Virtual Events in June

We hope you get a chance to catch some of our authors at these great virtual events in June. Please note the local time zone for each event.

June 3, 6:30 pm EDT: The Virginia Museum of Fine Art is hosting a series of talks in conjunction with the special exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse. We are distributing the catalog for this great show. This evening’s event is entitled “Southern Hip-Hop and the Academy” and features Mark Anthony Neal, Anthony Pinn, Erik Nielson, and VMFA and editor of the catalog, Valerie Cassel Oliver.

June 9, 3:00 pm BST: Therí Alyce Pickens, author of Black Madness :: Mad Blackness, gives a talk on Blackness and disability, followed by a Q&A, sponsored by Birkbeck University of London.

June 10, 6:30 pm EDT: In an event sponsored by The Phillips Collection, Arlene Dávila, author of Latinx Art, will be in conversation with Vesela Sretenović, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

June 11, 3:00 pm PDT: Kalindi Vora and Neda Atanasoski, authors of Surrogate Humanity, speak at reVisions, a week-long festival exploring how technological bias shapes our cultural realities. It is sponsored by City Lights bookstore, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, and Gray Area.

June 15, 5:00 pm EDT: In an event sponsored by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and the Center for Black Visual Culture & Institute of African American Affairs at New York University, Jessica Marie Johnson speaks with Jennifer Morgan, author of Reckoning with Slavery.

June 15, 6:00 pm EDT: Rofhiwa Book Cafe sponsors a conversation with La Marr Jurelle Bruce about his new book How to Go Mad without Losing Your Mind. He will be joined by liberation theologian J. Kameron Carter, performance philosopher Sarah Jane Cervenak, critical race theorist Patricia J. Williams, and poet Phillip B. Williams. 

June 17, 11:00 am EDT: Katherine McKittrick, author of Dear Science and Other Stories gives a talk entitled “Dear April: The Aesthetics of Black Miscellanea,” part of the Black Studies Summer Seminar.

June 17, 6:30 pm EDT: The Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s second speaker series for the exhibition The Dirty South is entitled “Literature and Lyricism in Southern Hip-Hop,” featuring poet Roger Reeves and poet, playwright, and journalist Charlie Braxton.

June 18, 10:00 am EDT: Alexander Weheliye, author of Habeas Viscus, gives a talk entitled “‘Scream my name like a protest’: R&B Music as BlackFem Technology of Humanity in the Age of #blacklivesmatter,” also part of the Black Studies Summer Seminar.

June 24, 5:00 pm BST: Xine Yao, author of the forthcoming book Disaffected, inaugurates a new lecture series sponsored by the Centre for the Americas at Queen’s University Belfast and the Irish Association for American Studies with a talk entitled “The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling: The Disaffections and Counter-intimacies of Unsympathetic Blackness and Oriental Inscrutability.” 

June 30, 6:00 pm BST: The Stuart Hall Foundation hosts a roundtable discussion of Stuart Hall’s Selected Writings on Marxism. The participants are editor Gregor McLennan, Angela McRobbie, Bruce, Robbins, and Brett St Louis. Catherine Hall will lead the discussion.

Virtual Events in May

Our authors are online this month for book launches, conversations, and talks. We hope you can join some of them, and pick up their books for 50% off through May 7 with coupon SPRING21. Note the local time zone for each event. Follow us on Twitter to learn of additional events throughout the month.

May 6, 10:00 am CET: Joseph Pugliese, author of Biopolitics of the More Than Human, discusses his book with Marina De Chiara and Marilena Parlati, in an event sponsored by AISCLI.

May 6, 12:00 pm CDT: Sara Ahmed, author of the forthcoming book Complaint!, gives a lecture entitled “Knocking on the Door: Complaints and Other Stories About Institutions,” followed by a discussion. It is sponsored by the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois.

May 6, 6:30 pm EDT: Shana Redmond, author of Everything Man, joins Hanif Abdurraqib and Ricky Vincent for a conversation about the history and politics of Black popular music, sponsored the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

May 10, 4:30 pm EDT: Join Max Liboiron (@MaxLiboiron) for a Twitter launch of their book Pollution is Colonialism with hosts Candis Callison, Shannon Mattern, & Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear.

May 12, 7:30 pm EDT: Brian Russell Roberts, author of Borderwaters, launches his book with a fundraiser hosted by Susan Harris for Beyond Home Borders.

