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Talking History

E. P. Thompson, C. L. R. James, and the Afterlives of Internationalism

Utathya Chattopadhyaya

In 1983, H. O. Nazareth directed a film called Talking History, which brought together E. P. Thompson and C. L. R. James in conversation. The soundtrack was composed by Spartacus R, former bassist for the Black Rock band, Osibisa. Over the twenty years since the publication of The Making of the English Working Class in 1963, Thompson had confronted several questions around colonialism, law, and constitutionalism that had not found emphasis in The Making. Talking History marks a unique point in the trajectory of Thompson's engagement with some of those questions, while simultaneously revealing the limits of that engagement. In addition to being a useful window into the political worldview of James and Thompson in the early 1980s, the film is also demonstrative of the afterlives of internationalism in the twentieth century. This article argues that revisiting internationalism, as a practice of political activism and critical dialogue, with its possibilities and limits, allows us to carefully rethink some of our contemporary political and intellectual practices.

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On 20th Century Revolutionary Socialism, from Poland to Peru and beyond

Jean-Numa Ducange, Camila Vergara, Talat Ahmed, and Christian Høgsbjerg

established and documented from the writings of C. L. R. James and Frantz Fanon to the prose of writers Mulk Raj Anand and Faiz Ahmad Faiz. Perhaps less well known is the relationship of anti-colonial intellectuals in helping to shape and provide an agenda

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Decolonizing Cambridge University

A Participant Observer’s View

Keith Hart

masses to fight for it. The Pan-African movement was the largest and most inclusive organization for change in the first half of the twentieth century, with Black intellectuals like W. E. B. Du Bois, C. L. R. James and Frantz Fanon offering a vision of

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Canon Fire

Decolonizing the Curriculum

Andrew Sanchez

the 1970s and 1980s an engagement with the European canon of academic thought was not deemed antithetical to the generation of new and destabilizing ideas. In a similar vein, Jovan Scott Lewis (this volume) notes the paradox of C. L. R. James’ affinity

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Gamed by the System

Exploring Black Male Youths’ Motivation to Participate in Sports

Deborwah Faulk, Robert A. Bennett III, and James L. Moore III

, Race and At-Risk Urban Youth .” Journal Sport and Social Issues 25 : 339 – 371 . Hartmann , Douglas . 2003 . “ What Can We Learn from Sport if We Take Sport Seriously as a Racial Force? Lessons from C.L.R. James’s Beyond a Boundary .” Ethnic and

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Releasing a Tradition

Diasporic Epistemology and the Decolonized Curriculum

Jovan Scott Lewis

class bias. However, for the previous generation, colonial education remained the means by which respectable and therefore upwardly mobile Caribbean subjectivity was made. For thinkers of that generation like C. L. R. James, whose Marxist and radical

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Introduction

Marxian anthropology resurgent

Patrick Neveling and Luisa Steur

cultures, and transcolonial capital. In this he often referred to—and was directly inspired by—radical Caribbean scholars like Eric R. Williams (1942 , 1944 ) and C. L. R. James (1938) , who thereby influenced Marxian anthropology, despite anthropology