Talk with Kyla W. Tompkins, GSS Work-in-Progress
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 12:00 Noon - 1:20 PM

"So Moved: Ferment, Jelly, Intoxication, Rot" 


Kyla Wazana Tompkins is an Associate Professor at Pomona College, appointed to the Department of English and the Program in Gender and Women’s Studies; in 2017 she completed a seven-year stint as chair of the Program in Gender and Women’s Studies. In 2012 she published Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century which won the 2013 Lora Romero award for best first book from the American Studies Association as well as the best book award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society. Her scholarly writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters (link is external), Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, Women and Performance, American Quarterly, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth Century Americanists, Lateral: The Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, The Journal of Food, Culture and Society as well as Social Text, Lateral and ASAP/Journal.  As an ACLS Fellow in American Studies at Princeton she is working on two book projects. The first, tentatively titled So Moved, maps the simultaneous recategorization of microbiopolitical life, racialized criminality and the citizenship form across two historical shifts in the United States: the history of Pasteurian science and the failure of Radical Reconstruction that led to the consequent rise of federal Progressivism. The second book project, tentatively titled Not-Africa: On the Maghreb traces the presence of the Arabs, Amazigh, Moors and Jews of North Africa in the Western political, scientific and philosophical traditions, with a particular emphasis on the intersections between black radical thought and postcolonial theory.


Lunch will be provided.

Please call 609-258-1835 or email for reservations.

If provided, copies of pre-circulated papers can be requested by email one week before the workshop.