Dr Vashna Jagernath and Dr Richard Pithouse from 29 March – 01 April 2016, present a series of seminars aimed at critically engaging the works of some of the leading intellectuals in African and Diasporic political thought.

This seminar series is organised around two main themes. The first aspect relates to the history of Pan African thought in relation to contemporary debates and struggles facing people from the African continent and their descendants, wherever they may live. The seminar also introduces participants to key themes in Pan African scholarship such as race, class, gender, feminism and intersectionality. The works and legacies of Frederick Douglass, Phyllis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth, Ida B Wells, Anna Julia Cooper, Thomas Sankara, CLR James amongst others, forms the key focus of this segment of the series.

The second aspect of the seminar series looks at Frantz Fanon’s works – as a thinker and revolutionary – and its location in the global political context. It explores various areas of his work such as his critique of liberalism and racist ideology. The relevance of Fanon’s work for struggles waged in the present (cities and urban areas) is be considered.

Recommended Readings:
• Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave by Frederick

Recommended Readings:
• Dominico Losurdo Sacred & Profane Space in the History of Liberalism (2011) Chapter 9
• Michel-Rolph Trouillot An Unthinkable History (1995)
• Peter Hallward An Interview with Jean-Bertrand Aristide (2007)

Recommended Readings:
• Frantz Fanon Black Skin, White Masks (1952)
• Frantz Fanon The ‘North African Syndrome’ (1952)
• Lewis Gordon What Fanon Said (2015)

Recommended Readings:
•A summary on Anna Julia Cooper by Lewis Gordon http://www.lewisrgordon.com/sketches/...

Feminism is for everybody: Pasionate Politics by bell hooks
•A summary on Anna Julia Cooper by Lewis Gordon