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PLAYED: How Music Orchestrates Thick Violence Against Black Girls on the Internet

Clark University, Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons - 2nd Floor 36 Maywood Street, Worcester, MA, United States

Dr. Kyra Gaunt from the University at Albany, SUNY opens the Higgins School's spring 2024 symposium on Movement, revealing the obscured musical contributions of Black girls who twerk while also exposing how music perpetuates patriarchal violence.

Sponsored by: Higgins School of Humanities

Kant’s Cosmopolitanism and the Idea of Race

Clark University, Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons - 2nd Floor 36 Maywood Street, Worcester, MA, United States

Jameliah Inga Shorter-Bourhanou (College of the Holy Cross) examines Kant’s discussion of enslavement and colonialism in his essay, “Toward Perpetual Peace” (1795). Clark University's Cara Berg Powers offers commentary.

Sponsored by: Higgins School of Humanities

On Trans Game History: Networked Games, Glitches, Trans Studies, and the Digital

Clark University, Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons - 2nd Floor 36 Maywood Street, Worcester, MA, United States

This talk by Whitney (Whit) Pow (they/them) of New York University situates today’s queer and trans games movement within the histories, contributions, and politics of queer and trans people and people of color from the 1970s to the present. How might we re-think and re-imagine the radical potentiality of video games by centering game studies […]

Sponsored by: Clark University Women’s and Gender Studies Program

The Future of Video Games: Race, Play, and the Speculative Imagination

Clark University, Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons - 2nd Floor 36 Maywood Street, Worcester, MA, United States

  In this talk, which is written as a love letter, Professor TreaAndrea M. Russworm (she/her) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst examines different modalities of Black cultural life—hip hop, Blaxploitation film, popular fiction, and simulation games—as spatial-speculative tools for playing in a broken world. What can Black speculative thinking teach us about navigating the […]

Augmented Abilities in the Virtual World

Clark University, Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons - 2nd Floor 36 Maywood Street, Worcester, MA, United States

Technology can give you superpowers. Where literature and film often transport you into the imagination and world-building of a pre-defined plot, there exist spaces where you are in control of the narrative and can experiment with abilities far exceeding your capabilities in the physical world. Games, like World of Warcraft or Fortnite and the virtual […]