[Blackstudies-l] Call for Submissions: “Anténor Firmin, Western Intellectual Tradition, and Black Atlantic Thought and Culture”

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ivetteromero posted: " Here is a call for submissions for a collection of
critical essays—Reconstructing the Social Sciences and Humanities: Anténor
Firmin, Western Intellectual Tradition, and Black Atlantic Thought and
Culture (edited by Celucien Joseph and Paul Camy Mocombe"
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“Anténor Firmin, Western Intellectual Tradition, and Black Atlantic Thought
and Culture”
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*[image: Firmin-antenor]*

*Here is a call for submissions for a collection of critical
essays—Reconstructing the Social Sciences and Humanities: Anténor Firmin,
Western Intellectual Tradition, and Black Atlantic Thought and Culture
(edited by Celucien Joseph
<https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012377566229&fref=gs&dti=718817598161005&hc_location=group>
and Paul Camy Mocombe
<https://www.facebook.com/pmocombe?fref=gs&dti=718817598161005&hc_location=group>).
This volume offers a reexamination of the work of Haitian anthropologist,
journalist, and politician Joseph Auguste Anténor Firmin—better known as
Anténor Firmin—and its significance for contemporary research. It explores
various dimensions of Firmin’s role as theorist, anthropologist, cultural
critic, public intellectual, diplomat, political scientist, pan-Africanist,
and humanist.*

*Description*: Joseph Anténor Firmin (1850-1911) was the reigning public
intellectual and political critic in Haiti in the nineteenth-century.
Firmin was the first “Black anthropologist” and “Black Egyptologist” to
deconstruct Western interpretation of global history and challenge the
ideological construction of human nature and theories of knowledge in
Western social sciences and the humanities—through his interdisciplinary
tour-de-force *De l’égalité des races humaines (anthropologie positive)*
(1885), translated in the English language as *The Equality of the Human
Races: Positivist Anthropology* (2002) by Asselin Charles. In this seminal
monograph, Firmin interrogated the conventional boundaries of research
methods in the social sciences and humanities in the eighteenth-century and
nineteenth-century, respectively—although the social sciences came to be
recognized as distinct disciplines of thought until the nineteenth-century.
His research was influenced by the philosophy of positivism, grounded in
the ideas of the French philosopher Auguste Comte (1798–1857), to critique
the traditional approaches to and the contemporary theories of human
origin, civilization, history, culture, and research representation. As the
18th-century Scottish empiricist David Hume, Firmin was correspondingly
concerned about the “relations of ideas” in the scientific inquiry and the
underlying fundamental notions and objectives of various fields or
disciplines of knowledge of that era. His political theory about the
constitution of the nation-states and the formation of modern societies
were equally driven by the political and sociological methods and theories
of that period; yet, Firmin was discontent about the ideological impulses
and epistemological presuppositions of these cultural-political phenomena
and dynamics.

Through his other intellectual, political, and diplomatic writings and
commentaries—such as *Haïti au point de vue politique, administratif et
économique : conférence faite au Grand cercle de Paris* (1891), *Haïti et
la France* (1891), *Une défense* (1892), *Diplomate et diplomatie : lettre
ouverte à M. Solon Ménos* (1899), *M. Roosevelt, président des États-Unis
et la République d’Haïti* (1905), *Lettres de Saint Thomas. Études
sociologiques, historiques et littéraires* (1910), and *L’effort dans le
mal* (1911) — Firmin’s intellectual motif was animated by a spirit of
dispassionate and rational inquiry. He articulated an alternative way to
study global historical trajectories, the political life, human societies
and interactions, and the diplomatic relations and dynamics between the
nations and the races. The sociological dimension of Firmin’s thought not
only reassesses the history of the social thought of his period, but
stresses the complex factors and forces that contributed to the (economic)
development of human societies and cultures, and the concept of advanced
and less-advanced civilizations in the modern world. For example, Firmin’s
revisionist history makes a clarion call to acknowledge the “Black Genesis”
of human origin and the manifold contribution of pre-colonial Africa to
universal civilization and human flourishing, in both ancient history and
modern history. The Firminian turn in social sciences and the humanities,
and in anthropology in particular was a discursive discourse that
questioned the ideological premises of theories of knowledge and the myth
of a “superior race,” and the logic of Western interpretation of global
history and the historical narrative about ancient African history and
culture.

This Call for Papers is an attempt to meditate intellectually on the
intellectual life, writings, and the legacy of Joseph Anténor Firmin. This
project not only presents Firmin as a deconstructionist of the social
sciences and humanities and theories of knowledge articulated in Western
history of ideas and social thought of his era; it also accentuates his
manifold contribution to these distinct fields of thought. [. . .]

If you would like to contribute a book chapter to this important volume,
along with your CV, please submit a 300-word abstract by Wednesday, June
27, 2018, to Dr. Celucien Joseph at celucienjoseph at gmail.com, and Dr. Paul
Mocombe at pmocombe at mocombeian.com.

Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance on Wednesday, July 25,
2018. The first chapter draft is due Wednesday, November 28, 2018. The 17th
edition of the Chicago Manual of Style is required. We are looking for
original and unpublished essays for this book. Translations of Firmin’s
writings in the English language are also welcome. [. . .]

For more information, see post by Celucien Joseph
<https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012377566229&fref=gs&dti=718817598161005&hc_location=group>
at https://www.facebook.com/groups/haitithenandnow/?multi_
permalinks=1672892656086823&notif_id=1520023436867872&
notif_t=group_activity&ref=notif


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