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Gregory Doukas

doukasGregory Doukas studied French and German philosophy in college, at Rutgers University, and is currently a graduate student entering his second year at Uconn where he is pursuing a PhD in the Political Science department with a concentration in Political Theory. Currently, he is an active member of the Caribbean Philosophical Association as well as working to extend his interest in ethno-psychology and black-psychoanalysis beyond the merely theoretical level and into an applied, clinical setting. Following the work and thought of Frantz Fanon, Doukas conceives of psychology as a fundamentally communal enterprise and the study of “pathology” in general as highly political in nature. Far beyond Fanon, however, Doukas spent the last year cultivating his interest in the African philosophical tradition as well as the tradition of intellectual work produced by figures of the Africana Diaspora and within Afro-Caribbean world. Particularly, he has a deep interest in the work of W.E.B. DuBois, Anna Julia Cooper, and C.L.R. James. His most recent conference presentations discussed the presence of black spirituality in the New World context which ultimately gave birth to Jazz and the Blues as we know them today; forms of black music which have their origins in the music of Western Africa as well as the oral tradition of black slaves who first sang the blues on the cotton and tobacco plantations of the American South during the working day. Finally, Greg Doukas was excited to help Professor Fiona Vernal last year to put on a most wonderful exhibit at the Dodd Center called Children of the Soil. It was focused on the prominent role played by African women and children in the struggle against apartheid. This experience dovetailed exceptionally well with Doukas’ own research interests because not only is he interested in African-American and Afro-Caribbean history and politics, but he is also looking forward to continuing his education about Pan-African history and politics as these pertain to continental Africa itself.