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Is Caribbean thought a useful category? Thinking the Caribbean as a distinctive space

When: Monday, 22 April 2019 - Monday, 22 April 2019
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
CB 8, Robert Sobukwe Building
Start time:17:00

The Centre for Indian Studies will host Brain Meeks from Brown University to present this lecture.

What does it mean to speak of people like Stuart Hall as a Caribbean thinker? He was, of course, born in Jamaica and went to high school there, but the rest of his life and formation was in the United Kingdom, at Oxford, in the new left and at Birmingham and later the Open University, where he led the forging of modern cultural studies. Despite this cosmopolitan trajectory, (indeed, in part, because of it) his work was distinctively Caribbean and deserves to be honoured as such. Referencing Hall’s work along with that of Sylvia Wynter and Kamau Brathwaite, this talk tries try to think through the unanswered question of the distinctiveness of Caribbean thought and argue as to whether it deserves its own space, amidst the panoply of late colonial and early post-colonial radical thinking.

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