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Hosted by ASCA Political Ecologies Seminar: Terrains of Struggle | January 28th from 15:00-18:00 | Potgieter, UvA Singel Library | Lectures and Performance with J.T. Roane (Rutgers University), Christine Okoth (King’s College London), Alexander Cromer (Leiden University)
Event details of The Factory, the Plot & the Edges of the Black Atlantic
28 January 2023
15:00 -18:00

The next session of TERRAINS OF STRUGGLE draws a critical cartography through blurred, sedimented, and insurgent traces of Black ecologies. Grounded in the factory, the plot, and the sedimented ecologies of voice, join J.T. Roane, Christine Okoth, and Alexander Cromer for lecture and sonic performances and an afternoon of discussion.

Participants in ASCA Political Ecologies seeking credit are also invited to a tour of the Black Archives at 16:00 on Friday, January 27th with this session’s guest speakers. Contact Jeff Diamanti ( to sign up.

J.T. Roane is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Geography and Andrew W. Mellon chair in the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers University. Roane's first book, Dark Agoras: Insurgent Black Social Life and the Politics of Place was published by New York University Press in January 2023.

Christine Okoth is Lecturer in Literatures and Cultures of the Black Atlantic in the Department of English at King’s College, London. Her work is primarily concerned with questions of environment and race in contemporary Black literature and visual art. She's currently working on a book project entitled Race and the Raw Material and has previously published articles on race as extractive form, the narrative peripheralization of racialized labour, and hydroelectricity in the postcolonial novel. 

Alexander Cromer (he/they) is a spoken word performance artist and artistic researcher based in the Netherlands. Currently he is pursuing his PhD in artistic research at Leiden University where he concerns himself with matters of voice, Blackness, storytelling, and ecologies. When he isn't doing that, you could find him at home enjoying the finer things in life like wine and music and cute animal videos on the internets. 

ASCA Political Ecologies Seminar: Terrains of Struggle is a research seminar supported by NICA and ASCA and is coordinated by Fred Carter, Jeff Diamanti, and Joost de Bloois. rMA students seeking credit can contact