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Book by Hofstra’s Jewish Studies Chair Receives Honor

The Caribbean Philosophical Association has announced  that Dr. Santiago Slabodsky’s Decolonial Judaism: Triumphal Failures of Barbaric Thinking is one of the 2017 Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book Award winners. Dr. Slabodsky is Hofstra’s Florence and Robert Kaufman Chair in Jewish Studies.

The Frantz Fanon Prize is awarded annually in recognition of up to three works in or of special interest to Caribbean thought.  

Neil Roberts, president of the  Caribbean Philosophical Association, writes, “Santiago Slabodsky boldly engages in the creolization of theory through this extraordinary work that fundamentally calls into question claims to the homogeneity of Jewish thought and what it means to be Jewish. He underscores forms of epistemic colonization in binaries such as Western/non-Western, civilized/barbaric, white/non-white that are often employed to situate Jews across time into one category or another. By distinguishing between postcoloniality and decoloniality, Slabodsky is able to issue a global theory from the South, one affirming both tragic modalities of Jewish anti-semitism on the one hand and radical philosophies of liberation and forms of Jewish thought on the other whose battling of anti-semitic forces and decolonial underpinnings contribute to a suggestive ethical framework and what Fanon referred to as a new humanism.”

The award ceremony will take place during the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s international conference, June 22-24, 2017, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City.

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