Thinking with Sylvia Wynter: "What does it mean to be a Human Being?” A Reading Series
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About Sylvia Wynter:
Jamaican philosopher Sylvia Wynter is one of the most exciting and brilliant thinkers of the 20th and 21st century. A profoundly transdisciplinary scholar, Wynter pulls from a truly impressive array of theory, literature, science, anthropology, philosophy, and religious studies. Her writings also span an array of different mediums including essays, plays, a novel, and frequent contributions to Jamaican newspapers. By interrogating the ways in which we have been
conditioned to understand ourselves in a world where “Man,” her term for the West’s fundamentally racist version of being human, has dominated the global order, Wynter aims at nothing less than a complete reimagining of what it means to be human. This four session series/reading group will introduce the thought of Wynter by reading together two key essays and applying them to our own experiences and formations both at the global and local level.
More about David:
David Kline holds a Ph.D. from Rice University in Houston, TX and is a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he teaches courses in American religion. He is the author of Racism and the Weakness of Christian Identity: Religious Autoimmunity (Routledge, 2020) and co-author of Embodiment and Black Religion: Rethinking the Body in African American Religious Experience (Equinox Press, 2017). His current work focuses on the writings of Sylvia Wynter and the category of religion.