Poetics: A RaceB4Race Symposium

Arizona State University | January, 2023 - More details to come

In person and livestreamed

This symposium will invite scholars and poets to examine the ways race can, should, and/or does function within poetic paradigms. Along with our distinguished speaker Fred Moten, we ponder "the question of how we can read the poem is redoubled now. Now, how can we read this poem?"

Invited speakers

  • Brandi K. Adams (Arizona State University)
  • Tanvir Ahmed (Austrian Academy of Science)
  • Tarren Andrews (University of Colorado - Boulder)
  • Tamar Boyadjian (Michigan State University)
  • Suzanne Coley (Independent artist)
  • Sasha-Mae Eccleston (Brown University)
  • Promise Li (Princeton University)
  • Jackie Murray (University of Kentucky)
  • Susie Phillips (Northwestern University)
  • Debapriya Sarkar (University of Connecticut)
  • Reginald Wilburn (University of New Hampshire)

A program will be made available soon.


An evening with Fred Moten

January, 2023 | Keynote conversation

Fred Moten is a cultural theorist and poet creating new conceptual spaces that accommodate emergent forms of Black cultural production, aesthetics, and social life. In his theoretical and critical writing on visual culture, poetics, music, and performance, Moten seeks to move beyond normative categories of analysis, grounded in Western philosophical traditions, that do not account for the Black experience. He is developing a new mode of aesthetic inquiry wherein the conditions of being Black play a central role.


Livestream information

This event will be livestreamed by ASU Live. The recording will be available to watch on the ACMRS YouTube channel afterwards. If you would like to be reminded of the ASU Live link at the time of the event, please register with the online only option.

COVID-19 safety protocols

Attendees of this event must follow ASU guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety, including ASU's face covering policy. Masks are required inside the venue.


Venue and parking

This event will take place in Carson Ballroom in Old Main. The closest parking garage to the venue is the Fulton Center parking structure. Learn more about parking rates here.