May 13, 3:00 pm CET: Theory from the Margins presents a discussion featuring Paul Gilroy and Ruth Wilson Gilmore, co-editors of the latest collection in our Stuart Hall: Selected Writings series, Selected Writings on Race and Difference.

May 13, 1:00 pm EDT: The Department of Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY and Left East sponsor a conversation between Kareem Rabie, author of Palestine Is Throwing a Party and the Whole World is Invited, and Mezna Qato. It is moderated by David Harvey.

May 13, 7:00 pm EDT: Max Fox, editor of Sexual Hegemony, is in conversation with Hannah Black and Kay Gabriel in an event sponsored by Bureau of General Services, Queer Division.

May 14, 4:00 pm EDT:  Laura Hyun Yi Kang, author of Traffic in Asian Women, and Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, author of Experiments in Skin, join moderator Kandice Chuh, author of The Difference Aesthetics Makes, for a conversation about their new books. It is sponsored by several CUNY departments.

May 15, 3:00 pm EDT: Taller PR sponsors a “Meet the Author on Zoom” event with Arlene Dávila, author of Latinx Art.

May 19, 4:00 pm PDT: Editor Max Fox discusses Christopher Chitty’s Sexual Hegemony with Christopher Nealon, in an event sponsored by UCI Critical Theory and Culture & Capital.
May 25, 7:00 pm EDT: Lynden Harris, editor of Right Here, Right Now, joins Lisa Armstrong for a conversation sponsored by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.

Don’t forget, you can buy all these books for 50% off with coupon SPRING21!

Virtual Events in April

You can catch our authors and editors at virtual events all around the world this month. Be sure to note the local time zone for all events. Follow us on Twitter for news about events as they are scheduled.

April 1, 6 pm CET: Kaiama Glover, author of A Regarded Self, joins Elsa Dorlin and Alessandra​ Benedicty for a discussion about her book, sponsored by the Research Center for Material Culture at the National Museum of Worldcultures.

Experiments in SkinApril 1, 6 pm EDT: Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, author of Experiments in Skin: Race and Beauty in the Shadows of Vietnam, gives a talk about her book sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. The talk is followed by a roundtable discussion featuring  Anne Cheng, Avery Gordon, lê thi diem thúy, and Chandan Reddy.

April 2, 2 pm MDT: Join the editors and contributors of TSQ 6:2, “Trans Studies en las Américas,” for a celebration of the issue hosted by the University of New Mexico Latin American & Iberian Institute.

April 2, 7 pm PST: Eastwind Books of Berkeley and UC Berkeley’s Asian American Research Center sponsor a talk by Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez, author of Empire’s Mistress, Starring Isabel Rosario Cooper. The event will be hosted by Elaine H. Kim.

April 7, 6 pm EDT: Registered attendees of the Asian American Studies Association virtual conference can join our editors Ken Wissoker and Courtney Berger for a meet and greet. Check your email for the Zoom link.

April 7, 8 pm EDT: Margaret Randall, author of I Never Left Home, joins Martha King for a reading and conversation sponsored by The Poetry Project.

Writing in SpaceApril 8, 6 pm EDT: Aruna D’Souza, writer, critic, and co-curator of the Brooklyn Museum exhibition Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And, hosts an evening of readings and conversation in honor of the publication of Writing in Space, 1973–2019

April 9, 1 pm EDT: Join editors Sushmita Chatterjee and Banu Subramaniam along with some contributors for a virtual book launch for the new collection Meat!, sponsored by the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women & Gender.

April 13, 12 pm PDT: José Carlos Agüero, author of The Surrendered, joins editors Michael J. Lazzara and Charles F. Walker and commenter Ximena Briceño for a discussion about the book.

April 15, 5:30 pm EDT: NYU Tisch School of the Arts hosts a book launch and roundtable for Hentyle Yapp, author of Minor China. The roundtable will feature Mel Chen, Jasbir Puar, and Petrus Liu in conversation with the author.

April 16, 6:30 pm PDT: Meet the editors and authors of We Are Not Dreamers in a panel discussion hosted by the University of San Francisco School of Education.

April 19, 6:30 pm EDT: Katherine McKittrick, author of Dear Science and Other Stories is in conversation with Krista Franklin and Alexander Weheliye in an event sponsored by Intellectual Publics.

April 29, 5 pm GMT: University College London’s Institute of the Americas sponsors a book launch for The Surrendered by José Carlos Agüero, featuring editors Charles Walker and Michael Lazzara along with Vicki Bell.


