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The Black Radical Tradition from Toussaint to Biko and Beyond - 1791: Haiti; 1958: Ghana; 1968: USA; 1968: Grahamstown; 1987 Burkina Faso

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The Black Radical Tradition from Toussaint to Biko and Beyond - 1791: Haiti; 1958: Ghana; 1968: USA; 1968: Grahamstown; 1987 Burkina Faso

A Colloquium, 2, 3, & 4 July 2017


 

The colloquium will be held in Grahamstown during the National Arts Festival. It is co-hosted by the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU) and the Steve Biko Foundation (SBF). In preparation for the meeting participants are asked to familiarise themselves with Cedric Robinson’s Black Marxism, which is available online at: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-n8_HcTJBcDa0xVSGtrRERHUGs

All events will be he held in the Humanities Seminar Room which is at 1 Prince Alfred Street. Public events, which are all marked with ** in this programme, will be advertised on the online festival programme.

Sunday 2 July  - Day One

All delegates arrive in the afternoon.

Opening Keynote**

5:00 – 6:30 Victoria Collis-Buthelezi (WISER) Mapping the Black World from South Africa

Chair: Richard Pithouse

 

Monday 3 July – Day Two

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee

9:00 – 9: 30 Welcome by Nkosinathi Biko & Michael Neocosmos

9:30 – 10:30 Situating the Conversation in Grahamstown:

  • Mikaela Erskog Reflections on the Black Student Movement
  • Ayanda Kota (UPM) From Azapo to the Unemployed People’s Movement

Chair: Fezokuhle Mthonti

 

10:30 – 11:00 Tea

12:00 – 1:00 Popular struggles (1)

  • Michael Neocosmos (UHURU) The Dialectic of Emancipatory Politics and African Subjective Potentiality
  • Motlatsi Khosa (UNISA) Abahlali baseMjondolo & Living Ubuntu

Chair: Levi Kabwato

 

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:30** Tendayi Sithole  - Steve Biko in Johnny Dyani’s Exiled Imagination: a meditation

-       responses by Bongani Madondo & Fezi Mthonti

Chair: Bokang Pooe (SBC)

 

3:30 – 4:00 Tea

4:00 – 5:00 Black Feminisms

  • Mikaela Erskog – Black Left Feminisims
  • Ntombizikhona Valela – Militant Mother Madikizela: The Intellectual Genealogy of Winnie Mandela

Chair: Sizwe January

                                                                                                                          

5:00 – 6:30 Black Reason**

Achille Mbembe (WISER) – Black Reason

Chair: Michael Neocosmos (UHURU)

 

Tuesday 4 July

9:00 – 9:30 Coffee

9:30 – 11:00 Popular struggles (3)

  • S’bu Zikode – Abahlalism
  • Azwell Banda – Trade union struggles
  • Richard Pithouse – Popular struggle & the academy

Chair: Fezi Mthonti

 

11:00 – 11:30 Tea

11:30 – 1:00 Black Intellectuals (2)

  • Levi Kwabato (UHURU) – Re-inventing “madness” and “non-conformity” 30 years after Thomas Sankara’s assassination
  • Sizwe January– Steve Biko as Philosopher

Chair:  Bokang Pooe

 

1:00 – 2:00 lunch

2:00 – 3:00 Bongani Madondo – Skenke: Sonic Visitations Suite**

Chair: Levi Kwabato

 

3:30 – 4:00 Tea

4:00 – 5:00 Music & Poetry

  • Fezi Mthonti – Four Women: Nina Simone as an Afro-American Vernacular Intellectual
  • Chelsey Wilken – "We hear, then we remember": Unpacking racial memory in Claudia Rankine's Citizen

Chair: Sizwe January

 

5:00 – 7:00 Robin Kelley - Southern Africa in the Making of Cedric J. Robinson’s Radical Theory and Practice**

Chair: Richard Pithouse (UHURU)

 

7:00 Braai/Barbecue

 

Wednesday 5 July

Departure, except for Robin Kelly & Tendayi Sithole who travel to the Steve Biko Centre in King William’s Town to speak on the importance of Steve Biko in the context of the Black Radical Tradition.


For more information about this event, please contact:

Professor Michael Neocosmos (UHURU Director)

Email: m.neocosmos@ru.ac.za

Twitter: @UHURU_RU


Source:UHURU