January 22: Joseph Winters on Blackness and Melancholy

Photo of Professor Joseph Winters

The first spring 2021 installment of the Duke English Faculty Works-in-Progress series will take place on Zoom this Friday, January 22, at 1:15 p.m. Professor Joseph Winters will discuss "Recovering the Irrecoverable: Blackness, Melancholy, and the Duplicities that Bind,” an article he is working on for an upcoming special issue of the journal Religion.

Religion is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open-access journal on religions and theology from Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.  

Professor Winters' article will be part of the “Slave Religion: Histories and Horizons” collection focused on how slave religion (or the afterlife of slave religion) might contribute to new approaches to race, religion, subjectivity, and diaspora. In his article, Professor Winters looks at Stephen Best’s book, None Like Us: Blackness, Belonging, Aesthetic Life, published by Duke University Press Books in November of 2018, and Best’s concerns that black studies are increasingly an expression of melancholy historicism.

Professor Winters will provide some opening comments at the session, followed by Q&A and open discussion.

We encourage anyone interested in English faculty members' work to participate, but registration is required. Please complete this sign-up form. All attendees will receive a copy of Professor Winters' paper in advanced of the event.