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Zeyad El Nabolsy

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Email: znabolsy@yorku.ca

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I specialize in the history of Africana philosophy with a focus on modern African philosophy. I have previously published on Amílcar Cabral’s philosophy of culture, methodological debates about racism and ideology in the historiography of philosophy, classical German philosophy (especially Kant and Hegel), Paulin Hountondji’s philosophy of science, modern African political and social philosophy (with a focus on African Marxism), and ancient Egyptian philosophy.

I am currently working on a comparative intellectual history of nineteenth African philosophy with a focus on James Africanus Beale Horton (in West Africa) and Rifa'a al-Tahtawi (in Egypt), in addition to a manuscript on Paulin Hountondji.

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Research Interests

, Africana philosophy, Classical German philosophy, Marxist approaches to the history, philosophy of science, Arabic philosophy
Book Chapters

Publication
Year

"Lenin in East Africa: Abdul Rahman Mohammed Babu and Dani Wadada Nabudere." In The Future of Lenin: Power, Politics, and Revolution in the 21st Century, edited by Alla Ivanchikova and Robert Maclean, 2022. Albany, NY: SUNY Press

2022

“Paulin J. Hountondji on Philosophy, Science, and Technology: From Husserl and Althusser to a Synthesis of the Hessen- Grossmann Thesis and Dependency Theory.” In Africana Studies: Theoretical Futures, edited by Grant Farred, 2022. Philadelphia: Temple University Press

2022

“African Socialism in Retrospect: Karim Hirji's The Travails of a Tanzanian Teacher.” In Liberated Texts, Collected Reviews: Volume One, edited by Louis Allday and Mahmoud Najib, 2022. Oxford: Ebb Books

2022

“Al-Tatwarat al-Nazariya lel-Marxiya fe Sharq-Ifriqiya Khelal al-Sab'ainat.” In Al-Pan-Africanism: Bayn al-Sera' al-Tabaqi we al-Indwa' al-'arqi (Nash'at we Tatawour al-afkar al-Ijtima'yia we al-Thaqafiya lada al-Afriquah qabl we 'athna' al-istiqlal) [Pan-Africanism: Between Class Struggle and Racialism (The Origins and Evolution of African Social and Cultural Thought before and during the Struggle for Independence)], edited by Kribso Diallo, 255-281. 2021 Cairo: Mo'asasat 'Arwqa lel-Derasat we al-Targama we al-Neshr. [In Arabic].

2021

(Co-Authored with Afifa Ltifi). “Tarikh Ifriqiya we Ta'weil Amílcar Cabral lel Nazariya al Madiyah al-Tarikhyiah.” In Al-Pan-Africanism: Bayn al-Sera' al-Tabaqi we al-Indwa' al-'arqi (Nash'at we Tatawour al-afkar al-Ijtima'yia we al-Thaqafiya lada al-Afriquah qabl we 'athna' al-istiqlal) [Pan-Africanism: Between Class Struggle and Racialism (The Origins and Evolution of African Social and Cultural Thought before and during the Struggle for Independence)], edited by Kribso Diallo, 283-304. 2021. Cairo: Mo'asasat 'Arwqa lel-Derasat we al-Targama we al-Neshr

2021

“The Military, the Developmental State and the 2013 Coup in Egypt.” In Democratization and Military Coups in Africa: Post-1990s Political Conflicts, edited by George Klay Kieh Jr. and Kelechi Kalu, 2021. Lexington: New York.

2021

“Listening.” In Keywords in Radical Philosophy and Education: Common Concepts for Contemporary Movements, edited by Derek R. Ford, 2019. Leiden/Boston: Brill.

2019

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

“Fundamentalism and Secularization by Mourad Wahba. Translated by Robert Beshara.” Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, July 16, 2022

2022

“African Socialism in Retrospect: Karim Hirji's The Travails of a Tanzanian Teacher.” Liberated Texts, March 23 2021.
[Republished in Review of African Political Economy October 19th, 2021]

2021

“‘Expertise’ as Systematized Historical Amnesia: Springborg's Egypt as a Case Study.” Houston Review of Books, August 31, 2021

2021

“Is the World of the Elites Really Flat? The View from Egypt: Critical Remarks on Sandra Halperin's Re-Envisioning Global Development.” Jadaliyya, March 3, 2020

2020

“Hegel in the Arab World: Modernity, Colonialism, and Freedom by Lorella Ventura.” Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, December 31, 2019

2019

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“No Decolonization without Women's Liberation: Women's Liberation in the PAIGC’s Theoretical Discourse.” Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research 9, no.1(2023): 141 – 155.

