Riot and Refrain: Hortense Spillers

Image courtesy of Hortense Spillers. Photo: Chad Cockrum
Image courtesy of Hortense Spillers. Photo: Chad Cockrum
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Study Sessions are informal and intimate discussion groups. This study session opens out the ideas and themes of our exhibitions and research strand Sonic Continuum, and explores how black feminist authors and thinkers reconceptualise voice, performativity and community against patriarchal and racial oppression.

By discussing their radical aspirations and concurrent approaches to gender, race and class, our study sessions explore the global critiques, poetic tactics, and relational political projects of black women writers, and ask: how might we articulate alternative social and political formations?

This session is led by cultural theorist Emily Brady and dwells on the work of American literary critic and scholar Hortense Spillers.


Hortense Spillers, ‘Interstices: A Small Drama of Words’, in Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003), 152-175.

A copy of the reading and meeting link will be available on booking.

Online. Free. Limited Capacity. Booking required.
This event will include real-time transcription by

Emily Brady is a Research Fellow in Antislavery Audio and Visual Culture at the Rights Lab, the world’s first large-scale research platform for ending slavery based at the University of Nottingham.

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