Dr. Aaron Kamugisha

 

Dr. Aaron Kamugisha
Title: Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies
Department: Cultural Studies
Discipline: Cultural Studies
Qualifications:
B.Sc. (UWI), M.Phil. (UWI), PhD (York), Postdoctoral Fellow (Northwestern)
Contact:
Teaching Areas: Cultural Studies

Undergraduate
CLTR2402 Caribbean Intellectual Traditions
CLTR2500 Introduction to Caribbean Cultural Studies
CLTR3100 Theorizing Caribbean Culture
CLTR3000 Race, Nationalism and Culture
CLTR3103 Black Popular Culture

Graduate
CLTR6000 Theory and Conceptualization of Culture
CLTR6010 Debates in Caribbean Cultural Identity
CLTR6100 Methods of Inquiry in Cultural Studies
CLTR6270 Under Western Eyes Revisited: Challenging Cultural Hegemony in Caribbean Gender Relations
CLTR6230 Caribbean Creative and Popular Culture

Political Science

Undergraduate
GOVT 2016 Caribbean Political Philosophy
GOVT 2014 Western Political Thought
GOVT 2015 Modern Political Thought
GOVT 3000 African Political Philosophy
 
Biography: Aaron Kamugisha is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. He did his PhD Social and Political Thought at York University in Toronto, and was the 2007/8 Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of African-American Studies at Northwestern University. His current work is a study of coloniality, cultural citizenship and freedom in the contemporary Anglophone Caribbean, mediated through the social and political thought of C.L.R. James and Sylvia Wynter. He is the editor of five edited collections on Caribbean thought: Caribbean Political Thought: The Colonial State to Caribbean Internationalisms (2013), Caribbean Political Thought: Theories of the Post-Colonial State (2013), (with Yanique Hume) Caribbean Cultural Thought: From Plantation to Diaspora (2013) and Caribbean Popular Culture: Power, Politics and Performance (2016), and with Jane Gordon, Lewis Gordon and Neil Roberts Journeys in Caribbean Thought: The Paget Henry Reader (2016).
 
In addition, he has edited special issues of three journals: with Alissa Trotz a special issue of Race & Class (October 2007) “Caribbean Trajectories: 200 Years On” to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the British abolishment of the slave trade, The C.L.R. James Journal special issue on Black Canadian Thought (Fall 2014), and Small Axe 49 (March 2016) on Sylvia Wynter’s Black Metamorphosis. His work has been published in journals such as Race & Class, Small Axe, The Philosophical Forum, Caribbean Quarterly, Proudflesh, The Journal of Caribbean History and the Journal of West Indian Literature. He is currently the Book Reviews Editor and a member of the editorial working committee for the journal Social and Economic Studies, a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of West Indian Literature, and a member of the editorial collective of the journal Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism.
 
Research:

Africana thought, Caribbean social, political and cultural thought, Caribbean cultural studies, black cultural studies, anti-colonial thought, the fiction of Austin Clarke, the neoliberal state.

Publications: Books/edited collections
 
Aaron Kamugisha, Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition (Indiana University Press, March 2019), published simultaneously by University of Witwatersrand Press, South Africa.
 
Vershawn Young and Michelle Robinson (General editors), Aaron Kamugisha et. al. eds., The Routledge Reader in African American Rhetoric: The Long Duree of Black Voices. (New York and London: Routledge, July 2018).

Editor with Yanique Hume, Caribbean Popular Culture: Power, Politics and Performance (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Press, April 2016)
 
Editor, with Jane Gordon, Lewis Gordon and Neil Roberts, Journeys in Caribbean Thought: The Paget Henry Reader (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, March 2016)
 
Editor of a special issue of Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 49 (March 2016) on Sylvia Wynter’s Black Metamorphosis: New Natives in a New World.
[http://smallaxe.net/49]
 
Editor with Peter Hudson of a special issue of The C.L.R. James Journal (Summer 2014) “Black Canadian Thought”
 
Editor, Caribbean Political Thought: The Colonial State to Caribbean Internationalisms (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Press, 2013).
 
Editor, Caribbean Political Thought: Theories of the Post-Colonial State (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Press, 2013).
 