2023

“The African Novel and the Question of Communalism in African Philosophy.” Safundi (2023) (Roundtable on Jeanne-Marie Jackson’s The African Novel of Ideas: Philosophy and Individualism in the Age of Global Writing)

2023

“On the Differences between the Classical and the ‘Western’ Marxist Conceptions of Science.” Marxism & Sciences 1(1), Winter 2022, 193-217

2022

“Lotus and the Self-Representation of Afro-Asian Writers as the Vanguard of Modernity.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 2021, Vol. 23, No. 4, 596-620

2021

“Nasserism and the Impossibility of Innocence.” International Politics Reviews (Symposium on Sara Salem's Anticolonial Afterlives in Egypt: The Politics of Hegemony), 2021, Vol. 9, 61-69

2021

“Amílcar Cabral’s Modernist Philosophy of Culture and Cultural Liberation.” Journal of African Cultural Studies 2020, Vol. 32, No.2, 231-250

2020

“Freedom Giving Birth to Order: Philosophical Reflections on Peirce's Evolutionary Cosmology and its Contemporary Resurrections.” Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 2020, Vol.16, No.1, 1-23

2020

"Using the Concepts of Hermeneutical Injustice and Ideology to Explain the Stability of Ancient Egypt during the Middle Kingdom.” Journal of Historical Sociology 2020, Vol. 33, No. 3, 345-370.

2020

“Hegel's Proto-Modernist Conception of Philosophy as Science.” Problemata: Revista Internacional de Filosofia 2020, Vol.11, No.4: 81-107

2020

“Aristotle on Natural Slavery: An Analysis Using the Marxist Concept of Ideology.” Science & Society April 2019, Vol. 83, No. 2: 244–267

2019

“Why Did Kant Conclude the Critique of Pure Reason with ‘the History of Pure Reason’?” Kant Studies Online -KSO (2016):78-104

2017

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

“Baconianism as an Anti-Racist Philosophy of Science in the Mid-Nineteenth Century”. 17th International Congress on Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science and Technology. (July 24th - 29th, 2023), Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2023

“From Historical Materialism to a (New) Clash of Civilizations: A Critique of Cedric Robinson’s Black Marxism.” Seminar on “Reading Marx Globally”, organized by Alwin Franke, American Comparative Literature Association (March 16th – 19th, 2023), Chicago.

2023

“Rethinking Modern African Intellectual History in Nasserist Egypt.” Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) (May 29th – June 1st, 2023). York University.

2023

“What is to be Done About the ‘Decline Narrative’ in the Historiography of
Science in the Islamic World?” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) (May 27th – 29th, 2023), York University.

2023

(With Emir Yigit), “Reconciling Hegel with the Dialectic: On Islam and the Fate of Muslims in Hegel’s Philosophy of History.” presentation for Workshop for a Special Issue of the Hegel Bulletin, entitled “Racism and Colonialism in Hegel’s Philosophy”, edited by Daniel James and Franz Knappik (April 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 9th 2022) [held online].

2022

(with Emir Yigit) “Reconciling Hegel with the Dialectic: On Islam and the Fate of Muslims in Hegel’s Philosophy of History.” Institute for German Cultural Studies, Cornell University (February 25th,, 2022).

2022

Roundtable Discussion (with Lisa Tilley, Bikrum Gill, Naeem Inayatullah, and Quỳnh N. Phạm), “Structural Political Economy: The Weight of Structures in the Enduringly Colonial Present” (Part II), International Studies Association, Nashville (March 28th, 2022). [Held Online].

