Research Talks Series: Emancipation and the Politics of Identity

October 18, 2019 at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location:1811 Dunton Tower

Emancipation and the Politics of Identity with Dr. Firoze Manji, Institute of African Studies

Photograph of Dr. Firoze Manji Institute of African Studies

Dr. Firoze Manji, Institute of African Studies

Abstract

I consider the politics of identity in relation to the concept of “African”. I trace the origin of the term used by Europe as a shorthand for the non-human or lesser-being to its emergence as an identity intimately linked to a struggle for human emancipation. I will discuss the consequences of delinking that identity from emancipatory struggles during the post-independence and neoliberal era which have resulted in the descent into ethnicism.