Towards a global idea of race
May 8th, 2023 – 6pm
Conversation with Denise Ferreira da Silva.
Rejecting the view that social categories of difference such as race and culture operate solely as principles of exclusion, Denise Ferreira da Silva presents a critique of modern thought that shows how racial knowledge and power produce global space. Silva proposes that the notion of racial difference governs the global power configuration because it institutes moral regions not covered by post-Enlightenment ethical ideals.
Denise Ferreira da Silva
The artist and philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva is a full professor at the Institute of Social Justice at UniversAge of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), adjunct professor at the Monash University School of Art, Architecture, and Design (Melbourne, Australia).) This fall 2022, she is acting as a visiting professor at the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. In spring 2023, she is occupying the International Chair of Contemporary Philosophy of the Department of Philosophy of the Paris 8 University.
She is the author of Toward a Global Idea of Race (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), The Impagavel Divide (Workshop of Political Imagination and Living Commons, 2019), Unpayable Debt (Stenberg / MIT Press, 2022) and co-editor (with Paula Chakravartty) of Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). His artwork includes the films Serpent Rain (2016), 4Waters-Deep Implicancy (2018) and Soot Breath / Corpus Infinitum (2020) in collaboration with Arjuna Neuman; and the relational artistic practices Poethical Readings and Sensing Salon, in collaboration with Valentina Desideri. He has performed shows and lectures in important artistic spaces, such as the Pompidou Centre (Paris), Whitechapel Gallery (London, MASP (São Paulo), Guggenheim (New York) and MoMa (New York). He also wrote for publications for major art events (Liverpool Biennale, 2017; São Paulo Biennale, 2016, Venice Biennale, 2017 and Documenta 14) and published in art spaces such as Canadian Art, Texte Zur Kunst and E-Flux. She lives and works in the traditional, ancestral and unceased territory of the Musqueam people (xwməθkwəyưəm)
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