David Scott's Media Page

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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 


You can also read David Scott's editorial writings via the section on Small Axes below, or on the website of SMALL AXE.

"Stuart Hall's Ethics," Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto, 23 November 2020
Nicholson Distinguished Scholar Lecture, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 27 February, 2020
Transcolonial Fanon Conference
A Sense of Displacement: Stuart Hall's Art of Living," Gates Lecture. Courtesy of Yale University, 28 April, 2018
“Irreparable Evil: Slavery in Moral History,” Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, 30 October 2018
"Black Futurities Past and Present" Colonial Repercussions, Akademie der Kunste, 23 June 2018
“The Archaeology of Ourselves,” The Sea is History symposium, Haus der Kunst, Munich, 20 October 2017.
The Jamaican 1970s: A Symposium. Roundtable conversation, September 29, 2017
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Stuart Hall Interview: Professor David Scott, Columbia University

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“Why Identity is Not a Journey of the Mind”

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Contemporary Conjunctures: Moral and Philosophical Grounds of Apology and Repair - David Scott

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Stuart Hall interviews David Scott, Bomb Magazine

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Wesleyan University, In Theory Book Discussion, 4 March 2015

David Scott, Stuart Hall's Voice

Stuart Hall's Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity

Book cover; David Scott, Refashioning Futures

Refashioning Futures: Criticism After Postcoloniality

Book cover, David Scott, Omens of Adversity

Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice

Book Cover: Conscripts of Modernity

Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment

Book cover: David Scott, Powers of the Secular Modern

Powers of the Secular Modern: Talal Asad and his Interlocutors (co-edited with Charles Hirschkind)

Book cover: David Scott: Formations of Ritual

Formations of Ritual: Colonial and Anthropological Discourses on the Sinhala Yaktovil

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“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 Axesx 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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