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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 1–21.
Published: 01 November 2012
... Revolution, which was followed by Jean-Jacques Dessalines's establishment of an “empire” and the kingdom of Henry Christophe, show the profound antinomies of the discourse of universalism. Beginning with a reading of Haiti's founding documents in light of the political thought of Etienne Balibar and Hannah...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 84–94.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Natasha I. Shivji This essay explores the discourse produced in Walter Rodney’s How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (1972) as part of an intellectual genealogy at the University of Dar es Salaam and Rodney’s involvement in a political landscape that was global in nature. The author proposes...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 152–162.
Published: 01 November 2010
...David Scott This essay critically engages aspects of Susan Buck-Morss' much acclaimed Hegel, Haiti and Universal History . While appreciating Buck-Morss' scepticism of Europe's presumption of authoritative self-knowledge, the essay raises two principal doubts: the first concerns whether indeed...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 35–51.
Published: 01 November 2014
...David Scott This essay inquires into the uses of Haiti and its revolution as emblematic for contemporary theory. It raises a question about the new “philosophic” construction of Haiti—and its revolution—as an originary or exemplary moment of “human rights,” less to impugn universality as such than...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 100–108.
Published: 01 March 2015
... capacity that was his to incarnate different phases and options of critique resides in his institutional practice. This essay evokes this particular aspect of Hall's work in order to cast a decentered glance on the French university. Understanding the relation between critique and the university...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 99–114.
Published: 01 July 2018
...Ana-Maurine Lara Drawing on the strategies employed by LGBT activists in the Dominican Republic, this essay seeks to theorize how strategic universalisms are mobilized as a form of agentive sociopolitical action. Delineating how universalization has historically been a tool of Catholic coloniality...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): vii–x.
Published: 01 November 2016
..., notably; the future. Fernández Retamar's, I take it, is not a parochial gesture stemming from a narrow conception of the Caribbean in the world; rather, it is a poetic gesture in the direction of a kind of universality —the universality, I believe, embodied in the project, in the dream , of Casa de...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 17–34.
Published: 01 March 2019
... moves through Immanuel Kant’s Critique of the Power of Judgment to contend that aesthetic experience as such requires this kind of ecstatic movement. The sociality assembled by aesthetic judgment is an ecstatic, de-structured collectivity. Zong! ’s sensus communis is not an a priori universality...
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Published: 01 July 2017
Figure 2. “Washing Coconuts” (Trinidad, 1931). Courtesy of University of Toronto Archives More
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Published: 01 November 2017
Figure 15. The Police chasing University of the West Indies students who were demonstrating against the banning of Walter Rodney, October 1968. © 1968 The Gleaner Co. (Media) Ltd. More
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 1–15.
Published: 01 July 2021
... represented a threat to the established order as the birthplace of audacious ideas that “cause changes in the world.” 68 © Small Axe, Inc. 2021 international relations historiography universalism exceptionalism idea-shift As far as I am concerned, at 4:53:10 p.m. last year, when...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 163–172.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Sibylle Fischer Can we coherently conjugate high philosophy and slave insurgency under the heading of “universal history”? Is it possible to disentangle “universal history” from its roots in white supremacy and European imperial reason? Susan Buck-Morss' recent answer to that question, which...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 173–185.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Susan Buck-Morss Responding to commentaries on Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History by Sibylle Fischer and David Scott, this essay describes universal history as “theoretical pragmatics,” a practice of theorizing that undermines established narratives. Focusing on the singularity of historical...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 92–97.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Lowell Fiet Work on Sargasso as an independent journal of Caribbean literature, language, and culture began at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in 1983. After a successful, but not uncomplicated, launching of its first issue in 1984, the journal received support and contributions from important...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 166–181.
Published: 01 November 2013
... about otherness and difference constituted in relation to the universal unmarked category of the West. Second, that this relation between anthropology and alterity can be fully exposed only by tracing the historical emergence of the West through its imaginative and material relations with others...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 193–202.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Stephan Palmié This essay takes its departure from Michel-Rolph Trouillot's discussion of what he calls North Atlantic universalisms, that is, categories that took their origin in the particulars of the West's historical experience but have come to be extended and naturalized as quasi-normative...
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Published: 01 March 2019
Figure 1 Clara Morera, The Preboste Juan , 2017. Mixed media on canvas, 72 × 48 in. From the Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom exhibit; Little Haiti Cultural Center, New York University, and Duke University, 2017–18. Courtesy of the artist More
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Published: 01 July 2017
Figure 1. “March 19/31 Port of Spain, Trinidad. Traveller's Palm.” Courtesy of University of Toronto Archives More
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 50–70.
Published: 01 March 2013
... of the Edwardian era: the Brotherhood movement. From his exposure to the movement's ideology and his participation in its organizational successes, Garvey obtained the template of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, which he created on his return to Jamaica from England in mid-1914. The first attempt...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 199–210.
Published: 01 March 2017
... literary universe when composing their manifesto. Although their focus was on the anglophone Caribbean, CAM members showed an eagerness to get involved with other areas of the Caribbean as well. In 1967, for example, a number of them participated in the First Cultural Congress of Havana, described...