2022

“The Role of History and Philosophy of Science in Anglophone African Philosophy of Culture”. For the ERC funded project “Philosophy and Genre: Creating a Textual Basis for African Philosophy”, led by Alena Rettová, Universität Bayreuth (February 3rd, 2022) [Held Online due to COVID-19]

2022

“Human Nature and Comparative Anatomy in James Africanus Beale Horton.” Vanderbilt Modern Philosophy Seminar Series (May 4th, 2022), Philosophy Department, Vanderbilt University [held online].

2022

“Modern Science or Colonial Science in 19th Century West Africa? Africanus Horton as a Case Study.” International History Research Seminar (October 12th, 2022), History Department, London School of Economics [held online].

2022

“No Decolonization Without Women’s Liberation: Women’s Liberation in the PAIGC’s Theoretical Discourse.” Kohl Anticolonial Feminisms Virtual Workshop (organized by Alina Sajed and Sara Salem) (February 4th, 2022).

2022

“Rifa'a al-Tahtawi beyond 'Area Studies': Rifa'a al-Tahtawi, Africanus Horton, and Conceptions of Science in Contemporary African Philosophy.” Forum Insaniyyat Tunis 2022 (September 20th – 24th, 2022), Manouba University, Tunis.

2022

“Science in African Philosophy of Culture.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) (May 16-19th, 2022), University of Alberta [held online].

2022

“The Role of History and Philosophy of Science in Modern African Philosophy of Culture.” The International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS) Biennial Meeting (June 20th -23rd, 2022), UC Irvine

2022

“Helmi Sharawy's Critique of Racial and Colonial Paradigms in Egyptian African Studies.” Racial Formations in the Middle East and Africa, Workshop Organized by The Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) and The Project on African Social Research (PASR), George Washington University, (February 25th -February 26th, 2021) [Held Online due to COVID-19]

2021

“Olaudah Equiano's Narrative and the Power of Internal Critique in the Context of Enlightenment Philosophical Discourse(s).” The Travelling Early Modern Philosophy Organization (TEMPO), (June 18th – June 19th, 2021). [Held Online due to COVID-19]

2021

“Palestine and Modern African Political Philosophy.” Society for Anti-Colonial Middle Eastern and North African Thought, 59th Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (September 23rd – September 26th, 2021). [Held online due to COVID-19]

2021

“Paulin J. Hountondji on Science, Capitalism, and Imperialism: An African Philosopher's Quest for a Sociology of Scientific Knowledge in the Peripheries.” Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) (May 29th –June 2nd, 2021) [Held Online due to COVID-19].

2021

“The Limits of the Concept of 'the Master's Tools': Olaudah Equiano's Narrative as a Case Study.” Beyond Eurocentrism in Intellectual History, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, London (September 2nd – September 4th, 2021). [Held online due to COVID-19].

2021

“Paulin J. Hountondji and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge in the Peripheries.” Science Studies Reading Group, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca (December 14th, 2020) [Held Online due to COVID-19].

2020

“An Intellectual History of the Philosophical Foundations of Women’s Liberation in the PAIGC’s Discourse.” 14th Greater New York Area African History Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca (Oct 23rd, 2020). [Held Online due to COVID-19]

2020

“The Philosopher of Emptiness and the God-Intoxicated Man: Nāgārjuna in Dialogue with Spinoza.” 2020 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA), Philadelphia (Jan 8th - Jan 11th, 2020).

2020

“Analyzing Participatory Action Research as a Quest for Hermeneutic Justice.” 2019 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA), New York (Jan 7th-10th,2019).

2019

“Helmi Sharawy: An Egyptian Perspective on Modern African Intellectual History.” Africa in the Middle East/The Middle East in Africa Workshop, New York (November 18th - November 19th, 2019).

2019

“Lenin and East-African Marxism.” CSAAD-ASWAD Medial Meeting, “Black Internationalism and New York City”, New York (May 2nd – 3rd,2019)

2019

“Theoretical Advances in East-African Marxism in the 1970s.” Revolutionary Lefts in Sub-Saharan Africa (1960s and 1970s): A Political and Social History to be Written, Dakar, Senegal (October 30th - November 1st, 2019).

2019

“Hegel and the Historiographic Consequences of Thinking that Systematicity is a Necessary Condition for a Body of Thought to be Considered Philosophy.” 32nd International Hegel Congress, Tampere, Finland (June 5-8th,2018).

