Dhanveer Brar

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities

20142015 Forum on Color

Dhanveer Brar

Black Cultural Studies and Critical Theory

Ph.D., Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2006

Dhanveer Singh Brar is a scholar of black studies specializating in the intersections of black critical thought, black radicalism, and culture. He has taught at Goldsmiths College (University of London), Central St. Martins College of Art and Design (University of the Arts, London), and University of East London. Dhanveer is also a founding member of the London-based Black Studies Group

Blackness, Radicalism, Sound: Black Consciousness and Black Popular Music in the U.S.A (1955 - 1971)

During his Mellon Fellowship year at the Forum, Dhanveer examines the ontological, epistemological, and formal registers of black music by considering its colors. Functioning as the creative and technological avant-garde of the black diaspora, the rates of innovation within the field of black electronic dance music of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries serve as a setting for this examination. The intellectual impulse comes from the theories of blackness currently being debated by Fred Moten, Nahum Chandler, Frank Wilderson, Jared Sexton, and Saidiya Hartman. Brar's hypothesis is that as the most recent and intense manifestations of black diasporic culture, black electronic dance music marks both the instantiation and abeyance of blackness as racial ontology, of blackness as political subjectivity, and blackness as aesthetics, through the insistence that it is not, but nothing other than, black music.