Howard Caygill – Philosophy and The Black Panthers


Event Date:  31 January 2013

Lecture Theatre E002, Granary Building,
Central Saint Martins,
London N1C 4AA

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) and the London Graduate School in collaboration with Art and Philosophy at Central Saint Martins present:

Professor Howard CaygillPhilosophy and The Black Panthers

Howard Caygill (CRMEP) will reflect on the role played by philosophy in forming and articulating the political tactics and strategies of the Black Panthers (originally, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense), the revolutionary African-Amercian organization formed in California in 1966. It will suggest that philosophy provided a position from which the Black Panthers developed a radical politics of race in the USA beyond the religious orientations of the Civil Rights movement and the Nation of Islam.  Focusing on the work of Huey Newton, the talk will emphasise the role played by Plato, Nietzsche and Speech Act Theory in the formulation of a politics of visibility and a performative concept of cultural and political intervention. It will also critically consider the reflections of the French writer Jean Genet on the Black Panthers practice of resistance.

Welcome by Professor Jeremy Till (Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Arts, London)


Announcement by Dr Stella Sandford (CRMEP).

Introduction by Christopher Kul-Want (CSM, University of the Arts London).








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