Tyler Denmead, Author of The Creative Underclass, Announces Online Tour

795842BA-02E5-4E99-8F7B-2779D8EB5ECETyler Denmead is author of The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race, and the Gentrifying City (2019). He teaches in the Faculty of Education and Queens’ College at the University of Cambridge. As the pandemic cut short his planned travel to discuss the book with audiences in both the UK and US, Denmead is now planning an online tour. Below he discusses how the book came to be and announces the tour dates.

The Creative Underclass is not the book I planned to write when I returned to New Urban Arts in 2012 as an educational ethnographer. It had been 5 years since I left the studio in Providence, Rhode Island as its founding director. I wanted to return to the studio, however, because I was still puzzled by the studio’s pedagogic conditions, or “the magic” as so many youth participants and artists put it. It was still unclear to me what this magic was, why this magic mattered, or how this magic might be useful to community arts programs elsewhere.

Creative Underclass_withborderThe Center for Public Humanities at Brown University provided me the opportunity to return to New Urban Arts as a post-doctoral fellow to study this magic. Rather than raising money and facilitating committee meetings, I had the the privilege of hanging out with teenagers and the artists that supported them. I could participate in their collective artmaking and the studio’s vibrant social life. I could talk to them about why their artmaking mattered to them and how they interpreted the studio’s pedagogic conditions.

Several unexpected events happened that prevented me from writing that familiar book. First, in my ethnographic encounters, I confronted a double bind reported by some former youth participants. Some noted the transformational power of New Urban Arts in their own lives, while also expressing their concern that the studio functioned as a gentrifying force in their neighborhood. This insight forced me to consider what role educational institutions (and therefore my educational leadership) play in white gentrification.

As I turned my attention to this analysis, anti-gentrification protests erupted across the United States as a prominent feature of Black Lives Matter protests. These protests targeted the threats that whiteness pose to Black life through policing, mass incarceration, neighborhood displacement, and state-led urban renewal projects.

With these protests, as well as constructive criticism of readers and friends, I started to write a reflexive book that begins from my position as the urban problem. I thus situated the magic of New Urban Arts in relation to racializing discourses that positioned me as a good white creative and youth of color as urban problems in need of transformation through creativity. I formulated the concept of the creative underclass to not only illuminate this problematic discourse and its role in mobilising white gentrification, but also how young people contested it through their creative disobedience, through the magic of New Urban Arts.

The concept of the creative underclass is clearly in conversation with Richard Florida’s creative class. Florida’s influential ideas were discussed and critiqued exhaustively in and beyond the academy in the 1990s and 2000s. Not surprisingly, the perspectives, experiences, and practices of young people of color were largely absent from those debates. Since then, attention on this topic have ebbed. After the 2007 financial crisis and Ferguson, vague commitments to creativity as a panacea for social and economic problems can no longer succeed like it used to in mobilizing a political bloc with diverging ideological interests.

Nonetheless, the troubling nexus of urban property development, arts and culture, and educational institutions was not new in the 1990s and it continues today. In the United States, this nexus is central to the expansive and possessive logics of whiteness itself. I hope The Creative Underclass accounts for the creative and critical practices of young people at New Urban Arts in ways that make us better equipped to engage directly with, and potentially transform, ongoing racial and economic injustices in the city.

Read the introduction to The Creative Underclass and save 30% on the paperback with coupon E19DENMD. Denmead has launched a virtual book tour beginning in March 2021, presenting ethnographic snapshots from The Creative Underclass in public lectures and student seminars. If you are interested in hosting a private class talk or public lecture, please contact the author at

Upcoming public events:

24 March 2021, 5pm EDT
Hosted by the Centre for Study of Learning and Performance at Concordia University
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25th March 2021, 12:30 pm GMT
Hosted by the Critical Childhood Studies Research Group at University College London
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16 April 2021, 11 am EDT
Hosted by the Barnett Symposium Virtual Speaker Series at the Department of Arts Education, Administration, and Policy at Ohio State University
See for registration details.

April 21, 2021 12:30 pm EDT
Hosted by Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia
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Virtual Events in March

There are lots of opportunities in March to join our authors online for panel discussions, lectures, book launches, and conversations about their work. Hope you can join some of them. Please note the time zone for each event.

March 3, 5 pm GMT: The Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London sponsors a book launch for Christopher Harker’s Spacing Debt.

