John Akomfrah's Precarity: Art and the Humanities

John Akomfrah's Precarity: Art and the Humanities

The Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University presented an interdisciplinary panel of humanities faculty—experts in jazz, archives, water, mental illness and art. The panelists discussed themes in "Precarity", the three-channel video by acclaimed British filmmaker John Akomfrah. Precarity is about the life and myth of Charles “Buddy” Bolden, the New Orleans cornet player credited as "the father of jazz." Part documentary, part costume drama, part music video, "Precarity" addresses history, memory, mythology, cultural identity, health, race—and many other issues facing U.S. society today.

Franklin Humanities Institute Director Ranjana Khanna moderated the following roundtable of panelists:

Laurent Dubois Professor of Romance Studies and History Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University

Michael Hardt Professor of Literature Co-Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute Social Movements Lab

Deborah Jenson Professor of Romance Studies Co-Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute Health Humanities Lab

Shambhavi Kaul Assistant Professor of the Practice of Filmmaking, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Pedro Lasch Associate Research Professor, Art, Art History & Visual Studies Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute Social Practice Lab

Mark Anthony Neal James B. Duke Professor and Chair of African and African American Studies Director of Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity (DCORE) Host of Left of Black