2018

“Amílcar Cabral’s Interpretation of Historical Materialism.” Fifteenth Annual Historical Materialism Conference, SOAS, London (November 8-11th,2018)

2018

“Hegel’s Proto-Modernist Conception of Philosophy as a Science: A Critique of Alan Richardson’s Account of the Rise of Scientific Philosophy.” The International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science Biennial Meeting (HOPOS), Groningen, the Netherlands (July 9-12th,2018)

2018

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

“Systematicity in Hegel's History of Philosophy.” Hegel-Jahrbuch 2019, No.1:538-544

2019

Policy Papers

Publication
Year

“Our Technology.” The New International Economic Order (NIEO) Collection. Project by Progressive International, July 4th, 2023

2023

“Helmi Sharawy’s Critique of Racial and Colonial Paradigms in Egyptian African Studies,” Racial Formations in Africa and the Middle East: A Transregional Approach, POMEPS Studies September 2021, Vol. 44, 67-73

2021

Public Lectures

Publication
Year

Interviewed by Lev Moscow on my work on Paulin Hountondji for his podcast “A Correction”, January 8th 2023

2023

Interviewed alongside Pierre Philippe Fraiture and Grant Farred by John Drabinski on the edited volume Africana Studies: Theoretical Futures for the podcast Conversations in Atlantic Theory (February 6th, 2022)

2022

Interviewed by Mostafa Minawi on my work on African Intellectual History, part of a series of interviews done by The Critical Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Studies Initiative, Cornell University (February 23rd, 2022):

2022

“Wahba on Secularization and Relativism” Book Panel on Robert Beshara’s translation of Mourad Wahba’s Fundamentalism and Secularization, Santa Fe Public Library, February 11th, 2022 [Online]

2022

Interviewed on the question, "Do Africans need Karl Marx?" by William Shoki and Sean Jacobs on the platform, "Africa is a Country" (May 4th, 2021)

Republished on the Monthly Review’s website: https://mronline.org/2021/06/05/did-marx-ignore-race-in-his-critique-of-political-economy/

2021

Interviewed, alongside Ochieng’-Odhiambo, on African Philosophy of Culture for Oxford University’s African(a) and South Asian Philosophies Podcast (November 19th, 2021)

2021

Interviewed on Amílcar Cabral's significance as a philosopher by Devyn Springer on his podcast, “Groundings” (affiliated with the Walter Rodney Foundation) (September 22nd 2019)

2019

Published Reviews

Publication
Year

Adam Mayer, "No Imperialist Peoples, Only Imperialist States", Review of African Political Economy (January 13, 2023). [Review of "Liberated Texts: Collected Reviews, Volume One"].

2023

Mohammed al-Hamamsi, "Al-Pan Africanism: Fikr Nidali min ajel tahrir Ifriquiah." Al-Arab (January 28, 2022) [Review of "Al-Pan-Africanism: Bayn al-Sera' al-Tabaqi we al-Indwa' al-'arqi (Nash'at we Tatawour al-afkar al-Ijtima'yia we al-Thaqafiya lada al-Afriquah qabl we 'athna' al-istiqlal"]

2022

Other

Publication
Year

“Amilcar Cabral: Falastin fe al-falsafa al-siyasiah al-ifriquiah.”, Al-Akhbar, March 11th, 2023 (Translated by Moussa al-Sadah)

2023

“On Paulin J. Hountondji and The Notion of “Influence” in Modern African Intellectual History: An Interview with Carmen De Schryver (Part I).” Borderlines, January 9th, 2023

2023

(with Alexia AlKadi-Barbaro) “COP27 and Imperialism: Weaving a Crown of Thorns for the Global South,” Ebb Magazine, November 29th 2022

2022

“Did Dependency Theorists Really Ignore Culture?”, Africa is a Country, July 11th, 2022

2022

“Amílcar Cabral, Historical Materialism, and the ‘Peoples without History’.” for the Scottish Centre for Global History (University of Dundee), September 20th 2021

2021


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2024 AP/PHIL3180 3.0 M Conversations with African Philosophy LECT
Fall/Winter 2023 AP/MODR1730 6.0 C Reasoning About Social Issues LECT


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I specialize in the history of Africana philosophy with a focus on modern African philosophy. I have previously published on Amílcar Cabral’s philosophy of culture, methodological debates about racism and ideology in the historiography of philosophy, classical German philosophy (especially Kant and Hegel), Paulin Hountondji’s philosophy of science, modern African political and social philosophy (with a focus on African Marxism), and ancient Egyptian philosophy.

