Carnegie Mellon University

"Concerning Any Violence Necessary"

Michael Sawyer
Associate Professor of African American Literature & Culture
University of Pittsburgh, Department of English

Lecture: February 22, 2024 – 5:00 pm, Steinberg Auditorium (BH A53)

This talk will place Walter Benjamin, Frantz Fanon and Malcolm X in conversation in order to derive a theory of violence that takes into account the realities of state-based violence and the complexity of defense, self or otherwise, for aggrieved subjects.

Professor Sawyer’s work offers a multi-disciplinary approach to studying the revolutionary potential of Black People and developing theories and philosophies of Sovereign Black Being. He has published two monographs, An Africana Philosophy of Temporality: Homo Liminalis (Palgrave: 2018) and Black Minded: The Political Philosophy of Malcolm X (Pluto: 2020).

Seminar: Introduction to The Door of No Return: Being-As-Black

Seminar: February 23, 2024 –12:00pm-1:15pm, BH 254Q

"The Door of No Return: Being-As-Black" PDF

Lunch will be provided. Registration required.

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