Black Thought: A Theory of Articulation

Book Launch Flyer

New York University's Collaborative Arts and Art & Public Policy Departments invite you to the launch of Victor Peterson II's (NYU) forthcoming book, Black Thought: A Theory of Articulation. 

WHEN: March 10, 2022, 6pm

WHERE: 1 Washington Place, 12 FL New York, New York

WHO: Victor will be joined by Dr. Marcel Rosa-Salas (NYU) and Lindsay Catherine-Harris (Brooklyn Museum, Arts Politics Alum) who will respond to excerpts from the book. 

Please note that at this time only NYU faculty, staff, and students are allowed to attend on-campus events. 


To be released February 28, 2022, under Routledge's African and African Diaspora Series

Black Thought uncovers a logical fallacy underlying Afro-Pessimism, and instead provides a formal theory of Articulation, teasing out new reflections on race and Blackness.

Afro-Pessimism maintains that Blacks, subject to a subordinate position in society, suffer a cultural death. In this monograph, Victor Peterson rejects this theory, demonstrating that Black subjectivity is inherently multiple, articulating identities appropriate to the contexts in which it finds itself and yet remaining continuous across these individual but not mutually exclusive instantiations. Peterson argues that we should consider the mechanisms that produce the conditions under which individuals obtain positions of either dominance or subordination. By providing a working logical foundation for Articulation theory within cultural studies, Peterson encourages us to rethink the politics of racial identity and subjectivity in contemporary social life.

Encouraging critical thought about the arbitrarily determined but instrumentally objective of our global racial order, this book will be of great interest to scholars of Black Studies, sociology, cultural studies and philosophy.

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Dr. Marcel Rosa-Salas (she/they) is a cultural anthropologist and documentarian from Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of two forthcoming books, Total Market American: Race, Data and Advertising (Duke University Press) and The Nameplate: Jewelry, Culture and Identity (with Isabel Flower, Clarkson Potter), and is co-host of the Top Rank podcast.

Lindsay Catherine-Harris (they/she) is the acting Director of Education at Brooklyn Museum. As a media artist, cultural worker, and educator their practice explores Black and queer identity, anti-racist pedagogy and institutional change, and QTBIPOC community programming. Harris is committed to increasing meaningful civic engagement through the arts, challenging inequity, and amplifying youth voice—specifically femme, queer, and trans youth of color. A former Flaherty Film Seminar, Laundromat Project, Black Public Media Digital Media, and NYU Critical Collaborations Fellow, Lindsay holds a degree in Africana Studies and Art from Vassar College and a graduate degree in Arts Politics from NYU.

Victor Peterson II, a native of Philadelphia and Arts Politics (NYU) alum, obtained his PhD at King's College, London, and currently lives and teaches in New York City. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Tisch Initiative for Creative Research.