I am currently working on a comparative intellectual history of nineteenth African philosophy with a focus on James Africanus Beale Horton (in West Africa) and Rifa'a al-Tahtawi (in Egypt), in addition to a manuscript on Paulin Hountondji.

Research Interests

, Africana philosophy, Classical German philosophy, Marxist approaches to the history, philosophy of science, Arabic philosophy

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

"Lenin in East Africa: Abdul Rahman Mohammed Babu and Dani Wadada Nabudere." In The Future of Lenin: Power, Politics, and Revolution in the 21st Century, edited by Alla Ivanchikova and Robert Maclean, 2022. Albany, NY: SUNY Press

2022

“Paulin J. Hountondji on Philosophy, Science, and Technology: From Husserl and Althusser to a Synthesis of the Hessen- Grossmann Thesis and Dependency Theory.” In Africana Studies: Theoretical Futures, edited by Grant Farred, 2022. Philadelphia: Temple University Press

2022

“African Socialism in Retrospect: Karim Hirji's The Travails of a Tanzanian Teacher.” In Liberated Texts, Collected Reviews: Volume One, edited by Louis Allday and Mahmoud Najib, 2022. Oxford: Ebb Books

2022

“Al-Tatwarat al-Nazariya lel-Marxiya fe Sharq-Ifriqiya Khelal al-Sab'ainat.” In Al-Pan-Africanism: Bayn al-Sera' al-Tabaqi we al-Indwa' al-'arqi (Nash'at we Tatawour al-afkar al-Ijtima'yia we al-Thaqafiya lada al-Afriquah qabl we 'athna' al-istiqlal) [Pan-Africanism: Between Class Struggle and Racialism (The Origins and Evolution of African Social and Cultural Thought before and during the Struggle for Independence)], edited by Kribso Diallo, 255-281. 2021 Cairo: Mo'asasat 'Arwqa lel-Derasat we al-Targama we al-Neshr. [In Arabic].

2021

(Co-Authored with Afifa Ltifi). “Tarikh Ifriqiya we Ta'weil Amílcar Cabral lel Nazariya al Madiyah al-Tarikhyiah.” In Al-Pan-Africanism: Bayn al-Sera' al-Tabaqi we al-Indwa' al-'arqi (Nash'at we Tatawour al-afkar al-Ijtima'yia we al-Thaqafiya lada al-Afriquah qabl we 'athna' al-istiqlal) [Pan-Africanism: Between Class Struggle and Racialism (The Origins and Evolution of African Social and Cultural Thought before and during the Struggle for Independence)], edited by Kribso Diallo, 283-304. 2021. Cairo: Mo'asasat 'Arwqa lel-Derasat we al-Targama we al-Neshr

2021

“The Military, the Developmental State and the 2013 Coup in Egypt.” In Democratization and Military Coups in Africa: Post-1990s Political Conflicts, edited by George Klay Kieh Jr. and Kelechi Kalu, 2021. Lexington: New York.

2021

“Listening.” In Keywords in Radical Philosophy and Education: Common Concepts for Contemporary Movements, edited by Derek R. Ford, 2019. Leiden/Boston: Brill.

2019

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

“Fundamentalism and Secularization by Mourad Wahba. Translated by Robert Beshara.” Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, July 16, 2022

2022

“African Socialism in Retrospect: Karim Hirji's The Travails of a Tanzanian Teacher.” Liberated Texts, March 23 2021.
[Republished in Review of African Political Economy October 19th, 2021]

2021

“‘Expertise’ as Systematized Historical Amnesia: Springborg's Egypt as a Case Study.” Houston Review of Books, August 31, 2021

2021

“Is the World of the Elites Really Flat? The View from Egypt: Critical Remarks on Sandra Halperin's Re-Envisioning Global Development.” Jadaliyya, March 3, 2020

2020

“Hegel in the Arab World: Modernity, Colonialism, and Freedom by Lorella Ventura.” Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, December 31, 2019

2019

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“No Decolonization without Women's Liberation: Women's Liberation in the PAIGC’s Theoretical Discourse.” Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research 9, no.1(2023): 141 – 155.

