Academic Essays

The Soles of Black Folk: Blackness and the Lived Experience of Relation by Jonathan Howard

“In consideration of this after-life especially, we will consider how the experience of passage, and the black experience to which it gave rise, point us towards a more just way of thinking the human not in terms of isolation, but in terms of relation and the imperative to loose ourselves (that is, to shed the Western project of the self while […]

The Myth of Haitian Liberation: Hegel and the Iconographies of Blackness in French Revolutionary Visual Culture

Abstract: An undeniable paradox existed in eighteenth-century France between the escalating discourse of freedom and the continued practice of slavery in its Caribbean colonies. Even in the years after the French Revolution, in which the Enlightenment ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity had become axiomatic, there remained a glaring lack of reconciliation between these principles […]


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