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Seminar - Black Radical Imagination: A Different Way Out.

The Centre for African Studies (CAS) and
Department of Sociology
Invite you to a seminar by Professor Robin D.G Kelley, Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History.
University of California Los Angeles Campus
Title of Talk: Black Radical Imagination: A Different Way Out.

The title of the talk is taken from Robin’s 2002 book, Freedom Dreams: the Black Radical Imagination. In the book, Robin traces what he calls black radical tradition propagated by black intellectuals, activists and artists who “not only imagined a different future, but in many instances their emancipatory vision proved more radical and inclusive”. According to him the ideas of people such as W.E.B Du Bois, Claude McKay, Aimé Césaire, Suzanne Césaire and Trinidadian-born communist Claudia Jones; “challenged and reshaped communism, surrealism, and radical feminism”. For Robin, the visions of these radicals were unfortunately “held at bay, if not completely marginalised”.

Robin’s research explores the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa; black intellectuals; music; visual culture; contemporary urban studies; historiography and historical theory; poverty studies and ethnography; colonialism/imperialism; organized labor; constructions of race; Surrealism, Marxism, nationalism, among other things. His essays have appeared in a wide variety of professional journals as well as general publications, including the Journal of American History, American Historical Review, Black Music Research Journal, African Studies Review, New York Times (Arts and Leisure), New York Times Magazine, The Crisis, The Nation, The Voice Literary Supplement, Utne Reader, New Labor Forum, Counterpunch, to name a few. Robin is currently collaborating with two other authors, Tera Hunter and Earl Lewis, on a general survey of African American history. In this project, they are proposing a re-writing of American history through the experiences and struggles of African Americans.

Date: 23 June 2017
Time: 13h00-14h00
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery