Barrymore A. Bogues Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, Director of Slavery and Justice

Anthony Bogues (Ph.D., 1994, Political Theory, University of the West Indies, Mona)  is a  writer , scholar, curator, and the Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice; Professor of Africana Studies, Royce Professor of Teaching Excellence (2004-2007); and  Asa Messer Professsor of Humanities and Critical Theory. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the departments of Political Science and Modern Culture and Media ,  History of Art  and Architecture and  an affiliated faculty with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.Bogues's major research and writing interests are intellectual, literary and cultural history, radical political thought, political theory, critical theory, Caribbean and African politics as well as Haitian, Caribbean, and African Art. He is the author of Caliban's Freedom: The Early Political Thought of C.L.R. James (1997); Black Heretics and Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals (2003); and Empire of Liberty: Power, Freedom and Desire (2010).  He is the editor of From Revolution in the Tropics to Imagined Landscapes: the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié. ( 2014 )  as well as two volumes on Caribbean intellectual and literary history: After Man, Towards the Human: Critical Essays on Sylvia Wynter (2005) and The George Lamming Reader: The Aesthetics of Decolonisation (2011) Additionally he has curated shows in the United States and South Africa and has published numerous essays and articles on the history of criticism, critical theory, political thought, political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history as well as Haitian Art. Bogues is an associate director of the Center for Caribbean Thought, University of the West Indies, Mona; a member of the editorial collective for the journal boundary 2 and an honorary professor at the Center for African Studies, the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  He teaches courses on Africana political philosophy, cultural politics, intellectual history and contemporary critical theory and comparative literature of Africa and the African Diaspora as well as courses on the history of Haitian society and art.

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scholarly work

Empire of Liberty: Power, Desire and Freedom

The George Lamming Reader : The Aesthetics of Decolonization

After Man Towards The Human : Critical Essays on Sylvia Wynter

Black Heretics , Black Prophets : Radical Political Intellectuals

Caliban's Freedom : Early Political Thought of C.L.R. James

From Revolution in the Tropics to Imagined Landscapes: the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié

research overview

My main research interests are interdisciplinary as I focus on questions rather than any specific disciplinary field of study. My current projects are: 1. A book which seeks to think about the questions of human freedom historically and in our present . The book is called "And What about the Human? Wither Human Emancipation and Human Freedom."2. An edited Reader on Black Political Thought. 3 A series of projects on Haitian art.

research statement

Current research focuses on the following areas:

I am grappling with the following questions : The relationship between freedom and emancipation; the ways in which the questions of freedom are posed within the frame of the radical imagination ; and the writing of a history of freedom as a practice. I am also grappling with thinking about the ways in which historical writings are produced in contexts of racial and colonial power and what philosophies of history are produced. I have an abiding interest in how human beings become subjects and from an historical perspective how human beings were made into " natives " in the colonial world and how historic forms of power leaves traces in the contemporary world. I am also writing two intellectual biographies and working on a series of art projects on the history of Haitian art.

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