March 3, 6:30 pm GMT: Sara Ahmed, author of What’s the Use? and the forthcoming Complaint!, gives a talk entitled “Complaints, Diversity and Other Hostile Environments,” sponsored by the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

March 4, 12 pm EST: Yale’s Macmillan Center Council on Middle East Studies sponsors a conversation with Ronak Kapadia, author of Insurgent Aesthetics. It will be moderated by Najwa Meyer.

March 4, 3 pm EST: Join a roundtable discussion on Seeds of Power by Amalia Leguizamón, hosted by Penn’s Latin American and Latinx Studies Program.

March 5, 9:30 am EST: Roberto Dainotto, co-editor of Gramsci in the World and author of Europe (In Theory) gives an online talk entitled “Sovversivismo: Gramsci on Reactionary Insurrections,” sponsored by Duke University’s Franklin Humanities Institute.

March 5, 3:30 pm EST: Evren Savci speaks about her book Queer in Translation in a talk sponsored by Duke University’s Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

March 7, 3 pm EST: The Democratic Socialists of American sponsor an International Women’s Day event entitled “Love and Sex Behind the Iron Curtain: 20th Century State Socialism in Eastern Europe.” Kristen Ghodsee, author of Red Hangover and Second World, Second Sex, is a panelist.

March 8, 9 pm EST: Sara Ahmed, author of Complaint! gives an International Women’s Day lecture entitled “Complaint as Feminist Pedagogy,” sponsored by Bournemouth University. 

March 9, 6 pm CST: Kristen Ghodsee lectures on “Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence,” sponsored by the University of Kansas Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.

March 11, 3 pm EST: Katina Rogers, author of Putting the Humanities PhD to Work, gives a talk sponsored by Syracuse University entitled “Scholarship for the Public Good: Expanding Definitions of Academic Success.”

March 12, 3 pm EST: Join our Editorial Director Gisela Fosado for a panel discussion entitled “Getting Your Boricua Book Published,” sponsored by the Puerto Rican Studies Association & LASA Puerto Rico Section Workshop Series.

March 16, 1 pm EDT: Sara Ahmed gives a lecture entitled “Knocking on the Door: Complaints and Other Stories about Institutions,” sponsored by Stony Brook University.

March 16, 3 pm EDT: The Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation at UCL sponsors a book launch for Katherine McKittrick’s Dear Science and Other Stories. There will be a presentation from McKittrick, responses from Xine Yao and Luke de Noronha, and discussion.

March 16, 6 pm EDT: Anthony Reed, author of Soundworks, joins Vijay Iyer for a conversation that is part of the Popular Music Books in Progress series

March 17, 6:30 pm EDT: Join Michael Gillespie, author of Film Blackness and Racquel Gates, author of Double Negative, for a conversation about the historical continuum of black visual and expressive culture, sponsored by Intellectual Publics.

March 18, 4 pm PDT: The USC Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies sponsors a book talk with Gillian Harkins, author of Virtual Pedophilia, followed by a response from Jennifer Doyle, a conversation about the mutual themes in their work, and an audience Q&A.

March 22, 12 pm MDT: Sara Ahmed gives a lecture entitled “Complaint, Diversity and Other Hostile Environments,” sponsored by University of Calgary.

March 24, 7 pm EDT: Arlene Dávila, author of Latinx Art, joins artists Glendalys Medina, Mary Valverde, and Sarah Zapata for a discussion about the strategies Latinx artists have pursued to create platforms for their work. Sponsored by BRIC.

March 25, 12 pm PDT: Kadji Amin, author of Disturbing Attachments, gives a talk sponsored by USC’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program entitled “‘Native Tales’: Human-Simian Sex and Ontologies of Race and Species.”

March 25, 6:30 pm EDT: The African American Museum in Philadelphia sponsors an event centered on Black Diamond Queens by Maureen Mahon, also featuring Dr. Deborah Thomas and Dr. Guthrie Ramsey of the University of Pennsylvania as panelists, and Dejay Duckett, Director of Curatorial Services at AAMP as moderator.

March 26, 2pm EDT: Todne Thomas, author of Kincraft, joins Tony Tian-Ren Lin for a discussion about the Black church, which is part of the Virginia Festival of the Book.

March 30, 7pm EDT: Print Bookstore in Portland, Maine, sponsors a conversation between Erica Rand and Cole Rizki about Rand’s new book The Small Book of Hip Checks.


