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Phenomenology of the Flicker


Phenomenology of the Flicker:
Videographic Thought and Radically Interdisciplinary Intersectionality

Feminist Thinking Seminar Series
Intersectional Humanities Programme
TORCH Research Centre in the Humanities
University of Oxford

Tuesday 9 May @ 1pm (online)

In this talk, I discuss the changing meaning of “as” statements in the digital age; my own experience of “flickering” in and out of identities; Tiffany Lethabo King’s incredible reading of Julie Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust”; what I have learned over the past six years editing a videographic journal; and the Judaica project’s video essays and current Instagram project.

Original blurb:

This talk will examine the transformation of relations between knowledge, identity, and place in the audiovisual era. A phenomenology of the flicker will be used to rethink the “digital identity politics” of gender and race in videographic thought (Kara Keeling; Sara Ahmed; Eliza Steinbock; Katherine Profeta; Tiffany Lethabo King).

What is videographic thought and what does it mean to take such thinking literally in the context of ongoingly colonial and patriarchal logocentric institutions like the university? How can an intersectional feminist ethics of identification, enacted for example through the performance of “as” statements, be extended through radically interdisciplinary forms of videographic thought and knowledge?

Examples of videographic thought will be shared from the Journal of Embodied Research and also from the artistic research projects Judaica (2012–2022) and cryptojudaica (2022–ongoing).