Black Methodologies, Black Collaborations

Black Methodologies, Black Collaborations

Katherine McKittrick

Tuesday, February 9, 2-5 PM EDT. Online.

This seminar will explore black methodologies, focusing specifically on how black academics and cultural producers draw on multiple sources, citations, and texts to unsettle normative ways of knowing.

Disciplinarity, with its knowledge silos, colonial ways of knowing, and race thinking, is an invocation that is interrupted by black epistemological invention. Black knowledge is rigorously multi-textual and relational. It is grounded in interdisciplinarity, multidisciplinarity, collaboration, and co-authorship, and is informed by, and an expression of anti-colonial thought and potential.

In this seminar we will work through: how black methodologies are tied to black ways of being and a black sense of place; how black methodologies underpin processes of narrating and re-narrating liberation; how black methodologies offer moments of relief and possibility; how black methodologies provide ways for us to share how we struggle against racial violence and other forms of oppression.  

Facilitator: Katherine McKittrick is Professor of Gender Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She authored Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle (2006), Dear Science and Other Stories, (2021) and edited and contributed to Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis (2015).  She is currently working on two projects: the first, unnamed, attends to questions of ecology in the work of black studies theorists; the second, Pastel Blue, studies colour, colour theory, image-making, and black aesthetics.

Readings will be available on the Eventbrite page once Dear Science is published at the end of this month (the introduction and the chapter on citation practices). 
TimeTuesday, February 9, 2021, 2-5 PM EST. Online via Zoom.


Please register at our Eventbrite page. If you have any questions or concerns, please email

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