Organizer: David Spitzer
Co-Organizer: Olga BlomgrenContact the Seminar Organizers
Thinking on and with: Perspectives on Édouard Glissant
“La pensée dessine l’imaginaire du passé: un savoir en devenir. On ne saurait l’arrêter pour l’estimer, ni l’isoler pour l’émettre.” --Édouard Glissant, “Imaginaire,” Poétique de la Relation
From the late 1940s until 2012 the writings of Édouard Glissant span, combine, and challenge several modes—critical writings, poems, lectures, philosophic texts, and beyond. His published work includes fifteen volumes of essays, nine books of poems, eight novels, and a play. Born on the island of Martinique in 1928, Glissant studied and later worked as an editor and taught in France, established institutes in Martinique and in Paris, and during the 1990s held positions in U.S. universities in Louisiana and New York (Britton 2011: 668-69). The formal range and multiple zones of Glissant’s work call for a diversity of perspectives and interpretive approaches. Without bringing-to-a-halt the becoming of thought and the dynamics of its histories, this seminar calls for papers engaged with the various dimensions and forms of Glissant’s thinking in ways that open new horizons and relations.
Some guiding questions for this seminar: Why and how does Glissant speak to your own literatures and work today? How does comparative and interdisciplinary study particularly address and engage Glissant’s work? How might a practice of Glissant’s theories disrupt academia’s departmental silos and institutional strictures [decolonize the university]?
We aim for collaboration and dialogue by uniting a range of perspectives on Glissant’s work across disciplines and languages. Abstracts that address/identify problematics, underdeveloped areas, and/or paradox in Glissant’s thinking are encouraged. This seminar invites archipelagic thought and wide-ranging ways of reading with and through Glissant’s writing and ideas.
Please submit abstracts of 200-300 words via the ACLA submissions portal by 23 September. Please direct any questions to the seminar organizers: Olga Blomgren (firstname.lastname@example.org) and David Morgan Spitzer (email@example.com)