Speaker: Abdul R. JanMohamed, Professor, English Department, University of California, Berkeley.
Topic: Toward a Political Economy of Death OR The Threat/Fear of Death as the Fundamental Mode of Coercion
Date: Wednesday 30 September 2015
Time: 3:00 – 4:30
Venue: Humanities Seminar Room
Born and raised in Kenya and educated in the US (Univ. of Hawaii, BA; Brandeis Univ., PhD), Abdul JanMohamed has taught in the English Department at UC, Berkeley since 1983. His publications include Manichean Aesthetics: The Politics of Literature in Colonial Africa; The Nature and Context of Minority Discourse (co-edited with David Lloyd); The Death-Bound-Subject: Richard Wright's Archaeology Of Death; Reconsidering Social Identification: Race, Gender, Class, and Caste (edited with Prafulla Kar) and many articles. He was the founding editor (along with Donna Przybylowicz) of Cultural Critique, a journal initially designed to provide a venue for the theorization of postcolonial and American minority literary and cultural discourses and for contemporary cultural theory. In 2014 Professor JanMohamed was the recipient of the Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association.
He is currently working on a book, provisionally entitled, Thick Love: The Reproduction of Life and Death in Neo-Slave Narratives, about Black feminist neo-slave and Jim Crow narratives that focus on the “birthing” of the “death-bound-subject.”