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1. The CLR James Journal: Volume > 25 > Issue: 1/2
Paget Henry Editor's Note
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Paget Henry Africana Studies as an Interdisciplinary Discipline: The Philosophical Implications
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This paper outlines a code-theoretic approach to the substantive and pedagogical challenges created by the distinct interdisciplinary nature of the field of Africana Studies. It identifies some of the key discourse-constitutive codes and some strategies for suspending disciplinary boundaries created by these necessary codes, which should help us to navigate better the spaces between the disciplines engaged by Africana Studies. After examining these codes and methods for transcending them, the paper concludes with some pedagogical strategies for teaching these interdisciplinary aspects of the field.
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Bettina Bergo The Afrocentric ‘Copernican Revolution’: Reading Marimba Ani’s Yurugu in Light of Cheikh Anta Diop’s Nations nègres et culture
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This article summarizes the Afro-centric ‘Copernican Revolution’ of Cheikh Anta Diop between 1960 and 1974, the dates on which he defended his thesis on the African identity of Egypt (Kemet and Nubia) and argued his thesis, with Théophile Obenga, before the UNESCO Cairo Conference on the “General History of Africa.” I discuss both the unhappy reception, by European Egyptologists and others, of Diop’s ground-breaking, multidisciplinary research, as well as its gradual spread, among others, to Diasporic thinkers. One such thinker, Marimba Ani (who expressly acknowledges her debt to Diop’s revolutionary demonstrations) took a further step by rethinking, in Africanist terms, the philosophical bases underlying the unfolding of what she probatively shows is the European (or western) Asili (Kiswahili for an overarching way of living or cultural source), as exemplified in its patterns of thought and affective-ideological patterns. I attempt to show, here, how Ani inherits and prolongs Diop’s “Copernican” displacement.
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Benjamin P. Davis The Politics of Édouard Glissant’s Right to Opacity
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The central claim of this essay is that Édouard Glissant’s concept of “opacity” is most fruitfully understood not as a built-in protection of a population or as a summary term for cultural difference, but rather as a political accomplishment. That is, opacity is not a given but an achievement. Taken up in this way, opacity is relevant for ongoing decolonial work today.
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Glenn Sankatsing Action Is the Best Prediction: Moral Authority of Vulnerable States
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In the Caribbean, we cannot stop the misconduct of irresponsible global actors who agitate the winds beyond their natural cycles and push the sea over our shores, but now, we should refuse to leave our destiny in the hands of those for whom nature’s only beauty is its monetary value. Humanity is reading on its earlier footprints before nature has had time to erase them. That undermines sustainability, the backbone of continuity, survival and development, which goes beyond the pleonasm of sustainable development invented by the dominant system in order to maintain its predatory economy rather than a sustainable ecology. Forced to live from reconstruction to reconstruction, the Caribbean has the moral authority to speak out and take command of our destiny along with other vulnerable states, in a fusion of local and global action.
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Marie Sairsingh The Rainmaker’s Mistake: Re-shaping the Genre of Historical Fiction
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This paper explores the ways in which Erna Brodber’s The Rainmaker’s Mistake reshapes the genre of the historical novel to pose philosophical questions of being, and to interrogate the concept of freedom within the matrix of Caribbean emancipatory discourse. This chosen novelistic form examines history as that of human consciousness as well as expands the conception of time as a spiritual category. Brodber’s work poses and responds to philosophical questions regarding black ontology and existence, offering through the intricate and complex plot structure and phenomenological exploration that she deploys in the historical narratives an in-depth treatment of themes of redemption and liberation of the human.
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Captain Guillaume Le Conte of Cherbourg, Henry F. Majewski Story of a Voyage to Saint-Domingue and to Virginia in the United States of America in 1793
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John Sailant Dâaga the Rebel on Land and at Sea: An 1837 Mutiny in the First West India Regiment in Caribbean and Atlantic Contexts
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This article challenges scholarly understanding of an 1837 mutiny in the First West India Regiment. In the Anglo-Trinidadian narrative, African-born soldiers acted out of blind rage, failing in their rebellion because they lacked skill with rifles and bayonets and did not understand either the terrain of Trinidad or its location in the Atlantic littoral. This article’s counterargument is that the rebels, led by a former slave-trader, Dâaga, who had been kidnaped by Portuguese traders at either Grand-Popo or Little Popo, was, with other African-born soldiers, well familiar with military weapons and, after time in the Caribbean, the ecosystem, society, and topography of Trinidad. Dâaga aimed at escape from eastern Trinidad for either Tobago or nearby South America, but was thwarted after English officers captured some mutineers, while the soldiers who remained on the run clashed with a mixed-race Spanish-speaking militia on the only road to an east-coast point of escape.
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Leslie R. James “Livity” and the Hermeneutics of the Self: Constituting the Ground of Rastafari Subjectivity
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This paper explores the concept of “livity,” the ground of Rastafari subjectivity. In its multifaceted nuances, “livity” represents the Rastafari invention of a religious tradition and discourse, whose ethos was fundamentally sacred, signified the immanence of the Absolute in dialectic with the Rastafari worldview and life world. Innovatively, the Rastafari coined the term “livity” to a discourse to combat despair, damnation, social death, and the existential chaos-monde they referred to as Babylon. In the process, the Rastafari reclaimed their power to name their world. The Rastafari neologism “livity” articulated a mysticism, alternative spatial visions, and a positive technology of the self that revalorized blackness, explored, and interrogated profound dimensions of the human condition, from within the Jamaican context, that inevitably brought them into conflict with the local colonial authorities and implicitly shifted the model of social relations between the master and slave.
book discussion: in memory of james hal cone
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Lewis Gordon Symposium in Honor of James Hal Cone (1938–2018)
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M. Shawn Copeland The Grace of James Hal Cone: A Theological Meditation
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Josiah U. Young III James Cone’s Black-Power Hermeneutics
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Darryl Scriven James Cone and the Black Resistance Tradition
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Leslie R. James The Afterlife of Beyond a Boundary: C. L. R. James in the Twenty-First Century: David Featherstone, Christopher Gair, Christian Høgsberg, and Andrew Smith, eds. Marxism, Colonialism, and Cricket: C. L. R. James’s Beyond a Boundary
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Zophia Edwards Racial Capitalism in the Atlantic: A Review of Selwyn Cudjoe’s The Slave Master of Trinidad: Selwyn Reginald Cudjoe. The Slave Master of Trinidad: William Hardin Burnley and the Nineteenth-century Atlantic World
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Elaine Olaoye Analysis and Review of Quest to Rescue our Future by Glenn Sankatsing: Glenn Sankatsing. Quest to Rescue out Future
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Paget Henry Caribbean Ecological Ethics: A Review of Glenn Sankatsing’s Quest to Rescue Our Future: Glenn Sankatsing. Quest to Rescue Our Future
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Notes on Contributors
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