2023

“The African Novel and the Question of Communalism in African Philosophy.” Safundi (2023) (Roundtable on Jeanne-Marie Jackson’s The African Novel of Ideas: Philosophy and Individualism in the Age of Global Writing)

2023

“On the Differences between the Classical and the ‘Western’ Marxist Conceptions of Science.” Marxism & Sciences 1(1), Winter 2022, 193-217

2022

“Lotus and the Self-Representation of Afro-Asian Writers as the Vanguard of Modernity.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 2021, Vol. 23, No. 4, 596-620

2021

“Nasserism and the Impossibility of Innocence.” International Politics Reviews (Symposium on Sara Salem's Anticolonial Afterlives in Egypt: The Politics of Hegemony), 2021, Vol. 9, 61-69

2021

“Amílcar Cabral’s Modernist Philosophy of Culture and Cultural Liberation.” Journal of African Cultural Studies 2020, Vol. 32, No.2, 231-250

2020

“Freedom Giving Birth to Order: Philosophical Reflections on Peirce's Evolutionary Cosmology and its Contemporary Resurrections.” Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 2020, Vol.16, No.1, 1-23

2020

"Using the Concepts of Hermeneutical Injustice and Ideology to Explain the Stability of Ancient Egypt during the Middle Kingdom.” Journal of Historical Sociology 2020, Vol. 33, No. 3, 345-370.

2020

“Hegel's Proto-Modernist Conception of Philosophy as Science.” Problemata: Revista Internacional de Filosofia 2020, Vol.11, No.4: 81-107

2020

“Aristotle on Natural Slavery: An Analysis Using the Marxist Concept of Ideology.” Science & Society April 2019, Vol. 83, No. 2: 244–267

2019

“Why Did Kant Conclude the Critique of Pure Reason with ‘the History of Pure Reason’?” Kant Studies Online -KSO (2016):78-104

2017

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

“Baconianism as an Anti-Racist Philosophy of Science in the Mid-Nineteenth Century”. 17th International Congress on Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science and Technology. (July 24th - 29th, 2023), Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2023

“From Historical Materialism to a (New) Clash of Civilizations: A Critique of Cedric Robinson’s Black Marxism.” Seminar on “Reading Marx Globally”, organized by Alwin Franke, American Comparative Literature Association (March 16th – 19th, 2023), Chicago.

2023

“Rethinking Modern African Intellectual History in Nasserist Egypt.” Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) (May 29th – June 1st, 2023). York University.

2023

“What is to be Done About the ‘Decline Narrative’ in the Historiography of
Science in the Islamic World?” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) (May 27th – 29th, 2023), York University.

2023

(With Emir Yigit), “Reconciling Hegel with the Dialectic: On Islam and the Fate of Muslims in Hegel’s Philosophy of History.” presentation for Workshop for a Special Issue of the Hegel Bulletin, entitled “Racism and Colonialism in Hegel’s Philosophy”, edited by Daniel James and Franz Knappik (April 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 9th 2022) [held online].

2022

(with Emir Yigit) “Reconciling Hegel with the Dialectic: On Islam and the Fate of Muslims in Hegel’s Philosophy of History.” Institute for German Cultural Studies, Cornell University (February 25th,, 2022).

2022

Roundtable Discussion (with Lisa Tilley, Bikrum Gill, Naeem Inayatullah, and Quỳnh N. Phạm), “Structural Political Economy: The Weight of Structures in the Enduringly Colonial Present” (Part II), International Studies Association, Nashville (March 28th, 2022). [Held Online].

2022

“The Role of History and Philosophy of Science in Anglophone African Philosophy of Culture”. For the ERC funded project “Philosophy and Genre: Creating a Textual Basis for African Philosophy”, led by Alena Rettová, Universität Bayreuth (February 3rd, 2022) [Held Online due to COVID-19]

2022

“Human Nature and Comparative Anatomy in James Africanus Beale Horton.” Vanderbilt Modern Philosophy Seminar Series (May 4th, 2022), Philosophy Department, Vanderbilt University [held online].

