Calvin Warren is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Warren’s research interests are in Continental Philosophy (particularly post-Heideggerian and nihilistic philosophy), Lacanian psychoanalysis, queer theory, Afropessimism, and theology. Duke University Press published his first book, Ontological Terror: Blackness, Nihilism, and Emancipation (2018). He is currently working on a second project, Onticide: Essays on Black Nihilism and Sexuality, which unravels the metaphysical foundations of black sexuality and argues for a rethinking of sexuality without the human, sexual difference, or coherent bodies.
On November 6th, Emory professor Calvin Warren will be speaking on, “Being Blacked Out/Blacking Out Being: Nihilistic Considerations.” With him will be respondent Linette Park, currently a postdoctoral fellow at Penn State and an alumna of the Aesthetics and Politics program at the School of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts.
Key readings of Warren’s are available below, and vary in length from 8-27 pages. Catch WHAP! on Youtube, Fridays at 4:30 PDT, at tiny.cc/2020whap.
Calvin L. Warren, Ontological Terror: Blackness, Nihilism, and Emancipation. Duke University Press. Introduction. 15 pgs. 2015.
Calvin L. Warren, “What is A (Black) Faggot? Cinema, Exorbitance, and Moonlight’s Metaphysical Question.” The Western Journal of Black Studies. 2020.
Calvin L. Warren, “Onticide: Afro-pessimism, Gay Nigger #1, and Surplus Violence.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. 27 pgs. 2017.
Calvin L. Warren, “Black Time: Slavery, Metaphysics, and the Logic of Wellness.” In The Psychic Hold of Slavery, Rutgers University Press. 13 pgs. 2019.
Calvin L. Warren, “Black Mysticism: Fred Moten’s Phenomenology of (Black) Spirit.” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. 20 pgs. 2017.
Calvin L. Warren, “Calling into Being: Tranifestation, Black Trans, and the Problem of Ontology.” TSQ. 8 pgs. 2017.