Virtual Events in February

There are lots of great opportunities to join our authors online for lectures, panels, and other book events this month. Please note the local time zone for each event.

The Whites Are Enemies of HeavenFebruary 3, 12:00 pm EST: Mark Driscoll, author of The Whites Are Enemies of Heaven, gives an online talk entitled “Extra-acting and Extracting Whiteness: Why Asians called Euro-Americans ‘Enemies of Heaven’ in the 19th Century,” sponsored by Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Center.

February 3, 5:30 pm GMT: Jairus Grove gives a talk based on his book Savage Ecology. The event is sponsored by The Unit of Play at Goldsmiths University of London.

February 3, 7 pm EST: Mary Coffey, author of Orozco’s American Epic, speaks about Orozco’s murals on Dartmouth College’s campus in an event sponsored by St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

February 4, 5:30 pm EST: Jayna Brown, author of Black Utopias, joins artist Cauleen Smith for a conversation sponsored by the Global South Center at Pratt.

February 4, 6 pm CST: Arlene Dávila, author of Latinx Art, joins Ed Morales and moderator Bill Johnson González for a conversation entitled “Latinx Inclusivity.” It is sponsored by the DePaul Art Museum.

February 5, 12 pm PST: Christina Schwenkel, author of Building Socialism joins Abidin Kusno for a conversation sponsored by several University of California San Diego departments.

February 8, 10 am PST: Maura Finkelstein, author of The Archive of Loss, gives a talk entitled “Stories from Mumbai’s Archive of Loss,” sponsored by the UCLA Center for India and South Asia.

Point of ReckoningFebruary 10, 6 pm EST: Theodore D. Segal, author of Point of Reckoning, speaks about his book with Wesley Hogan, Director of Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, and historian Bill Chafe.

February 11, 12 pm EST: Abigail Dumes, author of Divided Bodies, is joined by Rachel Kahn Best and Yi-Li Wu for a conversation about her book sponsored by the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women & Gender.

February 11, 4:30 pm EST: Eunjung Kim, author of Curative Violence, gives a talk entitled “Continuing Presence of Discarded Bodies: Occupational Harm, Necro-Activism, and Living Justice,” sponsored by Syracuse University. Julia Chang will respond to the talk and Andrew Campana will moderate.

February 11, 6 pm EST: R.A. Judy talks about his new book Sentient Flesh with Corey D. B. Walker, in an event sponsored by Wake Forest University.

February 12, 3:30 pm EST: Maya Stovall discusses her book Liquor Store Theatre in a talk sponsored by McMaster University.

February 12, 5 pm EST: David L. Eng and Jasbir K. Puar, editors of the Social Text issue “Left of Queer,” join the issue’s contributors for a launch event sponsored by the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration and the University of Pennsylvania’s Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women.

February 16, 5:30 pm GMT: Sara Ahmed gives a lecture based on her forthcoming book Complaint!, sponsored by the Glasgow School of Art.

February 18-19: Katina L. Rogers, author of Putting the Humanities PhD to Work, participates in the free online conference Graduate Education at Work in the World

Universal TonalityFebruary 19, 12 pm EST: We are thrilled to host a book launch for Universal Tonality, Cisco Bradley’s biography of jazz bassist William Parker. The launch will feature a conversation between Bradley, Parker himself, Anthony Reed (author of Soundworks), and Senior Executive Editor Ken Wissoker.

February 24, 12 pm EST: Sa’ed Atshan and Katharina Galor, authors of The Moral Triangle, participate in a discussion of issues of diaspora, conflict, immigration, sponsored by Brandeis University’s Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.

February 24, 7 pm EST: Theodore D. Segal speaks to the Duke University Alumni Association about his new book Point of Reckoning. Joining him will be Wesley Hogan of Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, Duke history professor Adriane Lentz-Smith, and Duke alums Bertie Howard and Janice Gill Williams.

February 26, 1 pm EST: Cornell University’s Jewish Studies department sponsors a roundtable on Noah Tamarkin’s recent book Genetic Afterlives

Virtual Events in January

Start your new year off right with some great virtual events featuring our authors.

PostmodernismJanuary 9-February 26: Fans of Jane Bennett’s work may want to check out a new art exhibit inspired by her most recent book Influx and Efflux. Artist Taney Roniger’s drawings will be on display at the SVA Flatiron Project Space in New York City, where they can be viewed from outside while social distancing.

