Saint Louis University

The African American Studies Program will host the latest of its Brown Bag Series from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in room 218 of McGannon Hall. Jonathan Smith, Ph.D., will present "Chapter 11: Postindustrial Blackness and Time in Ellison's Invisible Man."

The event will include a reading of chapters 10 and 11 in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man that begins with a consideration of the irresolvable temporal rupture that exists in the interstices between the two chapters. The blackness of chapter 11 is a postindustrial blackness characterized not by manufacturing technologies, but by bio- and information technologies. Smith will argue through this reading that chapter 11 serves as the perfect allegory for the social construction of race; that the allegory substantially accounts for the ways in which race appears at a specific, and identifiable, historical moment; that then moment's identifiability does not at all make it temporally locatable; and that from its inception race has been as much a fully technological enterprise as an economic one.