Ashon Crawley of the University of Virginia to give lecture on “Polyphonic Intension: The Sound of the Hammond Organ in the Black Church” on April 4, 2018

Ashon Crawley, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and African American Studies at the University of Virginia, will discuss the Hammond B-3 organ and sound experience in Black popular culture on Wednesday, April 4 at 5:30pm in Rockefeller Hall, room 200. This event is free and open to the public.

Crawley works in the areas of black studies, queer theory, sound studies, theology, continental philosophy, and performance studies. His first book project, Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility, investigates alternative modes of sociality present in the aesthetics practices of Black Pentecostalism. He is currently working on three projects: one tentatively titled "The Lonely Letters," an autobiofiction that explores the relationships between blackness, quantum mechanics, mysticism, and love; a second that considers the role of the Hammond B-3 organ in Black Christianity; and a critique of western mysticism.

This event is sponsored by the Religion, Sociology, American Studies, and Africana Studies Departments.

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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, February 14, 2018