Keynote Speaker

Ashon Crawley will be joining the faculty of UVA in the fall of 2017 and was previously Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC-Riverside. Dr. Crawley earned his PhD in English from Duke Univeristy. His 2016 book Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility “engages a wide range of critical paradigms from black studies, queer theory, and sounds studies to theology, continental philosophy, and performance studies to theorize the ways in which alternative or ‘otherwise’ models of existence can serve as disruptions against the marginalization of and violence against minoritarian lifeworlds and possibilities for flourishing.”

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