What does it mean to think of the Black male – to pull the meaning of his existence away from his body to be used by thought? Despite the language of intersectionality, anti-essentialism and the emphasis on progressivism and pluralisation, theory has failed to properly conceptualise Black men and boys.
Using history, sociology and a range of social science findings, Dr Tommy J. Curry reflectively engages the epistemic violence that undergirds Black men’s racialisation and disposability at the hands of the United States.
Tommy J. Curry currently holds the Chair of Africana Philosophy and Black Male Studies at the University of Edinburgh. His latest book, The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood, was published in 2017 by Temple University Press.
Discussant: Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Professor of International History and Head of the International History Department, Graduate Institute, Geneva
Moderator: Benjamin Gaillard, International History Master Candidate and member of the Graduate Institute Sudent Association (GISA) Critical Theory Reading Group.
This Lecture is organised by the Graduate Institute Sudent Association (GISA) Critical Theory Reading Group and the International History Department with the support of the Yves Oltramare Chair “Religion and Politics in the Contemporary World”.
The mission of the Yves Oltramare Chair “Religion and Politics in the Contemporary World” is to bring a major scientific contribution to the analysis of the impact of the relationships between religion and politics on the evolution of societies and the international system.
Image: Mary Lovelace O'Neal - "Racism is like Rain. Either it is raining or it's gathering somewhere", oil painting, 1993, Mott-Warsh Collection, Flint, Michigan.