The year 2018 will mark 80 years since the publication of C.L.R. James’s The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution. This seminal work placed the Haitian Revolution at the center of world history, alongside the French and American revolutions of the 18th century. The Radical Thinkers Lecture Series examines the life and ideas of the Caribbean activist and writer on the making Haitian revolution, Pan-Africanism and the politics of the diaspora. With contemporary debates on decolonisation, race and class often polarised, James’s political biography demonstrates how one can simultaneously be an anti-colonialist, a Pan-Africanist, a universalist and a Marxist.
David Austin is the author of Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal (Winner of the 2014 Casa de las Americas Prize) and editor of You Don’t Play with Revolution: The Montreal Lectures of C.L.R. James. He also produced a three-part radio documentary for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on the life and work of C.L.R. James (The Black Jacobins, 2004) and on the life and work of Frantz Fanon (The Wretched of the Earth, 2006)