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Black Boxes: Censor Bars, Death Maps, and Experimental Poetry with Anjuli Raza Kolb & Jasbir Puar

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In Black Boxes, Anjuli Raza Kolb will read from her new book Epidemic Empire and will discuss protected information, the aesthetics of censorship, cartographies of disease and debility, the symbolism of the Kaaba, and the putative ontological black box of the Muslim mind. In conversation with Jasbir Puar (author of Terrorist Assemblages and The Right to Maim) Anjuli will build upon new work by poets, scholars, detainees, and other artists to move toward a theory of lyric articulation and dysfluency in devotional poetics: Muslim, secular, and otherwise.

Enthusiastic readers and listeners are encouraged to engage more deeply with Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb's work by purchasing her latest book, Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror, which is available through the publisher, University of Chicago Press. Enthusiastic readers are invited to think more with Jasbir K. Puar by reading her interview with Humanity Journal*.

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