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BLACK CRITIQUE | Towards an alternative genealogy of critical thought

UJ Dept of Philosophy Colloquium

Thinking about the complex configuration of the present conjuncture, this talk will map the possibilities of critical/radical thought through an alternative genealogy of the black radical intellectual tradition. The talk will suggest that part of the present crisis is also one of critical thought. It will then argue that questions of the imagination and its relationship to politics are central today for our capacity to fashion possible new futures.

Humanities Common Room
C-Ring 319
UJ Kingsway (APK) campus (directions)

Light catering will be provided.
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Anthony Bogues is a writer, scholar, curator, and the Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University. Bogues is Professor of Africana Studies, Royce Professor of Teaching Excellence (2004-2007), and currently the Asa Messer Professsor of Humanities and Critical Theory at Brown University, where he is also an affiliated faculty member of the departments of Political Science, Modern Culture and Media, History of Art and Architecture. In 2018 he joined VIAD as a Visiting Professor and Curator, and was recently announced as a CLUE+ Fellow at Vrije University, Amsterdam.

Bogues' major research and writing interests are 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 is the editor of From Revolution in the Tropics to Imagined Landscapes: the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié ( 2014 ); Metamorphosis: The Art of Edoaurd Duval-Carrie (2017), as well as two volumes on Caribbean intellectual and literary history: After Man, Towards the Human: Critical Essays on Sylvia Wynter (2005) and The George Lamming Reader: The Aesthetics of Decolonisation (2011).