Professor Lewis R. Gordon in Sheffield!

I’m excited to announce that Professor Lewis R. Gordon will be visiting Sheffield on 27th March 2019. I first came across his work a while ago when I was reading about black existentialist thought. I then made copious use of his monograph What Fanon Said when reading Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks with my third year phenomenologists last year. These days, when I read a philosophy book I enjoy, I write and tell the author (we don’t do enough of that – so much of philosophy is focused on picking holes in other people’s work) so I wrote and told him how much I’d enjoyed his book, which began an email conversation. I’ve been wanting to get him over for a while, and the plan has finally come to fruition!

He will be giving two talks.

‘Theodicy, Capitalism, and the Commodification of Knowledge’ 2 – 3.30pm Hicks LTB for university members (but anyone can come).

‘Seductive Racial Fallacies’ 5 – 5.45pm Quaker Meeting House (this will be part of a larger public event. More details of this event to follow shortly.)


Lewis R. Gordon is a philosopher and musician. He is Professor of Philosophy with affiliation in Jewish Studies, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, and International Studies at UCONN-Storrs; Honorary President of the Global Center for Advanced Studies; Honorary Professor at the Unit of the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa; and the 2018–2019 Boaventura de Sousa Santos Chair in the Faculty for Economics at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He also is the drummer for the band ThreeGenerations (3Gs) and a variety of jazz and blues bands in the New England area. His many books include Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism (Humanities Press, 1995), Her Majesty’s Other Children (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), Existentia Africana (Routledge, 2000), Disciplinary Decadence (Routledge, 2006), An Introduction to Africana Philosophy (Cambridge UP, 2008), Of Divine Warning (with Jane Anna Gordon, Routledge, 2009), and, more recently, What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought (NY: Fordham UP; London: Hurst; Johannesburg: Wits UP, 2015; in Swedish, Vad Fanon Sa, Stockholm: TankeKraft förlag, 2016), La sud prin nord-vest: Reflecţii existenţiale afrodiasporice, trans. Ovidiu Tichindeleanu (Cluj, Romania: IDEA Design & Print, 2016), and, with Fernanda Frizzo Bragato, Geopolitics and Decolonization: Perspectives from the Global South (London, UK: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018). He is about to publish a monograph Fear of Black Consciousness (Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the USA and Penguin Book in the UK) and a collection of his essays 论哲学、去殖民化与种族 (On Philosophy, Decolonization, and Race), trans. Li Beilei (Wuhan, China: Wuhan University Press). His recent articles include “Afro-Jewish Ethics?” in Explorations in Jewish Religious and Philosophical Ethics, edited by Curtis Hutt, Berel Dov Lerrner, and Julia Schwartzmann (Routledge, 2018), and “Juifs contre la Libération: Une critique afro-juive,” Tumultes (2018). He is chairperson of the International Collaborations for the Caribbean Philosophical Association, of which he was its first president. He edits the American Philosophical Association blog series Black Issues in Philosophy and co-edits the book series Global Critical Caribbean Thought. His public Facebook page is here and he is on twitter: @lewgord.

Do join us if you can!

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