Upcoming INvited Talks


April 16, “A Philosophy of Afro-Asia After the Plantation,” Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

March 19-21, “The Death Drives of Capital,” Asian Studies Association, Boston, MA

March 5-6, “Scholars and their Kin,” New York, NY


December 5-6, “Cultural Exchange and the Life of the Metropolis,” International Studio and Curatorial Program, SUNY Global Center, New York, NY

November 20, “Emerging Research in Asian American Studies,” Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Past Talks

October 3, “Black Object Lessons: A Workshop on Materiality and Digital Methods,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Charleston, SC

August 17, “Hang the DJ: Black Feminist Visual Soundtracks,’ Afrotectopia, Google Headquarters, New York, NY

August 6, “Digital Heirlooms: Global Intimacies and Alternative Family Trees,” with Felicia Chang, Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad

July 25, “Unravel: Remixing Archipelagic Space and Time,” “The Global Condition,” Performing Arts Forum, Saint-Erme, France

July 19, “Sanctuary and Academic Freedom,” 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands

May 3-4, “Unlearning Imperial Rights / Decolonizing Institutions,” Pembroke Center, Brown University, Providence, RI

April 4-5, “The Jamaican 1950s,” University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

April 3, “WaveForms: Remixing the Caribbean Archipelago and Albums,” Duke University, Durham, NC

March 28, “Ancestral Thrones and Ritual Photography,” response to keynote by Albert Chong, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT

February 16, “Sound x Colour: The Synaesthetics of Dub Art,” response to keynote by Denzil Forrester, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica


December 6-7, “Unmapping the Caribbean: Sanctuary and Sound,” Small Axe’s Caribbean Digital V, St. Augustine, Trinidad

November 28, “007 versus the Darker Races: Jamaican James Bond,” Department of English, New York University, New York, NY

October 11, “Remixing the Family Album,” Tisch Department of Art and Public Policy, New York University, New York, NY

October 10, Second Edition Launch of the “Caribbean Syllabus” Institute for Research of Women and Gender Studies, Columbia University, New York, NY

October 9, The University Seminars, American Studies, “Afro-Asia Bioengineering or the Curious Case of the Calcutta Mongoose,” Columbia University, New York, NY

September 25, “Race and Space: Chinatown, Jamaica” Global Liberal Studies, New York University, New York, NY

June 23, "Gastropoetics of Coolitude," Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labour, University of Suriname, Paramaribo, Suriname

June 14, "A Conversation on Oral History & Praxis, Homeward Bound: Memory, Identity & Resilience" Wing on Wo & Co." New York (Chinatown), New York

June 4-8, "Dismantling the Master’s House: Caribbean Feminist Radical Pedagogies," & "China in the Caribbean, The Caribbean in China," Caribbean Studies Association, Havana, Cuba

May 24, "Remixing the Family Album, South is South: North/South Atlantic Imaginaries and the Afterlives of Asian Indenture," Latin American Studies Association, Barcelona, Spain

May 3, "Chinatown, Jamaica: Afro-Asian Intimacies in the Caribbean," Intersections in the Americas, the UCL Americas Research Network Annual Conference, London, United Kingdom

April 28, "Negotiating Mixed Heritage Identities," Workshop with Vijou Bryant, New York City Asian American Students Conference, New York University, NY, NY

April 27, Response to Keynote by Saidiya Hartman's "The Anarchy of Colored Girls Assembled in a Riotous Manner," Mariners, Renegades, and Capitalism, New York University, NY, NY

March 24, National Dominican Students Conference, "Latine Media and Representation,"  New York University, New York, NY

March 23, "The Women," Black Portraiture[s], Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

February 28, "Living and Being Undocumented," Migration, Refugees & the Politics of Sanctuary, New York University, New York, NY


November 17, “Reinventing Revolution Conference,” co-chair response to keynote by Gary Wilder, “After the Revolution: Black Radicalism, Radical Humanism and the Good Life,” New York University, Gallatin, NY, NY

November 6, “Excavation and Burial: Archival Encounters in The Pagoda by Patricia Powell,” Cultures and Context, New York University, NY, NY