2022

“Modern Science or Colonial Science in 19th Century West Africa? Africanus Horton as a Case Study.” International History Research Seminar (October 12th, 2022), History Department, London School of Economics [held online].

2022

“No Decolonization Without Women’s Liberation: Women’s Liberation in the PAIGC’s Theoretical Discourse.” Kohl Anticolonial Feminisms Virtual Workshop (organized by Alina Sajed and Sara Salem) (February 4th, 2022).

2022

“Rifa'a al-Tahtawi beyond 'Area Studies': Rifa'a al-Tahtawi, Africanus Horton, and Conceptions of Science in Contemporary African Philosophy.” Forum Insaniyyat Tunis 2022 (September 20th – 24th, 2022), Manouba University, Tunis.

2022

“Science in African Philosophy of Culture.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) (May 16-19th, 2022), University of Alberta [held online].

2022

“The Role of History and Philosophy of Science in Modern African Philosophy of Culture.” The International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS) Biennial Meeting (June 20th -23rd, 2022), UC Irvine

2022

“Helmi Sharawy's Critique of Racial and Colonial Paradigms in Egyptian African Studies.” Racial Formations in the Middle East and Africa, Workshop Organized by The Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) and The Project on African Social Research (PASR), George Washington University, (February 25th -February 26th, 2021) [Held Online due to COVID-19]

2021

“Olaudah Equiano's Narrative and the Power of Internal Critique in the Context of Enlightenment Philosophical Discourse(s).” The Travelling Early Modern Philosophy Organization (TEMPO), (June 18th – June 19th, 2021). [Held Online due to COVID-19]

2021

“Palestine and Modern African Political Philosophy.” Society for Anti-Colonial Middle Eastern and North African Thought, 59th Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (September 23rd – September 26th, 2021). [Held online due to COVID-19]

2021

“Paulin J. Hountondji on Science, Capitalism, and Imperialism: An African Philosopher's Quest for a Sociology of Scientific Knowledge in the Peripheries.” Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) (May 29th –June 2nd, 2021) [Held Online due to COVID-19].

2021

“The Limits of the Concept of 'the Master's Tools': Olaudah Equiano's Narrative as a Case Study.” Beyond Eurocentrism in Intellectual History, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, London (September 2nd – September 4th, 2021). [Held online due to COVID-19].

2021

“Paulin J. Hountondji and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge in the Peripheries.” Science Studies Reading Group, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca (December 14th, 2020) [Held Online due to COVID-19].

2020

“An Intellectual History of the Philosophical Foundations of Women’s Liberation in the PAIGC’s Discourse.” 14th Greater New York Area African History Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca (Oct 23rd, 2020). [Held Online due to COVID-19]

2020

“The Philosopher of Emptiness and the God-Intoxicated Man: Nāgārjuna in Dialogue with Spinoza.” 2020 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA), Philadelphia (Jan 8th - Jan 11th, 2020).

2020

“Analyzing Participatory Action Research as a Quest for Hermeneutic Justice.” 2019 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA), New York (Jan 7th-10th,2019).

2019

“Helmi Sharawy: An Egyptian Perspective on Modern African Intellectual History.” Africa in the Middle East/The Middle East in Africa Workshop, New York (November 18th - November 19th, 2019).

2019

“Lenin and East-African Marxism.” CSAAD-ASWAD Medial Meeting, “Black Internationalism and New York City”, New York (May 2nd – 3rd,2019)

2019

“Theoretical Advances in East-African Marxism in the 1970s.” Revolutionary Lefts in Sub-Saharan Africa (1960s and 1970s): A Political and Social History to be Written, Dakar, Senegal (October 30th - November 1st, 2019).

2019

“Hegel and the Historiographic Consequences of Thinking that Systematicity is a Necessary Condition for a Body of Thought to be Considered Philosophy.” 32nd International Hegel Congress, Tampere, Finland (June 5-8th,2018).

