This panel investigates new approaches to social and political processes of knowledge production and the formation of cultures of resistance. The Ethiopian student movement of the 1970s and radical Caribbean intellectuals of the colonial and postcolonial period figure as key sites of analysis. The panel intends to develop historical materialist methods in relation to these sites of knowledge production and political-cultural resistance to capitalism and colonialism.
Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition
This paper examines concepts of freedom and citizenship in the Caribbean intellectual tradition. C. L. R. James and Sylvia Wynter figure prominently in the analysis.
Ethiopia in Theory: Revolution and Knowledge Production 1964-2016
This paper examines the left-wing Ethiopian student movement of the 1960s and 1970s as a site of critical knowledge production. It raises significant questions about the ways in which historical materialism can interrogate social processes through which revolutionary knowledge is produced.
Comments on the papers by Aaron Kamugisha and Elleni Zeleke
This paper will raise a series of discussion questions related to Knowledge Production and Cultures of Resistance: Historical Materialism and Critical Research, based on the papers by Aaron Kamugisha and Elleni Zeleke.