This course considers a phenomenological analysis of violence from the perspective of lived experience and probes the experience of violence as it is mediated by the body. A phenomenological analysis views violence as culturally constituted and never independent of its agents, recipients and observers. Violence must therefore be phenomenologically analyzed as it is suffered, inflicted and witnessed. It considers the brute fact of physical violence, and also symbolic and material forms of violence that defy articulation, and the invisible effects of violence. The course addresses violence as it pertains to black subjectivity, sexuality, biopolitics, disability, and surveillance. Readings include works in black studies, cultural studies, queer theory and critical theory, with special attention to recent literature in Afro-pessimism.