Arguing that racial slavery was a foundation of the modern world and of capitalism, this essay details the historical ways in which the organization of debt and credit networks were integral to the Atlantic slave trade. The author contends that the enslaved body of the African was itself commodified and, as such, opened new technologies of rule. Contemporary forms of commodification, indebtedness, and saturation, the essay concludes, draw from some of the ways in which the enslaved black body was ruled.
How Much Is Your African Slave Worth?
anthony bogues is the Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory and the inaugural director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University. He is also a visiting professor and curator at the University of Johannesburg. The author/editor of nine books in the fields of intellectual history, political theory, and art, he has curated exhibitions in the U.S., the Caribbean, and South Africa. He is currently working on a book titled “Black Critique” and editing with Bedour Alagraa a volume on Sylvia Wynter’s work. He is the co-convener of two major exhibition projects, one titled Slavery, Colonialism, and the Making of the Modern World, with the National African American Museum of History and Culture; and the other an African and African diasporic contemporary art project/platform on Black lives today, titled The Imagined New.
Anthony Bogues; How Much Is Your African Slave Worth?. differences 1 December 2020; 31 (3): 156–168. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-8744567
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