David Scott

David Scott is the Ruth and William Lubic Professor at Columbia University. He is the author of Formations of Ritual: Colonial and Anthropological Discourses on the Sinhala Yaktovil (1994), Refashioning Futures: Criticism after Postcoloniality (1999), Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment (2004), Omens of Adversity: Tragedy, Time, Memory, Justice (2014), and Stuart Hall’s Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity (2017), and coeditor of Powers of the Secular Modern: Talal Asad and his Interlocutors (2006). He is currently completing a book tentatively titled “Irreparable Evil: New World Slavery in Moral History,” and working on a biography of Stuart Hall. Scott is also the founder and editor of the journal Small Axe, and director of the Small Axe Project. In this context he is also the curatorial director of the exhibitions, Caribbean Queer Visualities (Belfast, Glasgow, 2016, 2017), and Visual Life of Social Affliction (Nassau, Miami, Rotterdam, 2019, 2020), director of the Caribbean Modernisms project, and has recently been appointed the curatorial director of the forthcoming Kingston Biennial, 2022, Pressure.