Sylvia Wynter

Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human As Praxis
TitleSylvia Wynter: On Being Human As Praxis
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsWynter, Sylvia, and Katherine McKittrick
Number of Pages304
PublisherDuke University Press
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN or ASIN Number0822358344
KeywordsBlack Liberation, Cultural Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender, methodology, Women's Studies
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The Jamaican writer and cultural theorist Sylvia Wynter is best known for her diverse writings that pull together insights from theories in history, literature, science, and black studies, to explore race, the legacy of colonialism, and representations of humanness. Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis is a critical genealogy of Wynter’s work, highlighting her insights on how race, location, and time together inform what it means to be human. The contributors explore Wynter’s stunning reconceptualization of the human in relation to concepts of blackness, modernity, urban space, the Caribbean, science studies, migratory politics, and the interconnectedness of creative and theoretical resistances. The collection includes an extensive conversation between Sylvia Wynter and Katherine McKittrick that delineates Wynter’s engagement with writers such as Frantz Fanon, W. E. B. DuBois, and Aimé Césaire, among others; the interview also reveals the ever-extending range and power of Wynter’s intellectual project,  and elucidates her attempts to rehistoricize humanness as praxis.