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Linda Alcoff on “The Future of Whiteness” @ the Brooklyn Public Library, 1/29, 7:00 P.M.
Jan 29, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Linda Alcoff (CUNY Graduate Center) will be speaking at the first Brooklyn Public Philosophers event of 2014. Dr. Alcoff has written widely on issues of social identity and race and on feminist philosophy, and we’re thrilled that she’ll be joining us at BKPP. Here’s a bit about what she’ll be talking about, in her own words:
“The Future of Whiteness”
Is racism constitutive of white identity? If we imagine this to be the case, does it eclipse the scope of future transformations of white identity, making any positive transformation literally unimaginable? What are the future possibilities for white identity? This is not just an effort at prediction, as if whiteness is some natural phenomena we can only observe from a distance. Whiteness is an identity born of both history and current practices, so the question of the future is a question about what we should do now, a question constrained in turn by what we can do now. Thus, I will begin with an exploration of what whiteness is, now, in order to understand the limits and obstacles to revisioning or refashioning whiteness. Then I want to suggest two theses. The first is that racism is unstable, having a contingent rather than necessary existence. The second thesis concerns the importance of beginning to formulate how whites can join or ally themselves with the rainbow politics of a multi ethnic and multi racial movement for social justice.
I hope you’ll be able to join us! To learn more about BKPP, and for more information about this and other talks in the future, please check out our website: http://bkpp.tumblr.com/.