Lewis Gordon – “Kinds of Invisibility in Euromodernity”
Lewis Gordon is professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut; honorary president of the Global Center for Advanced Studies; European Union Visiting Chair in Philosophy at Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France; and honorary professor in the Unit of the Humanities at Rhodes University, South Africa. His books include Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism (Humanities International Press, 1995), Fanon and the Crisis of European Man (Routledge, 1995), Existence in Black (Routledge, 1996), Fanon: A Critical Reader (Wiley-Blackwell, 1996), Her Majesty’s Other Children (Rowman and Littlefield, 1997), Existentia Africana (Routledge, 2000), A Companion to African-American Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006),Not Only the Master’s Tools (Routledge, 2006), Disciplinary Decadence (Routledge, 2007), An Introduction to Africana Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Of Divine Warning (Routledge, 2009), La teoría política en la encrucijada descolonial (Del Signo ediciones, 2009), What Fanon Said (Fordham University Press and Hurst Publishers, 2015), La sud prin nord-vest: Reflecţii existenţiale afrodiasporice (Cluj, Romania: IDEA, 2016), Geopolitics and Decolonization: Perspectives from the Global South (London, UK: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018), and the forthcoming Fear of a Black Consciousness (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). He edits the American Philosophical Association blog series Black Issues in Philosophy and co-edits the book series Global Critical Caribbean Thought.
This talk offers a reading of “modern” that challenges the tendency to equate it with “European.” This tendency leads to several kinds of invisibility, in which Gordon will focus, through phenomenological description and interrogation, on four: (1) racial, (2) indigeneity, (3) gendered, and (4) epistemic.