Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Noon - 1:00 pm
Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)
Light lunch served beginning at 11:45
Join us for a discussion with Achille Mbembe about his Critique of Black Reason, recently translated by Laurent Dubois and published by Duke University Press. The discussion will explore the core themes of the book as well as the process of its translation into English. The conversation will be moderated by Professor Tsitsi Jaji.
Duke University and Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research
Achille Mbembe specializes in French; Decolonial and Post-colonial Studies; and Globalization, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity. He holds a position at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has written extensively in African history and politics.
Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author of six books, including Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004) and A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (2004), which won four book prizes including the Frederick Douglass Prize, and Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (2012). He has also written about the politics of soccer, with Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France (2010) and is the founding editor of the Soccer Politics Blog. His most recent book is The Banjo: America's African Instrument (2016). He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Humanities Center Fellowship, and a Mellon New Directions Fellowship. He is also involved in several Digital Humanities projects, including the Soccer Politics blog and the Banjology website. His writings have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Slate. He tweets @Soccerpolitics.
Tsitsi Jaji is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Duke University, where she teaches courses on African American, African and Caribbean expressive cultures and exchanges among them throughout the global black world. Her research often focuses on representations of sound, music and listening, and engages feminist methods and theory. Jaji has conducted fieldwork throughout Southern and West Africa, and also holds a B. Music in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory. She still finds making music an important part of her life on and off campus. Her first book, Africa in Stereo: Modernism, Music and Pan-African Solidarity accounts for how and why African American music and literature circulated in Ghana, Senegal, and South Africa and contributed so profoundly to African notions of solidarity in the 20th century.