Haiti and the Universal
In this class we will discuss the implications of placing the history of Haiti, notably the Haitian Revolution, at the center of global history and the global history of political thought. We will read works of History, Anthropology, and Critical Theory, including C.L.R. James, Michel Rolph Trouillot and Susan Buck-Morss. We will also explore alternative sites and archives of political thought, including performance, the religious practice of Vodou, gender and family as well as land use and markets. Though centered on Haiti, the discussions will open out more broadly on how to think about the history of thought and politics in the Afro-Atlantic world, as well as how to transcend the hegemony of the written in our understandings of intellectual history.