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Book presentation and conversation via YouTube-Livestream.

 

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Rinaldo Walcott: "The Long Emancipation: Moving Toward Black Freedom"

YouTube-Livestream: https://youtu.be/AE6JXx--wH0

 

In The Long Emancipation Rinaldo Walcott posits that Black people globally live in the time of emancipation and that emancipation is definitely not freedom. Taking examples from across the globe, he argues that wherever Black people have been emancipated from slavery and colonization, a potential freedom has been thwarted.

 

Walcott names this condition the long emancipation—the ongoing interdiction of potential Black freedom and the continuation of the juridical and legislative status of Black nonbeing. Stating that Black people have yet to experience freedom, Walcott shows that being Black in the world is to exist in the time of emancipation in which Black people must constantly fashion alternate conceptions of freedom and reality through expressive culture.

 

Given that Black unfreedom lies at the center of the making of the modern world, the attainment of freedom for Black people, Walcott contends, will transform the human experience worldwide. With The Long Emancipation, Walcott offers a new humanism that begins by acknowledging that present conceptions of what it means to be human do not currently include Black people.

 

 

Rinaldo Walcott is the Director of Women and Gender Studies Institute and an Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education both at University of Toronto. His research is in the area of Black Diaspora Cultural Studies, gender and sexuality. His teaching and research is in the area of black diaspora cultural studies and postcolonial studies with an emphasis on questions of sexuality, gender, nation, citizenship and multiculturalism.

 

Rinaldo is the author of Black Like Who: Writing Black Canada (Insomniac Press, 1997 with a second revised edition in 2003), he is also the editor of Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism (Insomniac, 2000). As well, Rinaldo is the Co-editor with Roy Moodley of Counselling Across and Beyond Cultures: Exploring the Work of Clemment Vontress in Clinical Practice (University of Toronto Press, 2010.

 

As an interdisciplinary black studies scholar, Rinaldo has published in a wide range of venues. His articles have appeared in journals and books, as well as popular venues like newspapers and magazines. He often comments on black cultural life for radio and TV. Rinaldo received his PhD from OISE at the University of Toronto in 1996 and holds numerous awards and distinctions.

 

Moderation: Kerstin Schmidt (BAA/KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)

 

Please note: The event will be streamed live on YouTube. You have the opportunity to pose questions to the author via live chat or by sending an email to event@amerikahaus.de.

Organizer: Bavarian American Academy

 

(Photo: Rinaldo Walcott © Abdi Osman)

 

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