Riot and Refrain: Sylvia Wynter

Image courtesy of Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library.
Image courtesy of Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library.
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Study Sessions are informal and intimate discussion groups. This study session opens out the ideas and themes of our exhibitions and research strand Sonic Continuum, and explores how black feminist authors and thinkers reconceptualise voice, performativity and community against patriarchal and racial oppression.

By discussing their radical aspirations and concurrent approaches to gender, race and class, our study sessions explore the global critiques, poetic tactics, and relational political projects of black women writers, and ask: how might we articulate alternative social and political formations?

This session is led by political theorist Gulshan Khan and dwells on the work of Jamaican novelist, dramatist, critic, philosopher, and essayist, Sylvia Wynter.

Reading

Sylvia Wynter, ‘Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom: Towards the Human, After Man, Its Overrepresentation – An Argument’, The New Centennial Review 3, no.3 (2003): 257-337.

A copy of the reading and meeting link will be available on booking.

Online. Free. Limited Capacity. Booking required.

Gulshan Khan is an Associate Professor in Political Theory at the University of Nottingham. Her work focuses on concept development by engaging in different traditions of political thought such as post-structuralism, analytical political theory, deliberative democracy and neo-republicanism. She examines the etymological origins of paradox, freedom, dependency and populism, examining their diverse uses and meanings.

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