Black Knowledges/Black Struggles

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Black Knowledges/Black Struggles

Essays in Critical Epistemology

FORECAAST (Forum for European Contributions to African American Studies), 2


February 2nd, 2021



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Black Knowledges/Black Struggles: Essays in Critical Epistemology explores the central but often critically neglected role of knowledge and epistemic formations within social movements for Black “freedom” and emancipation. The collection examines the structural subjugation and condemnation of Black African and Afro-mixed descent peoples globally within the past 500 years of trans-Atlantic societies of Western modernity, doing so in connection to the population’s dehumanization and/or invisibilization within various epistemic formations of the West. In turn, the collection foregrounds the extent to which the ending of this imposed subjugation/condemnation has necessarily entailed critiques of, challenges to, and counter-formulations against and beyond knowledge and epistemic formations that have worked to “naturalize” this condition within the West’s various socio-human formations.

The chapters in the collection engage primarily with knowledge formations and practices generated from within the discourse of “race,” but also doing so in relation to other intersectional socio-human discourses of Western modernity. They engage as well the critiques, challenges, and counter-formulations put forth by specific individuals, schools, movements, and/or institutions – historic and contemporary – of the Black world. Through these examinations, the contributors either implicitly point towards, or explicitly take part in, the formation of a new kind of critical – but also emancipatory – epistemology. What emerges is a novel and more comprehensive view of what it means to be human, a formulation that can aid in the unlocking and fashioning of species-oriented ways of “knowing” and “being” much-needed within the context of ending the continued overall global subjugation/condemnation of Black peoples, as a central part of ending the “global problematique” that confronts humankind as a whole.

Contributors: Jason R. Ambroise, William Paterson University, Sabine Broeck, University of Bremen, Holger Droessler, Harvard University, Demetrius L. Eudell, Wesleyan University, Jason E. Glenn, University of Texas Medical Branch, Lubaina Himid, University of Central Lancashire, Chernoh M. Sesay, Jr., DePaul University, Sylvia Wynter, Emeritus at Stanford University.

Author Information

Prof. Dr. Jason R. Ambroise teaches in the Department of History at William Paterson University. Prof. Dr. Sabine Broeck teaches American Studies, Gender Studies and Black Diaspora Studies at the University of Bremen. She is President of the international scholarly organization Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) and the author of 'White Amnesia – Black Memory? Women's Writing and History' (Peter Lang, 1999).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
1 Black Knowledges/Black Struggles: An Introduction11
2 “Come on Kid, Let’s Go Get the Thing”: The Sociogenic Principle and the Being of Being Black/Human31
3 Respectability and Representation: Black Freemasonry, Race, and Early Free Black Leadership54
4 Ethno-Class Man and the Inscription of “the Criminal”: On the Formation of Criminology in the USA78
5 Dehumanization, the Symbolic Gaze, and the Production of Biomedical Knowledge122
6 Performing Scientificity: Race, Science, and Politics in the USA and Germany after the Second World War155
7 Imaginary Black Topographies: What are Monuments For?180
8 The Ceremony Found: Towards the Autopoetic Turn/Overturn, its Autonomy of Human Agency and Extraterritoriality of (Self-)Cognition194