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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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What Social Identities Can Tell Us about Violence in Social Movements, and Vice Versa

A Social-Psychological Response to “Violence, Social Movements, and Black Freedom Struggles: Ten Theses Toward a Research Agenda for Scholars of Contention Today”

Andrew G. Livingstone

Haitian revolution as described by C. L. R. James—although as I address below, the example of anticolonial resistance poses other challenges for a social psychology of violence in collective action. 3. Social identities conducive to violence arise

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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

century, with Black intellectuals like W. E. B. Du Bois, C. L. R. James and Frantz Fanon offering a vision of the world that negated racial empire. M. K. Gandhi developed the most original global vision for the anti-colonial movement. If we wish to rethink

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Canon Fire

Decolonizing the Curriculum

Andrew Sanchez

paradox of C. L. R. James’ affinity for colonial forms of education, and his enduring love of British literature and poetry. The current ‘decolonizing the curriculum’ movement might therefore seem to be at odds with the tenor of earlier post

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Violence, Social Movements, and Black Freedom Struggles

Ten Theses toward a Research Agenda for Scholars of Contention Today

AK Thompson

freedom struggles developed along two different but interrelated lines. Along the first, they embraced direct, violent, and bifurcated contention. The history of the Haitian Revolution as recounted by C. L. R. James (1989) makes plain that, under

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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

.1177/0193723501254002 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 Race Studies 26 : 451 – 483 . 10.1080/0141987032000067282 Hartmann , Douglas . 2012

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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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Geoffrey Aung

. Owners of the map: Motorcycle taxi drivers, mobility, and politics in Bangkok . Oakland, CA: University of California Press. “But the chief thing about Melville's crew is that they work,” C. L. R James (1953: 29 ) wrote in the early 1950s, reflecting

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Sipping Whiskey in Memphis

A Conversation Between Robert Bernasconi and Jonathan Judaken on Racism and Existentialism

Robert Bernasconi and Jonathan Judaken

the opening pages of Wretched of the Earth , takes up from Sartre implicitly, with his reference to Aristotle's law of contradiction, a critique of the limits of analytic reason. There are a number of Black intellectuals, foremost among them perhaps C.L.R