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Theorizing Freedom, Radicalizing the Black Radical Tradition

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Albert and Vera List Academic Center 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

Politics Speakers Series presents

Neil Roberts

Associate Professor, Africana Studies Program and Faculty Affiliate, Departments of Political Science & Religion, Williams College

Theorizing Freedom, Radicalizing the Black Radical Tradition

Neil Roberts’s colloquium talk draws upon core claims advanced in the author's recent book Freedom as Marronage and it delves into the implications of the work's argument for the meaning of freedom, the types of texts we consult to study ideas and phenomena, the nature of political theory, and the black radical tradition. It argues that marronage is a conception of freedom emanating from the latter whose heuristic value spans epochs and intellectual traditions. The talk discusses black politics, Afro-Caribbean thought, the meaning of radical, and the contours of the black radical tradition; posits marronage as a suggestive philosophy and political imaginary to radicalize this tradition in more useful ways than alternative contemporary discourses; and responds thematically to the most challenging critiques to its theorization.

This event is co-sponsored by The Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies

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