Editor with Yanique Hume, Caribbean Cultural Thought: From Plantation to Diaspora (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Press, 2013).
 
Editor with Alissa Trotz of a special issue of the journal Race & Class (October 2007) “Caribbean Trajectories: 200 Years On.”
http://www.irr.org.uk/2007/october/ak000011.html

 
Articles/book chapters

(2018) with Yanique Hume, “Caribbean Thought and Its Critique of Subjugation.” In Vershawn Young, Michelle Robinson, Aaron Kamugisha, Yanique Hume et. al. eds., The Routledge Reader in African American Rhetoric: The Long Duree of Black Voices. (New York and London: Routledge), 540-542.

(2016e) and Yanique Hume, “Caribbean Popular Culture: Power, Politics and Performance: An Introduction,” in Caribbean Popular Culture: Power, Politics and Performance edited by Aaron Kamugisha and Yanique Hume (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Press, October 2015), xiii-xxvi
 
(2016d) with Jane Gordon, Lewis Gordon and Neil Roberts, “Interview with Paget Henry,” in Journeys in Caribbean Thought: The Paget Henry Reader (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, March 2016), 311-330
 
(2016c) with Jane Gordon, Lewis Gordon and Neil Roberts, “Introduction,” to Journeys in Caribbean Thought: The Paget Henry Reader (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, March 2016), 1-8
 
 (2016b) “The Black Experience of New World Coloniality,” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 49 (March 2016): 129-144
 
(2016a) “‘That Area of Experience that we term the New World’: Introducing Sylvia Wynter’s Black Metamorphosis,” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 49 (March 2016): 37-46
 
(2015) “Rihanna and Bajan Respectability.” In Rihanna: Barbados World-Gurl in Global Popular Culture, edited by Hilary Beckles and Heather Russell (Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2015), 159-180
 
(2014b) “C.L.R. James’s The Black Jacobins and the Making of the Modern Atlantic World.” In 10 Books That Shaped the British Empire: Creating an Imperial Commons, edited by Antoinette Burton and Isabel Hofmeyr (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014), 190-215
 
(2014a) and Peter Hudson, “On Black Canadian Thought” Introduction to a special issue of The C.L.R. James Journal Vol. 20 (Summer 2014): 1-18
 
 (2013d) “On the Idea of a Caribbean Cultural Studies,” Small Axe 41 Special issue on Caribbean Studies (July 2013): 43-57
 
(2013c) and Yanique Hume, “Caribbean Cultural Thought in Pursuit of Freedom.” Introduction to Caribbean Cultural Thought: From Plantation to Diaspora (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Press, 2013), xiii-xxiv
 
(2013b) “Post-Colonial Failure?” Introduction to Caribbean Political Thought: Theories of the Post-Colonial State (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Press, 2013), xi-xv
 
(2013a) “The Responsibilities of Caribbean Intellectuals.” Introduction to Caribbean Political Thought: The Colonial State to Caribbean Internationalisms (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Press, 2013), xi-xvi
 
(2012) “Austin Clarke’s Barbadian boyhood: Coming of Age in Amongst Thistles and Thorns, Growing Up Stupid Under the Union Jack, and Proud Empires,” Journal of West Indian Literature 21 1&2 Special issue on Masculinities (November 2012/April 2013): 42-59
 
(2011d) “The Life and Death of a Nation: The Mood on Immigration in Barbados,” Caribbean Quarterly 57, 2 (June 2011): 118-122
 
(2011c) “The Survivors of the Crossing and the Impossibility of Late Colonial Revolt.” Introduction to the re-publication of Austin Clarke’s Survivors of the Crossing (Leeds, UK: Peepal Tree Press): 1-16
 
(2011b) “The Hearts of Men? Gender in the Late C.L.R. James,” Small Axe 34 (March 2011): 76-94
 
(2011a) “C.L.R. James: Twentieth Century Literary Journeys,” in The Routledge Reader in Anglophone Caribbean Literature edited by Michael Bucknor and Alison Donnell (New York and London: Routledge)
 
(2010) “Austin Clarke’s Barbadian Coloniality: Language, Humour and Violence in a Caribbean colony.” Introduction to the republication of Austin Clarke’s Amongst Thistles and Thorns (Leeds, UK: Peepal Tree Press): 7-21.
 
