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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami


A+RC Public Talk with Anthony Bogues: “There is a Philosophy of History which resides in the arts of the Imagination”

Art + Research
Thu, May 4, 2023

This lecture will explore the contours of this “philosophy of history” which emerges through the cultural practices of Caribbean art. The lecture will posit that Caribbean arts are involved in a continuous dialogue between the history and the present. Following Glissant, Caribbean culture is an oral and visual language with structures of thought and practices which rework some of the conventional western thought and practices of history. It will explore the significance of the concept of the marvelous as an “aesthetic regime” embedded  within Caribbean life and the various debates around it.

About Anthony Bogues

Anthony Bogues (Ph.D., 1994, Political Theory, University of the West Indies, Mona) is a writer, scholar, curator, and the Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice; Professor of Africana Studies, Royce Professor of Teaching Excellence (2004-2007); and currently the Asa Messer Professsor of Humanities and Critical Theory. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the departments of Political Science, Modern Culture and Media. History of Art and Architecture and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Bogues’s major research and writing interests are intellectual, literary and cultural history, radical political thought, political theory, critical theory, Caribbean and African politics as well as Haitian, Caribbean, and African Art. He is the author of Caliban’s Freedom: The Early Political Thought of C.L.R. James (1997); Black Heretics and Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals (2003); and Empire of Liberty: Power, Freedom and Desire (2010). He is the editor of From Revolution in the Tropics to Imagined Landscapes: the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié. ( 2014 ); Metamorphosis: The Art of Edoaurd Duval -Carrie (2017) as well as two volumes on Caribbean intellectual and literary history: After Man, Towards the Human: Critical Essays on Sylvia Wynter(2005) and The George Lamming Reader: The Aesthetics of Decolonisation (2011) He is the co-editor of a special issue of the Italian journal Filosofia Politica ( 2017 ) on Black political thought and the co-convener of the international project, “Towards a Global History of Political Thought.” Additionally, he has curated and co-curated shows in the United States, South Africa, and the Caribbean and published numerous essays and articles on the history of criticism, critical theory, political thought, political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history as well as Haitian Art. Bogues is a member of the editorial collective for the journal boundary 2 and was an honorary professor at the Center for African Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.( 2006-2017), and now a Visiting Professor and Curator at the University of Johannesburg. He is a member of the scientific committee of Le Centre d’Art in Haiti. He teaches courses on Africana political philosophy, cultural politics, intellectual history, and contemporary critical theory, and comparative literature of Africa and the African Diaspora as well as courses on the history of Haitian society and art.