EDITED: Saucier and Woods on Maroonage,  Antiblackness, and Black Studies

P. Khalil Saucier and Tryon P. Woods, eds. On Marroonage: Ethical Confrontations with Antiblackness. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, Inc., 2015.

via Africa World Press:



“On Marronage: Ethical Confrontations with Antiblackness is a collective intervention into the discursive formation of black studies at the outset of the twenty-first century, the essays in this volume forward a specific confrontation with the existing epistemological violence of the academy and its institutionalization of the study of black people and of racial, sexual, and gender difference more broadly. Ours is a time of unprecedented black dispossession and criminalization globally, a moment in which contemporary multicultural, post-colonial, and “post-racial” discourse asserts a perverse inversion of racial hierarchy is corrupting the social and democratic cohesion, further muting and transmogrifying the historical struggles for black self-determination into the cellblocks and prison yards of an uninhabitable social incarceration. We view this situation as proceeding from a signal desire to quarantine the ethical demands of blackness. The present volume is a response to this state of affairs across the African Diaspora, an ethico-political engagement with the antiblack world—with, namely, the specific context of black bodily subjection that underwrites the production of knowledge about humanity and the social. It offers a new roadmap for negotiating the relationship between dominant conceptual frameworks and black suffering and liberation practice. In doing so, it sidesteps what too often is a recapitulation of ideas and orientations within Black Studies that effect the myopic closures that have dominated black thought during the past couple decades, and as a consequence, hindered our view of the world, the violent underside and all-sides, the beast and its belly.


“On Marronage is both timely and timeless for the set of questions that black struggle has posed, insatiably, across the generations of black radical praxis since the dawn of African enslavement. As the Westernized and post-colonial global scene continually seeks to contain black liberation, this volume represents and references intellectual and ethical marronage from the world-shaping contours of antiblackness. In this vein, On Marronage presents itself in the tradition of freedom seekers everywhere and every place.”

Table of Contents —

Acknowledgments — What is the danger in black studies and can we look at it again (and again)? / P. Khalil Saucier and Tryon P. Woods — Afrarealism and the black matrix : maroon philosophy at democracy’s border / Joy James — Venus in two acts / Saidiya Hartman — The body politics of “man” and “woman” in an “anti-black” world : sylvia wynter on humanism’s empire (a critical resource guide) / Greg Thomas — Saving mr. jefferson: slavery and denial at monticello / Kimberly Juanita Brown — Scenes / Christina Sharpe — Against hip hop studies / P. Khalil Saucier & Tryon P. Woods — Precarity as capture : a conceptual deconstruction of the worker-slave analogy / Franco Barchiesi — The vengeance of vertigo : aphasia and abjection in the political trials of black insurgents / Frank B. Wilderson, III — A re-appraisal of black radicalism and human rights doctrine / Tryon P. Woods — Proprieties of coalition : blacks, asians, and the politics of policing / Jared Sexton —

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