October 10, “Cultivation and Catastrophe: The Lyric Ecology of Modern Black Literature by Sonya Posmentier,” moderator, panel with Brent Hayes Edwards & Evie Shockley. Center for the Humanities, New York University, NY, NY

June 6, “Chinese Whispers: Chasing the Chinese Ghost,” Caribbean Studies Association. Nassau, Bahamas

May 4, “Caribbean Queens: A Digital Showcase on Sonics and Sexuality,” with Thomas Glave. Co-hosted by Social and Cultural Analysis & Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University, NY, NY

April 27,  “Afro-Asian Visual Arts Intersections” Asian American Arts Activism, Hunter College, City University of New York, NY

April 26, “Undocumented in the Academy: Afro-Dominican Identity, Narrative, and Roman Classics,” moderator, Conversation with Prof. Dan-el Padilla Peralta on the black undocumented experience, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University, NY, NY

April 13-14, “We Chinese are Dark Enough,” Photographic Memory Workshop Presents The State of the Album” The Beinecke Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT,

April 5, “DJ’ing as Storytelling,” The Art of Research, New York University, NY, NY

January 30, “CineCLACS presents Nana Dijo: Irresolute Radiography of Black Consciousness” moderator, in conversation with rapper/ filmmaker Bocafloja about Afro-Latinidad, New York University, NY, NY. 


September 26, “Jamaican Chinese James Bond,” Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in a Global Frame, New York University, NY, NY

September 23, “Kingston to Kowloon: An Archive of Jamaican Chinese Intimacies in Family Photography,” Asian American/ Asian Research Institute CUNY, New York, NY

April 28, “Unfamiliar Harbors: Curating Archives of Asian America and the Asian Caribbean,” Asian American Studies Association, Miami, FL,

April 13, “Chiney Royal: Afro-Asian Intimacies in the Americas,” Department of African American Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

April 4, “Writing in the Dark: A Genealogy of Black Letters and Lives ~ A Conversation with Caryl Phillips,” Department of African American Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

March 21,  “Afro-Asian Atlantic: Literature, Reggae, and the Caribbean,” Department of African American Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 


October 10, “Ghost Ships: The Spectre of Afro-Asian Death and Labor at Sea,” Maritime Melancholies: Oceanic Archives of Resistance, American Studies Association, Toronto, Canada

April 24, “Currents and Currencies,” Critical Encounters, Yale University, Yale Working Group on Globalization and Culture, CT

April 2, Roundtable: “Future of Caribbean and Latin American Chinese Studies” with Lisa Yun, Kathleen Lopez, Anne Marie Lee-Loy, Ana Lee, Asian American Studies Association, Evanston, IL

February 27,  “Jamaican Chinese James Bond,” Roundtable on Emerging Graduate Research in Asian American Studies, Yale Asian American Studies Conference, Yale University, CT


November 15, “Eulogy of the Chiney Royal: Jamaican Chinese Vernacular Photography, Cultural Memory, and Burial,” Things (Re)called: Memory and Materiality Across the Disciplines, Yale University

October 2, “Framing the Chiney Royal: Jamaican Chinese Vernacular Photography and Cultural Memory,” Asians in the Americas, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, ,

July , “The Gastropoetics of the Indenture" Crossroads in Cultural Studies, Tampere, Finland

April 28, “Changing Climates,” Media Studies Colloquium, Yale University, CT,

April 11, “Ethnographies of Material Life: Oceans, Anchors, Detours,’” American Literature in the World, Respondent, Yale University, CT


June, “Intimate Occupations: ‘Coolies,’ Cooks, and Queering the Colonial Archive in The Book of Salt and The Pagoda,The Left Forum, Pace University, New York, NY

April 24, “Spaces and Times of Occupation,” Critical Encounters, Yale University, Yale Working Group on Globalization and Culture, CT, 

March 26, HAPA Students’ Organization, Dinner Discussion, Yale University, CT,

February 5, “Framing the Chiney Royal: Jamaican Chinese Family Photography,” Bouchet Diversity Talk: Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Yale University, CT