What are the political, economic, cultural, and affective possibilities and limits of working in the negative? How does a feminist intervention complicate afro-pessimist and queer pessimist understandings of the human? How might we imagine a futurity that is not grounded in heteronormative politics of reproduction? What is the role of cultural production/performance in political and social engagement? Ashvin Kini, Thea Quiray Tagle, Pawan Singh, Patrick Anderson, Sara Clarke Kaplan, Roshanak Kheshti, Fatima El-Tayeb, Rujeko Hockley, Lauren Heintz, Yumi Pak, and Sara Mameni, representing Literature, Ethnic Studies, Communication, and Visual Arts, convene to interrogate the tensions between Black Studies and Queer Studies lines of critical pessimism.

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