Roski Talks: Robeson Taj Frazier

Mar 3, 7pm
Roski Graduate Bldg
Arts District
1262 Palmetto St, LA



Open to the public


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Dr. Robeson Taj Frazier is a cultural historian who explores the arts, political and expressive cultures of the people of the African Diaspora in the United States and elsewhere.  His research examines histories and current-day dynamics of race and gender, cultural traffic and contact, urban culture and life, and popular culture.  As a Black studies and communication scholar trained in the humanities, his interdisciplinary scholarship, pedagogical mission, and intellectual purpose is aimed at facilitating for different communities: 1) the value of a critical approach to culture, communication, and the historical, ontological, and material dimensions of power, resistance, and subjectivity; 2) old and new creative modes of cultural and political intervention.

He is the author of The East Is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination (Duke University Press, 2014), co-producer of the documentary film The World Is Yours, was on the Scholarship Steering Committee for the audio-visual and traveling art platform Question Bridge: Black Males, and is on the editorial boards for the Journal of Race and Policy and Communication, Culture, & Critique.

Frazier's writings have been published in books including The New Black History: Revisiting the Second Reconstruction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), African Americans in Global Affairs (University Press of New England/Northeastern University Press, 2010), and Migrating the Black Body: Visual Culture and the African Diaspora(University of Washington Press, forthcoming); as well as in academic journals and periodicals such as American QuarterlyChina InformationBoom: A Journal of CaliforniaSocialism & Democracy, The Journal of History and CulturesThe Journal of African American HistorySouls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and SocietyThe San Francisco Chronicle, and The Black Arts Quarterly