Annual theme “Human after Man“

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series (2018/19)


7 May 2018

Decolonializing the Human

Alexander G. Weheliye


Alexander Ghedi Weheliye is professor of African American Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he teaches black literature and culture, critical theory, social technologies, and popular culture. He is the author of Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity (Duke University Press, 2005), which was awarded The Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Study of Black American Literature or Culture, and Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human (Duke University Press, 2014). Currently, Weheliye is working on two projects: The first, Feenin: R&B’s Technologies of Humanity, offers a critical history of the intimate relationship between R&B music and technology since the late 1970s. The second, Black Life/Schwarz-Sein, situates Blackness as an ungendered ontology of unbelonging. Weheliye’s work has been published in many journals and anthologies, amongst which Black Europe and the African Diaspora (2009), Wie Rassismus aus Wörtern spricht: (K)erben des Kolonialismus im Wissensarchiv deutsche Sprache (2011), The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies (2014), and re/visionen: Postkoloniale Perspektiven von People of Color auf Rassismus, Kulturpolitik und Widerstand in Deutschland (2016). A selection of his writings can be found here: