Episode 27

Therí A. Pickens

Welcome to Contemporary Black Canvas, I am your host, Dr. Pia Deas. In today’s episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing scholar Therí Alyce Pickens about her most recent work Black Madness::Mad Blackness published by Duke University Press in 2019. 

Currently, Therí A. Pickens is a  Full Professor of English at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and her PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA. Her research focuses on Arab American and African American literatures and cultures, Disability Studies, philosophy, and literary theory. In addition to her most recent work, Black Madness::Mad Blackness, she has written New Body Politics: Narrating Arab and Black Identity in the Contemporary United States. She also ushered in a new set of conversations about Blackness and Disability when she guest edited the 50th anniversary issue of African American Review in the Summer of 2017.

In this episode, we will be discussing how Dr. Pickens’ work as she describes it, “ aims to architect a series of conversations that retool our theory and praxis for and about the Black mad and the mad Black.”

Please join me in welcoming Therí Alyce Pickens. 

Twitter: Therí A. Pickens 

Website: tpickens.org

Octavia Butler: Fledgling

To find Dr. Pickens: 

Personal Twitter: TAPPhD

Professor, English 

Chair, Africana (formerly African American Studies)

Bates College

To Find Dr. Pickens’ Work:

Author, Black Madness :: Mad Blackness (Duke 2019)

Editor, Arab American Aesthetics (Routledge 2018) 

Editor, Special Issue of African American Review on Blackness and Disability (2017). Available here

Author, New Body Politics (Routledge 2014) 

Authors Mentioned on Show:

Tananarive Due

Nalo Hopkinson

Tavia Nyong’o

Paule Marshall

Gayl Jones

Percival Everett

Toni Morrison

Mat Johnson