China and the Black Radical Imagination

China and the Black Radical Imagination


Please join us for two lectures featuring Dr. Robeson Taj Frazier, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Southern California.

"Mining Black Radical Traditions: Black Leftist Internationalism of the 1950s & 1960s.” 

February 25, 9:30-10:50, Humanities Instructional Building 110

“The East Is Black: Cold War China and the Black Radical Imagination.”

February 25, 12:30-1:30, Humanities Gateway 1010


Professor Frazier is a cultural historian who explores the arts, political and expressive cultures of the people of the African Diaspora in the United States and elsewhere. His research examines histories and current-day dynamics of race and gender, cultural traffic and contact, urban culture and life, and popular culture. As a Black studies and communication scholar trained in the humanities, his interdisciplinary scholarship, pedagogical mission, and intellectual purpose is aimed at facilitating for different communities: 1) the value of a critical approach to culture, communication, and the historical, ontological, and material dimensions of power, resistance, and subjectivity; 2) old and new creative modes of cultural and political intervention.

He is the author of The East Is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination (Duke University Press, 2014), co-producer of the documentary film The World Is Yours, was on the Scholarship Steering Committee for the audio-visual and traveling art platform Question Bridge: Black Males, and is on the editorial boards for the Journal of Race and Policy and Communication, Culture, & Critique. Frazier's writings have been published in books including The New Black History: Revisiting the Second Reconstruction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), African Americans in Global Affairs (University Press of New England/Northeastern University Press, 2010), and Migrating the Black Body: Visual Culture and the African Diaspora (University of Washington Press, forthcoming); as well as in academic journals and periodicals such as American Quarterly, China Information, Boom: A Journal of California, Socialism & Democracy, The Journal of History and Cultures, The Journal of African American History, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Black Arts Quarterly.

Event Details

  • When: Tuesday, February 25, 2 Lectures: 9:30-10:50 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Humanities Instructional Building 110 and Humanities Gateway 1010
  • Organizer: James Robertson (email)