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Negritude, Decolonization and the Future of the World

Presented by the  Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity Research Group

  • 26 May 2015
  • Speaker: Dr Gary Wilder
  • Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu

Dr Wilder reconsiders decolonization from the perspectives of Aimé Césaire (Martinique) and Léopold Sédar Senghor (Senegal) who, beginning in 1945, promoted self-determination without state sovereignty. As politicians, public intellectuals, and poets, Césaire and Senghor struggled to transform imperial France into a democratic federation, with former colonies as autonomous members of a transcontinental polity. Wilder invites scholars to decolonize intellectual history and globalize critical theory, to analyze the temporal dimensions of political life, and to question the territorialist assumptions of contemporary historiography.

Gary Wilder is Director of the Mellon Committee on Globalization and Social Change, and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of History at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. His latest book is Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization and the Future of the World (Duke University Press, 2015)

Ayça Çubukçu (chair) is Assistant Professor in the Centre for the Study of Human Rights and Department of Sociology at LSE. She convenes the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity Research Group

This event was co-hosted by the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, the Department of Sociology, and the Centre for International Studies at LSE. 

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Book cover: Freedom Time by Gary Wilder