Black Studies: Grammars of the Fugitive

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to a public lecture with Professor Fred Moten and Professor Stefano Harney organised by Black Studies Group (London) to be held at Goldsmiths College on Friday 6th December.

Please see the blurb below and attached poster for all information.
Feel free to circulate this information widely.
If you have any questions please contact us at:


Black Studies Group (London)
Simon Barber, Dhanveer Singh Brar, Manuel Cruz, Sam Fisher, Lucie Mercier, Ash Sharma

Black Studies: Grammars of the Fugitive
A public lecture with Professor Stefano Harney and Professor Fred Moten
Hosted by Black Studies Group (London) and Centre for Cultural Studies (Goldsmiths College)
Friday 6th December 2013

Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre / Whitehead Building / Goldsmiths College, University of London

Black Studies Group (London) and Centre for Cultural Studies (Goldsmiths College) are delighted to host a public lecture to be delivered by Fred Moten and Stefano Harney. The publication of their Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions, 2013) marked a culmination point in an ongoing project in which they have sought to reinvigorate contemporary social thought and aesthetic critique by way of the black radical tradition. Deploying concepts such as “study”, “undercommons”, “debt”, “speculative practice”, “blackness” and “fugitivity”, Harney and Moten have loosened what for many now seems like the strained and distant relations between intellectual thought, academic labour and collective (under)common action. We hope you can join the Black Studies Group in coming together to make delusional plans with both Moten and Harney.

Fred Moten
Moten received his Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley. He is a student of Afro-diasporic social and cultural life with teaching, research and creative interests in poetry, performance studies and critical theory. His books include In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with his frequent collaborator Stefano Harney) and The Feel Trio.

Stefano Harney
Professor of Strategic Management Education, Singapore Management University and co-founder of the School for Study, an ensemble teaching project. He employs autonomist and postcolonial theory in looking into issues associated with race, work, and social organization. Recent books include The Ends of Management (co-authored with Tim Edkins) and The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (co-authored with Fred Moten). Stefano lives and works in Singapore.



The Undercommons Study Group

Undercommons front cover loresI am beginning a study group based on Stefano Harney and Fred Moten’s book The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Studies (2o13). An e-version can be downloaded for free here.

The group will meet in the open space on the first floor of the New Academic Building at Goldsmiths College, New Cross, on Thursdays between 3 and 4 pm during October, November and December. The first meeting will be on Thursday 17th October.

This is an open study group to which any interested parties are welcome.

The meetings will be based on each chapter of the book.

Schedule and details below.

The Undercommons Study Group

Anti-University Show at Flat Time House

Antihistory Tabloid

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I very much recommend picking up the Antihistory tabloid, published originally by the MayDay Rooms, that has been reprinted for the show. It is fascinating to compare the values, ideals, projects and teaching courses proposed during this phase of alternative protest pedagogy with recent and current experiments. There will be a free public event at Flat Time House discussing the legacy of these three experiments – the NOIT School – this Saturday (July 13th). Places are limited and going fast.

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Sea of Antagonism

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DRUGG gathering

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Blue Plague

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16 West Lane, London SE16 4NY

Workshops Thurs and Sat 12-4pm
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