The Institute for International, Global and Regional Studies (IIGaRS), Department of History, and Department of Anthropology presents

“Remembering Democracy”
with Siba N. Grovogui, Professor of Political Science, John Hopkins University

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
12:30-2:00 p.m.
Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 3323

This seminar is set against the background of the use of (the story of) democracy as (a racialized) mode of differentiation in the international order. This mode of differentiation invariably implies uneven institutional development or capacities among contemporary political entities, which also justifies corresponding modes of intervention including in foreign policy. To be sure, ‘our’ collective disciplinary story of democracy comes in many forms and through multiple discursive formations but it invariably flows from the following logical sequences. To counter this story, Grovogui proposes a seminar on the vision and imaginaries of democracy enunciated in a particular strand of anticolonial and postcolonial thought in Africa. Grovogui's aim is to highlight the precepts, predicates, and norms underlying this anticolonial democratic project, which was constructed against a postwar liberal democratic project perceived to be predicated on imperial reason.

For further information, please contact Gloria Simpson, or 949-824-8687.

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