Anywhere But HereBlack Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond

Anywhere But HereBlack Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond

Kendahl Radcliffe, Jennifer Scott, and Anja Werner

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9781628461558

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Abstract

Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals, The Atlantic World and Beyond brings together new scholarship on the cross-cultural experiences of intellectuals of African descent since the 18th century. The intent of this book is not to dismantle Paul Gilroy’s thesis but to embrace it and venture “beyond” the traditional organization and symbolism of the “Black Atlantic.” This collection of essays is not organized geographically or historically by era; instead, contributions are arranged into three sections which highlight the motivations and characteristics that connect a certain set of “agents,” thinkers, and intellectuals: 1) Re-ordering Worldviews: Rebellious Thinkers, Poets, Writers, and Political Architects; 2) Crafting Connections: Strategic and Ideological Alliances; 3) Cultural Mastery in Foreign Spaces: Evolving Visions of Home and Identity. These essays are intentionally organized to expand categories and to suggest patterns at play that have united individuals and communities across the African Diaspora. They highlight the self-determined stories of individuals, who from their intercultural, and often marginalized, positioning, challenged the status quo, created strategic (and at times, unexpected) international alliances, cultivated expertise and cultural competency abroad in places that were unfamiliar to them, as well as, crafted physical and intellectual spaces for their self-expression and dignity to thrive. What, for example, connects the 18th century Igbo author, Olaudah Equiano with 1940s literary figure, Richard Wright; 19th century expatriate anthropologist, Antenor Fermin with 1960s Haitian émigrés to the Congo; Japanese Pan-Asianists and Southern Hemisphere Aboriginal activists with Jamaican-born, Marcus Garvey; or Angela Davis with artists of the British Black Arts Movement Ingrid Pollard and Zarina Bhimji? They are all part of a mapping that reaches across and beyond geographical, historical, and ideological boundaries typically associated with the “Black Atlantic.” They reflect accounts of individuals and communities that are equally united in their will to seek out better realities, often, as the title suggests, “anywhere but here.”

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Black Atlantic Revisited

Kendahl Radcliffe, Jennifer Scott, and Anja Werner

I. Reordering Worldviews: Rebellious Thinkers, Poets, Writers, and Political Architects

Writing Against the Grain

Douglas W. Leonard

Activist in Exile

Amy Caldwell de Farias

II. Crafting Connections: Strategic and Ideological Alliances

Garvey in Oz

John Maynard

III. Cultural Mastery in Foreign Spaces: Evolving Visions of Home and Identity

Abdias Nascimento

Kimberly Cleveland

Ruptures and Disrupters

Kimberli Gant

From Port-au-Prince to Kinshasa

Danielle Legros Georges

End Matter