To Wake up Our Minds’: The Re-Enchantment of Praxis in Sylvia Wynter.
Sylvia Wynter’s sustained and committed study of ideas, systems, peoples and worlds broken by epistemological colonialism(s) compels us to bring forward her educational thought for this Special Issue of Curriculum Inquiry. A Caribbean novelist, playwright and scholar born of Jamaican parents, Wynter became Professor of African and Afro-American Studies at Stanford University in 1977. Across six decades, Wynter’s work generates a discordant symphony of (post)humanist thought that enlivens and “wakes up” our thinking of what it means and has meant to be human beyond the genre of white, European, heteronormative “Man”. Man, Wynter (2003) claims, “overrepresents itself as if it were the human itself, and that of securing the well-being, and therefore the full cognitive and behavioural autonomy of the human species itself/ourselves” (p. 260).
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