January 10, 10:15 am EST: Attendees at the virtual MLA conference won’t want to miss the panel on the thirtieth anniversary of Fredric Jameson’s classic book Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. Many of our other authors are also appearing on panels at the virtual MLA, including Fred Moten, Lisa Lowe, Katina Rogers, and Kandace Chuh. There’s also a panel centered on Ronak Kapadia’s recent book Insurgent Aesthetics.

January 20, 12:00 pm CST: Kaiama L. Glover, author of A Regarded Self, joins five other authors for a conversation about global race studies, Black diaspora studies, and transnational feminism, sponsored by Transnational Feminist Scholars.

January 21, 12:00 pm EST: Daisuke Miyao talks about his book Japonisme and the Birth of Cinema in an event sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan.

January 21, 5:30pm EST: The Phillips Collection hosts a book club discussion about Latinx Art by Arlene Dávila. The discussion will be led by Fabiola R. Delgado.

January 29, 6:00 pm GMT: Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan celebrates the launch of his book The Globally Familiar with commentary and discussion by eleven scholars.

Virtual Events in December

Even as the semester is winding down, our authors are still doing virtual events. Here are a few we know about now; be sure to follow our Twitter feed to learn of more as they are scheduled. Please note the local time zone for each event and adjust accordingly for your own.

December 3, 2:00 pm EST: Brigitte Fielder, author of Relative Races, gives a talk about her book sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society.

Liquor Store TheatreDecember 3, 6:30 pm EST: Maya Stovall, author of Liquor Store Theatre, joins Bridget Finn and Michael Stone-Richards for a conversation about her book sponsored by White Columns, Reyes Finn, and NADA Miami.

December 3, 7 pm EST: The Whitney Museum hosts an “Ask a Curator” event for their new exhibition Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop. This exhibition originated at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and we distribute the catalog.

December 4, 12 pm EST: Julie Livingston will talk about her recent book Self-Devouring Growth in a talk sponsored by Cornell University.

December 4, 10 am PST: Saiba Varma joins Michael Busch for a conversation about her book The Occupied Clinic. Sponsored by The Polis Project.

africanreligions_party_socialmediaDecember 4, 4pm EST: Editors Terrence L. Johnson, Jacob K. Olupona, and Dianne M. Stewart of the Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People book series will celebrate the series with an event featuring recent and upcoming authors. Yolanda Covington Ward, Roberto Strongman, Todne Thomas, and Joseph R. Winters will open the event with readings from their books in the series, followed by a panel and time for audience questions.

December 8, 9 am AEDT: Caren Kaplan, author of Aerial Aftermaths, gives the keynote address at the Drone Futures symposium sponsored by Media Futures Hub and the University of New South Wales.

Unseeing EmpireDecember 9, 12 pm EST: In an event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Bakirathi Mani, author of Unseeing Empire, is joined by the artist Annu Palakunnathu Matthew and Contemporary Curator Jodi Throckmorton for a discussion on Matthew’s series, An Indian From India and Mani’s book.

December 10, 12:30 PM PST: The University of California Irvine Department of History hosts a book launch for Jie Li’s latest book, Utopian Ruins.

December 17, 3:30 PM CEST: Karen Strassler, author of Demanding Images, discusses her book with Annemarie Samuels and David Kloos, in an event sponsored by the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies at the University of Leiden.


Virtual Events in November

There are many great ways to meet our authors online in November. We hope you can attend one of these virtual events. Note that we have included the local time zone for each event; please adjust for your own geographic location.

Influx and EffluxNovember 3, 12 pm EST: Duke University Press will host a panel discussion on Jane Bennett’s book Influx and Efflux, featuring Kathy Ferguson, Emily A. Parker, Bernd Herzogenrath, Derek McCormack and Peter M. Coviello. Register here.

November 5, 7 pm EST: The National Museum of African American History and Culture sponsors an event featuring Maureen Mahon, author of the new book Black Diamond Queens, in conversation with NPR’s Ann Powers. The event will be streamed on the NPR Music YouTube channel.

November 6, 9:30 am EST: Fadi A. Bardawil, author of Revolution and Disenchantment, gives a talk entitled “Overcoming Theory’s Resistances: Translating Arab Revolutions Past and Present,” sponsored by Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center and Franklin Humanities Institute.

November 6, 5:00 pm EST: Brigitte Fielder, author of Relative Races, joins three other scholars for a celebration of new and noteworthy books by members of the Civil War Caucus of the Modern Language Association.

