In 1993, Paul Gilroy
famously described the “Black Atlantic
” as a “counterculture of modernity,” using an “explicitly transnational and intercultural perspective” as opposed to a nationalist or ethnically absolutist approach to the history of the African diaspora. In the two decades since he wrote those words the scholarship on the Black Atlantic has been rich, wide-ranging, and deep.
In this workshop, a range of speakers, including Marcus Rediker
, Robin Blackburn
, Catherine Hall, Francoise Verges, and Tera Hunter
analyze and evaluate this work, assessing strengths and weaknesses and suggesting new areas for future investigation.
Verso Books is a proud Co-Sponsor of this year’s Historical Materialism New York Conference: “Resurgent Radicalisms in a Polarizing World.” The conference will be held April 21-23 at NYU and will bring together hundreds of radical scholars in conversation and debate on some of the most pressing questions posed today by social movements and Marxist theory. More information about the location and registration is available here.