Thursday, 26 November 2009

2nd Monthly Forum of the 'Third World' in Theories Study Group

Dear All,

As a follow up to our last month’s thought-provoking inaugural, you are warmly invited to the 2nd Monthly Forum of the ‘Third World' in Theories Study Group, holding as follows:

Date: Thursday December 10, 2009
Venue: School of Law, University of Westminster, Little Tichtfield Street; Room LTS 205c.
Time: 6-9pm. (By 9pm, however, we’ll break away from the ‘Prison House’ of the Ivory Towers and continue the debate over drinks at Vapiano).

Study Material:
*Susan Buck-Morss “Hegel and Haiti” Critical Inquiry, Vol. 26, No. 4. (Summer, 2000), pp. 821-865 and/or Susan Buck-Morss “Hegel, Haiti and Universal History” University of Pittsburgh Press 2009

Brief Notes:
Susan Buck Morss is a professor of political philosophy and social theory at Cornell University. Her work on Hegel & Haiti drips with deep philosophical and historical insights. It will shock and awe. It may inspire scholarship and activism at a time of perplexity. The ‘Haiti” in the title, recreates the unprecedented freedom struggle, in Haiti, which was fought under the banner of “Liberty or Death’. Buck Morss argues that the master-slave dialectics in Hegel’s Phenomenology of the Mind drew a lot of inspiration from the Haitian Revolution. Hegel’s moment of ‘madness’ in his ‘Philosophy of History’ was equally analysed as “sadly ironic”. By ending the long silence on ‘Hegel and Haiti’, the writer believes that it will be possible to rescue the idea of universal history/freedom from the domineering and occluding meta-narratives of the ‘victors’ and ‘salvaged’ of our time.

As usual we will be adopting a participatory approach, moderated by Dr Radha D’Souza, Reader in Law, University of Westminster.

Looking forward to your attendance,

Wilfred Mamah
Telephone: 02079115000/Ext. 2706

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