Leaping With Ontological Terror

Faculty Coordinator: Marisol De La Cadena (Anthropology)
With UC Davis celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of Ethnic studies departments on this campus this year, this cluster proposes to rethink the foundations of these discursive fields through an enquiry into the philosophical question of Black non/Being. It is our contention that Ethnic Studies departments, even those organized under the reformed banner of critical ethnic studies, have been unable to integrate the philosophical insights and aporias produced by black thought. This cluster therefore proposes to create a space for these re-imaginings to be nurtured.