November 10, 12 pm EST: Dr. Louise Amoore presents her new book, Cloud Ethics: Algorithms and the Attributes of Ourselves and Others in an event hosted by the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia.blackdiamondqueens

November 10, 5 pm EST: Tune into a roundtable discussion about Latinx Art by Arlene Dávila. This event is sponsored by the NYU Center for the Humanities and the Latinx Project.

November 11, 3 pm EST: The University of Virginia’s Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures sponsors a talk by Joanne Rappaport, author of Cowards Don’t Make History, in which she will discuss the impact of research on liberation and its emancipatory power.

November 11, 7:30 pm EST: Maureen Mahon joins Bridgette Davis for a conversation about Mahon’s new book Black Diamond Queens, in an event sponsored by Greenlight Bookstore.

November 12, 3:30 pm CST: Samantha Pinto, author of Infamous Bodies, discusses her book with Jennifer Nash, author of Black Feminism Reimagined, in an event sponsored by the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas.

Resource RadicalsNovember 13, 12 pm EST: Thea Riofrancos will present her new book, Resource Radicals, in an event sponsored by the Rhodes Center and Climate Solutions Lab at Brown University.

November 14, 2 pm EST: Join author Ronak K. Kapadia and panelists Jodi Kim, Keith P. Feldman, Sara Mameni, and Kareem Khubchandani for a one-year publication anniversary celebration of Kapadia’s book Insurgent Aesthetics.

November 20, 10 pm EST: Watch a roundtable discussion, featuring Lyle Fearnley, author of Virulent Zones, and Saiba Varma, author of The Occupied Clinic, about the therapeutic politics of care. Sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

We also encourage you to check out our In Conversation video series on YouTube. Recent videos include Senior Executive Editor Ken Wissoker speaking with Vanessa Díaz about her book Manufacturing Celebrity and Assistant Editor Joshua Gutterman Tranen talking with Ricardo Montez about his book Keith Haring’s Line.

Online Events in October

There are so many great ways to (virtually) see our authors in October. Note that we have included the local time zone for each event; please adjust for your own geographic location.


October 1, 6 pm EDT: Join Arlene Dávila, author of Latinx Art, as she discusses representation of Latinx art and artists in today’s world with Adriana Zavala at an event sponsored by the Whitney Museum of Art.

October 1, 7 pm EDT: The Swerve Conversation Series, sponsored by the Dedalus Foundation and Denniston Hill, will feature Fred Moten, the author of the consent not to be a single being trilogy: Black and Blur, Stolen Life, and The Universal Machine.  Tune in via Instagram Live here.

October 2, 3:30 pm CDT: The Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee will host Ronak K. Kapadia. He draws connections to his book Insurgent Aesthetics, which examines artistic responses to US domination in the Middle East. 

October 3, 7:00 pm WIT: Todd Henry, editor of Queer Korea, joins Hendri Yulius Wijaya for a talk sponsored by Jakarta’s Transit Bookstore.

October 4, 8 pm EDT: The Brooklyn Book Festival will take place virtually and feature a full day of programming with nearly 100 authors, including Maureen Mahon. She will speak about her book, Black Diamond Queens, and power of music to enact change.

October 5, 5 pm CEST: Daisuke Miyao will discuss his book Japonisme and the Birth of Cinema and Marsha Gordon and Allyson Nadia Field, co-editors of Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film, will talk about their book during the online Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

Resource RadicalsOctober 9, 3:30 pm CDT: Listen to Thea Riofrancos discusses her new book Resource Radicals with George Ciccariello-Maher, author of Decolonizing Dialectics, and co-editor of the Radical Américas series, of which Riofrancos’s book is a part. This event is hosted by the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

October 14, 12 pm PDT: Judith Madera, author of Black Atlas, gives a talk entitled “Black Worldmaking and the Radical Histories of Black Geography.” This event is sponsored by JourneysRussianEmpireWa Na Wari and the Seattle Public Library.

October 15, 11 am HST: Nandita Sharma discusses her book Home Rule with The Polis Project.

October 21, 7 pm CDT: The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis will be hosting William Craft Brumfield to discuss his new book Journeys through the Russian Empire, in which he juxtaposes his own photos of architecture in Russia with those of early-twentieth-century photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky.

October 28, 4 pm MDT: Margaret Randall, author of I Never Left Home, speaks with Gioconda Bello. This conversation is organized by the University of New Mexico. Register here.