(2007c) “The Coloniality of Citizenship in the Contemporary Anglophone Caribbean,” Race & Class 49, 2 (2007): 20-40
 
(2007b) (with Alissa Trotz) “Editorial: Caribbean Trajectories: 200 Years On,” Race & Class 49, 2 (2007): i-iv
 
(2007a) “Orientalism, Western Republicanism and the Ancient polis: Patricia Springborg’s Western Republicanism and the Oriental Prince and the Canon of Political Thought,” The Philosophical Forum 38, 2 (2007): 173-98
 
(2006) “Reading Edward Said and Sylvia Wynter on Liberation and the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition.” In After Man, Towards the Human: Critical Essays on Sylvia Wynter edited by Anthony Bogues (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Press): 131-56
 
(2003b) “Finally in Africa? Egypt, from Diop to Celenko,” Race & Class 45, 1: 31-60
 
(2003a) “Abducting Black Bodies: The Little B’s of North America and the Caribbean,” Proudflesh Issue 2.
 
(2001) “The Early Peoples of Pre-Columbian America – Ivan van Sertima and his Critics,” Journal of Caribbean History 35, 2: 234-252
 
Book Reviews
 
(2011) “Review of Maria Cristina Fumagalli Caribbean Perspectives on Modernity: Returning Medusa’s Gaze.” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Vol. 36 No. 71: 288-90
 
(2011) “Culture Matters: A review of Andrew Smith’s C.L.R. James and the Study of Culture.” Caribbean Review of Books (March 2011) [http://caribbeanreviewofbooks.com/crb-archive/26-march-2011/culture-matters/]
 
(2006) “The Consumption of Paradise: A review of Mimi Sheller’s Consuming the Caribbean and Ian Strachan’s Paradise and Plantation.” Proudflesh Issue 4
 
Art Reviews

“The Work of Art in an Age of Neocolonial Production. Review of the instillation art show “Attack of the Sandwich Men” by Chris Cozier. January 16-February 21, 2004, ASpace Gallery, Toronto, Canada. Published on the Small Axe website [http://storage.smallaxe.net/wordpress/category/aaron-kamugisha/]
 
Interviews (online)

Roberto Sirvent, “BAR Book Forum: An Interview with Aaron Kamugisha on Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition.” [https://blackagendareport.com/bar-book-forum-aaron-kamugishas-beyond-coloniality], 26 June 2019.

Media Writing

“The Life and Death of a Nation.” Stabroeck News (Guyana), 23 August 2010. [http://www.stabroeknews.com/2010/features/08/23/in-the-diasporathe-life-and-death-of-a-nation/]

“Caribbean men’s relationship to Caribbean feminist practice, or the hearts of men.” Stabroeck News (Guyana), 26, June 2009. UNIFEM media series on gender in the Caribbean.
[http://www.stabroeknews.com/2009/features/06/23/caribbean-men%E2%80%99s-relationship-to-caribbean-feminist-practice-or-the-hearts-of-men/#comments]

“Homophobia and the Caribbean State.” Stabroeck News (Guyana), 14, July 2008 [http://www.stabroeknews.com/features/in-the-diaspora-28/]
 
 
Additional Information:
Book Series
I am a co-editor of the peer-reviewed book series Race and Resistance Across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century published by Peter Lang [https://www.peterlang.com/view/serial/RRAB]
 
The following volumes of this series have now been published:
  • Dominic Davies, Erica Lombard and Benjamin Mountford eds., Fighting Words: Fifteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World (Peter Lang, 2017, 2nd edition 2019)
  • Dominic Davies, Imperial Infrastructure and Spatial Resistance in Colonial Literature, 1880-1930 (Peter Lang, 2017)
  • Claudia Gualtieri, Migration and the Contemporary Mediterranean: Shifting Cultures in Twenty-first Century Italy and Beyond (Peter Lang, 2018)
  • Rachel Knighton, Writing the Prison in African Literature (Peter Lang, 2019)



 

 



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