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CHE Environmental Colloquium: Zakiyyah Iman Jackson
On Measurement: Apparatus and Variable in the Ecology of Race

In Jacques Derrida’s Of Spirit, the late philosopher provocatively asks, “Is a metaphysics of race more or less serious than a naturalism or biologism of race?” My paper will offer a meditation on the material consequences of the metaphysics of race for “the body” by asking another question, “Is ‘the body’ metaphysical?” I will argue that it is and provide an analysis of what metaphysics does to materiality, nature, and biology as well as our conceptualization of these terms. Thinking through the black(ened) zone Hortense Spillers has termed “the flesh,” this paper proceeds by revisiting and elaborating key terms from my book, Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World, specifically biocentrism, measurement, ecology, variable and apparatus.

Dec 8, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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