Habiba Ibrahim Lecture

The University of Washington professor will share her current research
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Event Date & Time
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Event Location
412 Pillsbury Hall

310 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Joseph Warren Beach Lectures series presents Habiba Ibrahim, Professor of English at the University of Washington. Ibrahim's scholarship is in African American literary studies of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her most recent book, Black Age: Oceanic Lifespans and the Time of Black Life (NYU Press, 2021), received Honorable Mention for the 2022 Pop Culture Association's Harry Shaw and Katrina Hazzard-Donald Award for Outstanding Work in African American Popular Culture Studies.

Presented by the Department of English, this event is free and open to the public. For questions about accessibility services and the venue, please email sutt0063@umn.edu or call 612-626-1528.

Ibrahim's book Black Age tracks how age for people of the Black diaspora has been historically constituted as “untimely," arguing that over various phases of the transatlantic slave trade, the Black body had been separated from hegemonic relations to liberal humanist measures of time on various scales. Constituted through processes of violence and reasoning that alienated bodies from historical, developmental, and legal schedules of time, Black age became contingent, malleable, and suited for the needs of enslavement. Ibrahim's first book, Troubling the Family: The Promise of Personhood and the Rise of Multiracialism (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), argues that the multiracial movement of the 1990s and 2000s was symptomatic of irreconcilable and disavowed losses of second-wave feminism, evidenced in the foreclosure of interracial feminist alliances. Ibrahim is the recipient of the African American Review’s Darwin T. Turner Prize.

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