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Sound, Image, Echo—A Family Affair

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Thursday, April 07, 2022
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Lauren McLeod Cramer
Race and the Global Humanities Lecture Series

The Program in Literature presents
Race and the Global Humanities Lecture Series

Lauren McLeod Cramer

Sound, Image, Echo-A Family Affair

Thursday, April 7, 2022
4:30 - 6:00pm

In person
Room 225, Friedl Building


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"Sound, Image, Echo-A Family Affair," is part of Lauren McLeod Cramer's ongoing research on hip-hop visual culture as a contemporary archive of black spatial practices. This presentation explores the echo as an expression of the "audiopolitics" of black diasporic family life, focusing specifically on rapper Earl Sweatshirt's music video/short film Nowhere, Nobody (2019), an oblique meditation on the connections and disconnections of the black family's never-private history rendered in the video's asynchronous audiovisuality.

Lauren McLeod Cramer is an Assistant Professor in the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Her writing has appeared in The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, The Black Scholar, Black Camera, Film Criticism, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Quarterly Review of Film and Video and the edited collection Writing for Screen Media (Routledge, 2019). Lauren is also founding member of liquid blackness, a research project on blackness and aesthetics, and is the co-Editor of liquid blackness: journal of aesthetics and black studies (Duke University Press).