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Circulating Epistemologies: Intersections of Language and Race in the Francophone Caribbean

Date and Time: 
Friday, May 22, 2020. 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Zoom
Workshop: 
Critical Orientations to Race and Ethnicity 2019
Meeting Description: 

The symposium explores how the exchange of ideas and knowledge production operate as an ambivalent force of both upholding and deconstructing prevailing identities of race and ethnicity within a francophone Caribbean context. We will be joined by John Drabinski (Amherst College), Shawn Gonzalez (Princeton University), Nelson Maldonado-Torres (Rutgers University) and Raphaël Sigal (Amherst College), who will pre-circulate excerpted texts for participants to engage scholars researching at the intersection of migration, exile, and translation studies. We look forward to a robust, dynamic conversation with some critical thinkers to query how race is mobilized around linguistic lines in the Caribbean space.

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John E. Drabinski is the Charles Hamilton Houston 1915 Professor in the Department of Black Studies at Amherst College. He is the author of four books, most recently Glissant and the Middle Passage: Philosophy, Beginning, Abyss (Minnesota 2019) and Levinas and the Postcolonial: Race, Nation, Other (Edinburgh 2012). In addition to dozens of essays on Africana and European philosophy, he has edited a number of books and journal issues.

Shawn Gonzalez is a lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program. Her research focuses on multilingual writing from the Caribbean and the United States. She considers how creative representations of language conflict intersect with decolonial thought. Her other research and teaching interests include translation and multilingual pedagogies.

Nelson Maldonado-Torres is professor of Latino and Caribbean studies and of the Program in Comparative Literature, faculty affiliate of the Graduate Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and director of Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. A former president of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (2008-2013) and Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the Academy of Science of South Africa (2018-2019), he is the author of Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity (2008), and La descolonización y el giro decolonial (2011), as well as co-editor of Latin@s in the World-System: Decolonization Struggles in the 21st Century U.S. Empire (2005) and Decolonialidade e pensamento afrodiaspórico (2018), among many other journal articles and book chapters on the decolonial turn, Africana, Latin American and Latinx philosophy and religious thought, and the philosophy and critical theorizing of religion.

Raphaël Sigal is an assistant professor of French at Amherst College. His first book, Artaud, le sens de la lecture (Reading and Its Double) came out early 2018. His articles about Walter Benjamin, Gherasim Luca, Edmond Jabès, Maurice Blanchot, and others have appeared or will appear in diacritics, Critique, and French Forum. He is currently at work on a book about exile titled Le monde dans un livre, le livre dans la poche.

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