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Presentation: Angela Y. Davis: Abolitionism, Democracy, Freedom

Neil Roberts (Williams College) will be presenting on "Angela Y. Davis: Abolitionism, Democracy, Freedom." June 22, 4 pm


Presentation Angela Y. Davis: Abolitionism, Democracy, Freedom
June 22, 2021, 4 pm
Humboldt-University Berlin
Please register by sending an email to: shk.theorie.politik@hu-berlin.de

Neil Roberts profile photo 2019On June 22, Neil Roberts (Williams College) will be presenting on "Angela Y. Davis: Abolitionism, Democracy, Freedom." His talk will be based on his recent chapter in Melvin L. Rogers and Jack Turner, eds., African American Political Thought, University of Chicago Press 2021.
 
"To write about Angela Davis is to wrestle with the paradox of a figure known more for a particular aesthetic and period of incarceration than for the overall content of her formidable intellectual work." In this talk, Prof. Roberts will trace the  trajectory of Angela Davis's thought, discussing the influence of movements like the Black Panther Party and theorists like Herbert Marcuse. The body of Davis's work will be placed in a dialogue with Frederick Douglass and read as a "fugitive theory and practice." Three concepts will guide this reading – abolitionism, democracy, and freedom –, locating Davis at the crossroads of Black struggles and traditions of critical theory.
 
Neil Roberts is chair and professor of Africana Studies and faculty affiliate in Political Science and Religion at Williams College. He is, among many other distinctions, the author of the award-winning Freedom as Marronage (2015), a member of the editorial board of Political Theory, and the former President of the Caribbean Philosophy Association (until 2019). Most recently, Prof. Roberts has published a A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass (The University Press of Kentucky, 2018) and he is currently working on a book project entitled How to Live Free in an Age of Pessimism.
 
Dr. Vanessa Eileen Thompson (Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder) will be a first respondent and open the conversation.