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Future cafe and doc films present: afrofuturism
Monday, February 26, 2018
Future Cafe: 5: 30 PM to 6:45 PM
Sankofa: 7 PM to 9:45 PM
3CT's Future Cafe and Doc Films are pleased to contribute their collaborative effort to Doc Film's Afrofuturism series. Please join us for a discussion moderated by Professor Shannon Dawdy and Doc Films Series Programmer Jola Idowu, followed by a screening of Sankofa. Light refreshments will be provided.
Afrofuturism has been a part of the African and African Diaspora experience in all generations from slavery, to the Great Migration, Civil Rights, and today. The desire for a better and more equitable future that offers a site of healing for both the past and the present has been an integral part of the Black experience. In celebration of the end to our Afrofuturist series, Doc Films and 3CT present FutureCafe.2: Afrofuturism. Join us as we host a conversation on imagining a Black future in an uncertain present and what defines a Black Future. The conversation will be moderated by Professor Shannon Dawdy, Anthropology, and "The Future Is Black: Afrofuturism in Film" programmer, Jola Idowu. After the conversation, guests are free to transition to Ida Noyes Theater for a screening of a seminal film of Afrofuturism, Sankofa by Haile Gerima.
THOMAS DODMAN, WHAT NOSTALGIA WAS: WAR, EMPIRE, AND THE TIME OF A DEADLY EMOTION
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
6 PM to 7:30 PM
Seminary Co-op5751 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60637 United States
Nostalgia today is seen as essentially benign, a wistful longing for the past. This wasn't always the case, however: from the late seventeenth century through the end of the nineteenth, nostalgia denoted a form of homesickness so extreme that it could sometimes be deadly.
What Nostalgia Was unearths that history. Thomas Dodman begins his story in Basel, where a nineteen-year-old medical student invented the new diagnosis, modeled on prevailing notions of melancholy. From there, Dodman traces its spread through the European republic of letters and into Napoleon's armies, as French soldiers far from home were diagnosed and treated for the disease. Nostalgia then gradually transformed from a medical term to a more expansive cultural concept, one that encompassed Romantic notions of the aesthetic pleasure of suffering. But the decisive shift toward its contemporary meaning occurred in the colonies, where Frenchmen worried about racial and cultural mixing came to view moderate homesickness as salutary. An afterword reflects on how the history of nostalgia can help us understand the transformations of the modern world, rounding out a surprising, fascinating tour through the history of a durable idea.
Thomas Dodman is Assistant Professor in the Department of French and the College at Columbia University. He is the author of What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire and the Time of a Deadly Emotion(Chicago, 2018) and is currently co-editing a global history of war for the Éditions du Seuil. A cultural and intellectual historian of modern France, Dr.Dodman received his PhD from the University of Chicago and was a Mellon Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He previously taught at Boston College and currently serves as associate editor for Emotion Review.