The Black Radical Tradition: Freedom, Emancipation and the Question of the Human (Lecture)

This is the first event in a year-long seminar that will invite colleagues from the humanities and social sciences (and cognate professional schools) to jointly explore questions that highlight the urgency of thinking globally about the humanities and humanistically about globalization. What can the study of human geography contribute to our ability to comprehend the origins and movement of artistic and literary creations? What parallels exist between the fraught identity politics of systematic wartime rape as a tool of genocide by procreation and the modes of cultural production employed by colonizing powers in erasing or overwriting the artistic and cultural achievements of colonized societies? Why do economic and political assessments of globalization vary so dramatically from those generated by critics within disciplines like literature and film studies?

Anthony Bogues is the Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory and professor of Africana Studies and African and African Diaspora Art at Brown University . He is the inaugural director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University and  the author of six books and numerous articles in the fields of intellectual history, political theory, and Caribbean art history. He is a curator and has curated shows in the USA and South Africa and was a member of the scientific committee for the 2014 exhibition on Haitian Art held in Paris at the Grande Palais. His latest book is From Revolution in the Tropics to Imagined Landscapes: The Art of Edoaurd Duvall-Carrie (2014). He is currently finishing a reader on black political thought (2016) and a book on Caribbean radical thought and intellectual history (2016).

This event is also sponsored by the Global Studies Center and the Humanities Center. For more information, contact Michael Goodhart at


Monday, November 16, 2015 - 5:30pm

Location and Address

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning