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65 5th Ave, Room 411
New York, NY, 10003
United States

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Fred Moten and Stefano Harney


The GIDEST seminar is held on Fridays from 12-1:30pm. All seminars take place in the GIDEST Lab at 63 Fifth Avenue, Room 411.

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Fred Moten and Stefano Harney


Poet and cultural theorist Fred Moten conducts research in black studies, performance studies, poetics, and literary theory. Recently appointed as Professor of Performance Studies at NYU, he is the author of many books, including In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (Minnesota, 2003); The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2014)   a poetry finalist for the National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and winner of the California Book Award for poetry; A Poetics of the Undercommons (Sputnik and Fizzle, 2016); and a three volume collection of essays whose general title is consent not to be a single being (Duke, 2017, 2018). He is also co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2013); and, with Wu Tsang, of Who Touched Me? (If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution, 2016).

Stefano Harney writes with Fred Moten. In addition to The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Autonomedia/Minor Compositions, 2013), they have recently written "Indent: To Serve the Debt" for the collection Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good edited by Joanna Burton et al. (M.I.T., 2016) and "Use and Usufruct" in The Futures of Black Radicalism, edited by Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin (Verso, 2017). With Tonika Sealy Thompson, he runs Ground Provisions, a residency and reading camp in Barbados. He teaches at Singapore Management University.

Earlier Event: October 6
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