Dr. Fred Moten joins Comparing Domains of Improvisation for a presentation and discussion on his work on Black studies, performance studies, poetics, and critical theory.
Fred Moten is a professor in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a 2020 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. He holds an A.B. from Harvard and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Moten teaches courses and conducts research in Black studies, performance studies, poetics, and critical theory. He is the author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003); Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2009); B. Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010); The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2014), The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), The Service Porch (Letter Machine Editions, 2016), a three-volume collection of essays whose general title is consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press, 2017, 2018) and All that Beauty (Letter Machine Editions, 2019). Moten has also co-authored, with Stefano Harney, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2013), A Poetics of the Undercommons (Sputnik and Fizzle, 2016), and All Incomplete (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2021) and, with Wu Tsang, Who touched me? (If I Can’t Dance, I Don't Want to be Part of Your Revolution, 2016). Moten has served on the editorial boards of Callaloo, Discourse, American Quarterly, and Social Text; as a member of the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine; on the board of directors of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York; and on the advisory board of Issues in Critical Investigation, Vanderbilt University.