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Louis Chude-Sokei Reading and Q&A


Louis Chude-Sokei

You are invited to a Reading and Q&A featuring Louis Chude-Sokei the author of Floating in A Most Peculiar Way. He will read from the memoir and then participate in a Q&A session. The reading and Q&A are being hosted by the Black Archival Imagination seminar series. Chude- Sokei Bio: Louis Chude-Sokei is a writer and scholar who teaches at Boston University and directs the African American Studies Program. His work includes the award-winning The Last Darky: Bert Williams, Black on Black Minstrelsy and the African Diaspora (2005), The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics (2015) and the acclaimed memoir, Floating in A Most Peculiar Way (2021). His work has appeared in numerous languages, including book translations in Korean--Dr. Satan's Echo Chamber: Reggae, Technology and the Diaspora Process (2022), and in German, Race Und Technologie: Essays Der Migration (2023). He is the Editor in Chief of The Black Scholar, one of the oldest and leading journals of Black Studies in America. Chude-Sokei has collaborated with numerous artists and performers, including iconic Berlin electronic artists, Mouse on Mars with whom he produced the celebrated album Anarchic Artificial Intelligence (2021) and the legendary Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in their 2022 touring show, Curriculum II. He is also founder of the international sonic art/archiving project, Echolocution, and was the lead artist/curator of "Sometimes You Just Have to Give it Your Attention," a year-long sound art project for which won the Kulturstiftun Des Bundes Award from the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The album of sound recordings and installations from that project was released this month. Chude-Sokei was also a curator of Carnegie Hall's 2022 Afrofuturism Festival and is currently an advisor to the Guggenheim Museum's Art and Technology Initiative in partnership with LG Electronics. His forthcoming book is Machines of Flesh and Blood: How Race Made Technology (Viking/Random House, 2025). Co-sponsored by: Duke English, Africa Initiative (AI); Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI); African and African American Studies (AAAS); Concilium on Southern Africa (COSA)