Lecture Title: Black Soil
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Location: Zoom link TBA after registration
This talk turns to Black soil to map a provisional theory of Black alchemy. Black alchemy names an erotic and ethical orientation toward the Dead and dead matter. Sifting the metonymic, metaphysical, and material properties between (Black fleshly) matter and (earthly) matters, I argue for an attention to the erotic relations between Blackness, soil, and Dead (matter). These relations disrupt and refuse the circuits of racial capitalism that establish both Black bodies and soil as a site of resource depletion and commodification. Turning to the syncretic knowledge system of Obeah and tinctures of grave dirt; Cachexia Africana and the histories of dirt eating; and the 2019 performance and installation Dirt Eater by Kiyan Williams, I ask: what are the practices of those who’ve collectively lived the end of the world and therefore are already dreaming the messy, dirty end of this one?