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.