and our changing media landscape.

Cisco Bradley is Associate Professor of History in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies. His research is situated at the nexus of cultural history, networks, and social reproduction. He has published two books: Forging Islamic Power and Place: The Legacy of Shaykh Da’ud bin ‘Abd Allah al-Fatani in Mecca and Southeast Asia (Hawaii, 2016) and Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker (Duke, 2021). His current research focuses on the Great Migration and the roots of Black creative music. By examining social and cultural networks, the project seeks to illuminate the ways by which African American communities linked together across vast distances, established autonomous cultural zones, maintained musical traditions, and innovated musical expression against a backdrop of dislocation, community formulation and dissolution, and resistance to systemic violence.

Nurhaizatul Jamil is Assistant Professor in Global South Studies at the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies. Her teaching and research encompass various subfields such as gender and Islamic education, decoloniality, abolition ethics, fashion and consumption, and social media ecologies. She is currently working on two projects: the first, on Islamic self-help pedagogies in Singapore; and, the second, on the contentions that undergird the modest fashion industry, pious subject-formation, and sustainability. As one of the co-directors, she will advance the GSC’s objectives through curated programming foregrounding BIPOC artists and scholars, while expanding the Social Media Lab. In this visual representation captured by @photosbysainatee, she is wearing ethically-sourced apparel from @babyfistcollective, @arewalabel, @taringonzalez, and @ltrainvintagenyc

Wendy V. Muñiz is Assistant Professor of Critical Social Analysis in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute, where she co-coordinates the Social Media Lab and is co-director of the Global South Center. An educator, curator, and filmmaker, her research praxis focuses on the commodification of archival violence, its racialization and (un)gendering, in the post-emancipation Caribbean. She is the author of various articles and producer and director of award-winning films on decolonizing Latin American canons, pillaged archives theory, and the BIPOC intervention of colonial cartographies as structures of feeling.

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