Calling (on) Wynter: A Few Responses
With Demetrius Eudell, Jon Solomon, Che Gossett
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If it is currently easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism, Sylvia Wynter’s call for a “counter-cosmogony” provides a far-reaching proposition to break out of such closure. Wynter asks: how does an order have to be known in order for its reproduction to be interrupted? Significant systemic and social change must always entail an unsettling and redrafting of origin stories, and that is particularly true for the origin stories of the modern world.
Overturning the Active Creation of Chaos
Demetrius L. Eudell
Wynter Outside and the Defeat of the Left
Sylvia Wynter’s critique of the romantic horizon of colonial-imperial modernity and the importance she attaches to both social reproduction and anthropological figuration provide important clues about how the capital relation organizes the “outside.” These are crucial lessons for re-evaluating the failure of the Left to imagine an alternative world schema not based on the areal/aerial form of capitalist and colonial modernity.
Black Metamorphosis: Blackness and “Unsovereign” Indigeneity
Che Gossett (via video)
“Sylvia Wynter’s yet to be published manuscript Black Metamorphosis, held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, bears the subtitle New Natives in a New World. I build on my prior published and forthcoming work on blackness and indigeneity, as well as the work of Frank Wilderson and Fred Moten, to show how blackness radicalizes indigeneity. Thinking with Wynter, I explore the meta-morphology of blackness, especially in relation to indigeneity. Blackness unhouses indigeneity, provokes a reconsideration of its coordinates, re-routed not through the sovereign treaty, but rather, through the void of the slave ship’s abyss and the forced deportation of the Middle Passage.”
Conversation with Demetrius L. Eudell, Che Gossett and Jon Solomon, moderated by Denise Ryner and Zairong Xiang