“Anaformative Impulse. Chest Punch. A Working Paper on Bass” with Dr. Katherine McKitrick

Wednesday March 30, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Social Justice Institute
Noted Scholars Series presents:

Dr. Katherine McKitrick
Professor in Gender Studies and the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies, Queen University


“Anaformative Impulse. Chest Punch. A Working Paper on Bass”

Co-sponsored by the UBC President’s Office & Centre for Culture, Identity & Education


March 30th, 12-1 PM 

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All events are free and open to the public.

In this presentation I share some preliminary thoughts on music, sound, and groove, focusing specifically on the bass, basslines, and bass sounds. I build on scholarship in black studies, sound studies, and studies of black popular culture and black music; I hold steady Richad Iton’s “anaformative impulse” to think about how black music, and the bass, resists hierarchy, hegemony, and administration, and interrupts colonial narratives by rearticulating them in ways that unsettle prevailing knowledge systems.

Katherine McKittrick is Professor of Gender Studies and Canada Research Chair in Black Studies at Queen’s University. She authored Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle (UMP, 2006) and edited and contributed to Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis (DUP, 2015). Her most recent monograph, Dear Science and Other Stories (DUP, 2021) is an exploration of black methodologies.