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David Scott

Michael Manley’s Styles of Radical Will

Monday, May 16, 2016, 5:00pm

Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, Wilder House

Please join the Political Theory Workshop and Prof. David Scott who will present his reading of of the problem-space of political will in Michael Manley’s first book, The Politics of Change (1974). He seeks to clarify the conceptual connections through which Manley sought identify the political conundrums of the aftermaths of colonial rule, and map a path toward their resolution.

Scott’s research interests center upon reconceptualizations of the story of the colonial past for the postcolonial present. Working principally in the Caribbean, he pursues a variety of kinds of inquiry into tradition and generations, dialogue and criticism, self-determination and sovereignty, tragedy and temporality, and transitional justice and liberalism.  He has recently completed a book called Stuart Hall’s Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity and is currently working on a biography of Stuart Hall.  He is also working on a study of the question of reparations for the historical injustice of New World slavery and is the editor of Small Axe, and director of the Small Axe Project, which is involved in a number of initiatives around visual, translation, literary, and historiographical issues.

Emma MacKinnon will provide commentary.

This event is presented by the Political Theory Workshop and co-sponsored by the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory.