In this class participants will explore how racism makes the very assertion of human agency by Black people within the context of a western imperialist continuum inherently ‘problematic’ and constitutive of a ‘biopolitical danger’ to oppressive global power. From there the class explore how the insurgent philosophical contributions of radical Black intellectuals are indicative of a vital legacy of socio-historical rebellion and ontological upheaval for the continued cultivation and renewal of global emancipatory praxis in confrontation with Empire.
For this 12-week session intensive philosophical seminar, each student will be expected to fulfill the required reading assignments before each class and be prepared to write 1 to 3 paragraphs in critical response to each reading assignment for further discussion during each class.
1-What is Philosophy?
2-Modernity & the Western Imperialist Continuum
3-David Walker, the Divine & the Diaspora
4-Frederick Douglass & Existential Liberation
5-Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad & Fugitive ‘being’
6-W.E.B. DuBois, Double Consciousness & ‘problematic’ Subjectivity
7-Ida B. Wells, Lynching & the Normative Gaze of Established Power
8-Richard Wright & Existential Outlaw Subjectivity
9-Malcom X & Emancipatory Black Manhood
10-Jean-Paul Sartre & Existential Marxism
11-Frantz Fanon & Decolonization Phenomenology
12-Black Panther Party & Black Liberation Theory
A. Shahid Stover is an avant-garde African-American writer/philosopher/social critic & Editor-in-Chief of The BROTHERWISE DISPATCH (brotherwise.com). Stover’s first book, HIP HOP INTELLECTUAL RESISTANCE focuses on Hip Hop aesthetics as Black cultural resistance to racist dehumanization and western imperialist oppression.
First class Feb 6
Sliding scale: $95-$125
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers
Brecht Forum @ The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue