j. kameron carter is an associate professor at Duke University Divinity School. His areas of research and teaching are black religious and theological discourses, black performance studies, critical race theory, feminist theory, and poetry and philosophy. The author of Race: A Theological Account (Oxford UP, 2008) and editor of Religion and the Futures of Blackness (a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly, 2013), he is finalizing a soon-to-published book, Dark Church: A Poetics of Black Assembly.
sarah jane cervenak is an assistant professor jointly appointed in the Women’s and Gender Studies and African American and African Diaspora Studies programs at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Her current book project, tentatively titled Black Gathering: Toward an Esthetic of (Un) Holding queries the Black radical, feminist potential of gathering in post-1970s Black literary and visual arts. She is the author of Wandering: Philosophical Performances of Racial and Sexual Freedom (Duke UP, 2014). In addition to her writings, Cervenak is the co-organizer, with Dr. J. Kameron Carter, of a 2016–2017 speaker and working group series titled “The Black Outdoors: Humanities Futures After Property and Possession.” [End Page 225]
ashon crawley is an assistant professor of Ethnic Studies at University of California, Riverside. His research and teaching experiences are in the areas of Black Studies, Performance Theory and Sound Studies, Philosophy and Theology, and Black Feminist and Queer theories. His first book project, Blackpentecostal Breath: The Esthetics of Possibility (Fordham University Press, 2016), investigates esthetics and performance as modes of collective social imaginings.
john e. drabinski is a Charles Hamilton Houston Professor of Black Studies in the Department of Black Studies at Amherst College. In addition to authoring three books, including, most recently, Levinas and the Postcolonial: Race, Nation, Other (Edinburgh), he has written more than three dozen articles in French philosophy and Africana theory and has edited book and journal issues on Fanon, Godard, Levinas, Glissant, and the question of political reconciliation. He has just completed a book-length study of Glissant’s poetics entitled Abyssal Beginnings and a translation and critical introduction to Éloge de la créolité, and he is drafting a book entitled ŒSo Unimaginable a Price1: James Baldwin and the Black Atlantic.
michele elam is an Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, professor of English, and director of Stanford University’s interdisciplinary graduate program, Modern Thought and Literature (MTL). She is the author of Race, Work, and Desire in American Literature, 1860-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 2003), The Souls of Mixed Folk: Race, Politics, and Esthetics in the New Millennium (Stanford University Press, 2011). She is editor of the Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin (Cambridge University Press, 2015). She has published articles in African American Review, American Literature, and Theater Journal and Genre, among others, as well as op-eds for CNN, Huffington Post, and Boston Review. At Stanford, Elam has served as Director of the Program in African and African American Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Director of Curriculum in the Department of English. She has chaired the Executive Committee for the Black Literatures and Culture Division of the Modern Language Association and the Executive Council for the American Literature Society at MLA. [End Page 226]
grant farred teaches at Cornell University. His most recent work is Martin Heidegger Saved My Life (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). His previous books include In Motion, At Rest: The Event of the Athletic Body (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), What’s My Name? Black Vernacular Intellectuals (University of Minnesota Press, 2004), Phantom Calls: Race and the Globalization of the NBA (Prickly Paradigm, 2006), and Long Distance Love: A Passion for Football (Temple University Press, 2008). His forthcoming works include Conciliation (Temple University Press) and The Condemned: Lio Messi, Luis Suarez and the 2014 World Cup (Indiana University Press).
emily j. lordi is an assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of two books: Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature (Rutgers, 2013) and Donny Hathaway Live (Bloomsbury, 2016). She is currently writing a book about soul.
marisa parham is a professor at Amherst College. She is the author of Haunting...