CARIBBEAN, INTELLECTUAL HISTORY, POSTCOLONIALITY AND AFTER, SMALL AXE
Stuart Hall′s Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity • Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice • Stuart Hall′s Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity • Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment • Powers of the Secular Modern: Talal Asad and his Interlocutors (co-editor) • Refashioning Futures: Criticism after Postcoloniality • Formations of Ritual: Colonial and Anthropological Discourses on the Sinhala Yaktovil
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THE SMALL AXE PROJECT
“If you are a big tree, we are a small axe.” So goes a Jamaican proverb, famously popularized by Bob Marley. It is a proverb with wide Caribbean resonance: a “small axe” is a subaltern agency of criticism. The inspiring ethos that informs this idea is that relatively marginal voices of creativity and dissent can have disproportionate critical effects at least insofar as they remain responsive and attuned to the changing contexts of our Caribbean life in the global world. We aim to embody this ethos. Thus the aim of the Small Axe Project is to participate both in the renewal of practices of intellectual and cultural criticism in the Caribbean and in the expansion and revision of the scope and horizons of such criticism. We acknowledge of course a tradition of criticism in and about the regional and diasporic Caribbean. We want to honor that tradition but also to argue with it, because in our view it is in and through such arguments that a tradition renews itself. The Small Axe Project consists of three platforms: Small Axe, sx salon, and sx visualities. Each is distinct in the objects they focus on or the media they deploy; but they are all effectively the overlapping idioms of one interconnected and reflexive project whose overall collective objective is to participate in stimulating, expanding, and deepening the critical conversation about the mentalities and sensibilities and practices that constitute our Caribbean intellectual and cultural traditions.
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