The CHR is delighted to announce the appointment of David Scott, Professor and Chair of the Anthropology department at Columbia University, and the founding editor of the leading journal of Caribbean criticism, Small Axe, as Extraordinary Professor in the CHR from 2019-2021.
During the period of his appointment, Professor Scott will be working with the Mellon-funded supranational project, Other Universals: Theorizing from Postcolonial Locations on Politics and Aesthetics.
Among the activities he will undertake, more specifically, is to present an annual paper and public lecture to either the colloqiuia or summer schools; engage with the work of postgraduate students appointed on fellowships in the Other Universals consortium across the different partner institutions involved; and conduct an annual reading programme master class for members of the Other Universals consortium.
David Scott’s work, especially since Refashioning Futures (1999) and Conscripts of Modernity (2004), has been concerned with the reconceptualization of the way we think the story of the colonial past for the postcolonial present. This has involved a variety of kinds of inquiry (taking the Caribbean as his principal “field” of engagement), into tradition and generations, dialogue and criticism, self-determination and sovereignty, tragedy and temporality, and transitional justice and liberalism. Scott’s most recent book, Stuart Hall’s Voice: Style, Dialogue, and the Ethos of Receptive Generosity is based on lectures he gave at the CHR in November-December 2013. He is currently working on a study of the question of reparations for the historical injustice of New World slavery.
Professor Scott was recently part of a panel discussion hosted by the CHR titled Marxism, Radical Traditions and the South: Reflections on ‘Stuart Hall’s Voice’ with Samer Frangie and Aaron Kamugisha.