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Sylvia Wynter and the Praxis of Radical Thought

Anthony Bogues
October 2nd, 2017
4:00 PM


FSP | Sylvia Wynter and the Praxis of Radical ThoughtMonday, October 2, 2017
4 pm - 6 pm

Ahmadieh Lecture Hall
Smith Warehouse, Bay 4 (C105)
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Radical anti-colonial thought has a genealogy of critical theorizing in which seminal questions about ways of human life are foregrounded. The methodology of such thought typically resides in forms of thinking that engage deeply with the social world. It is a form of critical praxis that, while reaching for emancipatory horizons, calls for new ways of knowing and the construction of different archives of thought. This lecture will explore these issues by focusing on some of the unpublished writings of the Caribbean theorist Sylvia Wynter. The talk will be followed by a response from Wahneema Lubiano.

Cosponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Program in Literature, and Marxism & Society at Duke.

Anthony Bogues

Brown University

Anthony Bogues is the Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice and Professor of Africana Studies and of Humanities and Critical Theory at Brown University. His major research and writing interests include intellectual, literary, and cultural history, radical political thought, political theory, critical theory, Caribbean and African politics, as well as Haitian, Caribbean, and African art. He is the author of Caliban's Freedom: The Early Political Thought of C.L.R. James (1997), Black Heretics and Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals (2003), and Empire of Liberty: Power, Freedom and Desire (2010). He has also edited several volumes on Caribbean intellectual and literary history and curated shows in the United States and South Africa. Bogues is an associate director of the Center for Caribbean Thought, University of the West Indies, Mona, and a member of the editorial collective for the journal boundary 2.

Wahneema Lubiano

Duke University

Wahneema Lubiano is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Literature at Duke University. She received her BA degree in English Literature and African-American Studies from Howard University, and her MA and PhD degrees in English Literature from Stanford University. Before coming to Duke she taught at Princeton University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Williams College. Her essays and articles have been published in Social Text, Cultural Critique, boundary 2, American Literary History, Callaloo, New England Quarterly, among other publications. She is author of the forthcoming books Messing With the Machine: Politics, Form and African-American Fiction and Like Being Mugged by a Metaphor: "Deep Cover" and Other "Black" Fictions, and editor of The House That Race Built: Black Americans, U.S. Terrain (1996). Her research and teaching interests include critical race theory, black American literature, black cultural studies, literary theory, semiotics, black popular culture, and feminist studies. In 2017, she was awarded the Raymond Gavins Distinguished Faculty Award from the Samuel DuBois Cook Society at Duke University.