2018

“Amílcar Cabral’s Interpretation of Historical Materialism.” Fifteenth Annual Historical Materialism Conference, SOAS, London (November 8-11th,2018)

2018

“Hegel’s Proto-Modernist Conception of Philosophy as a Science: A Critique of Alan Richardson’s Account of the Rise of Scientific Philosophy.” The International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science Biennial Meeting (HOPOS), Groningen, the Netherlands (July 9-12th,2018)

2018

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

“Systematicity in Hegel's History of Philosophy.” Hegel-Jahrbuch 2019, No.1:538-544

2019

Policy Papers

Publication
Year

“Our Technology.” The New International Economic Order (NIEO) Collection. Project by Progressive International, July 4th, 2023

2023

“Helmi Sharawy’s Critique of Racial and Colonial Paradigms in Egyptian African Studies,” Racial Formations in Africa and the Middle East: A Transregional Approach, POMEPS Studies September 2021, Vol. 44, 67-73

2021

Public Lectures

Publication
Year

Interviewed by Lev Moscow on my work on Paulin Hountondji for his podcast “A Correction”, January 8th 2023

2023

Interviewed alongside Pierre Philippe Fraiture and Grant Farred by John Drabinski on the edited volume Africana Studies: Theoretical Futures for the podcast Conversations in Atlantic Theory (February 6th, 2022)

2022

Interviewed by Mostafa Minawi on my work on African Intellectual History, part of a series of interviews done by The Critical Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Studies Initiative, Cornell University (February 23rd, 2022):

2022

“Wahba on Secularization and Relativism” Book Panel on Robert Beshara’s translation of Mourad Wahba’s Fundamentalism and Secularization, Santa Fe Public Library, February 11th, 2022 [Online]

2022

Interviewed on the question, "Do Africans need Karl Marx?" by William Shoki and Sean Jacobs on the platform, "Africa is a Country" (May 4th, 2021)

Republished on the Monthly Review’s website: https://mronline.org/2021/06/05/did-marx-ignore-race-in-his-critique-of-political-economy/

2021

Interviewed, alongside Ochieng’-Odhiambo, on African Philosophy of Culture for Oxford University’s African(a) and South Asian Philosophies Podcast (November 19th, 2021)

2021

Interviewed on Amílcar Cabral's significance as a philosopher by Devyn Springer on his podcast, “Groundings” (affiliated with the Walter Rodney Foundation) (September 22nd 2019)

2019

Published Reviews

Publication
Year

Adam Mayer, "No Imperialist Peoples, Only Imperialist States", Review of African Political Economy (January 13, 2023). [Review of "Liberated Texts: Collected Reviews, Volume One"].

2023

Mohammed al-Hamamsi, "Al-Pan Africanism: Fikr Nidali min ajel tahrir Ifriquiah." Al-Arab (January 28, 2022) [Review of "Al-Pan-Africanism: Bayn al-Sera' al-Tabaqi we al-Indwa' al-'arqi (Nash'at we Tatawour al-afkar al-Ijtima'yia we al-Thaqafiya lada al-Afriquah qabl we 'athna' al-istiqlal"]

2022

Other

Publication
Year

“Amilcar Cabral: Falastin fe al-falsafa al-siyasiah al-ifriquiah.”, Al-Akhbar, March 11th, 2023 (Translated by Moussa al-Sadah)

2023

“On Paulin J. Hountondji and The Notion of “Influence” in Modern African Intellectual History: An Interview with Carmen De Schryver (Part I).” Borderlines, January 9th, 2023

2023

(with Alexia AlKadi-Barbaro) “COP27 and Imperialism: Weaving a Crown of Thorns for the Global South,” Ebb Magazine, November 29th 2022

2022

“Did Dependency Theorists Really Ignore Culture?”, Africa is a Country, July 11th, 2022

2022

“Amílcar Cabral, Historical Materialism, and the ‘Peoples without History’.” for the Scottish Centre for Global History (University of Dundee), September 20th 2021

2021


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2024 AP/PHIL3180 3.0 M Conversations with African Philosophy LECT
Fall/Winter 2023 AP/MODR1730 6.0 C Reasoning About Social Issues LECT


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