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A panel discussion with Gary Wilder, Etienne Balibar, and Gayatri Spivak, moderated by Bachir Diagne.
Gary Wilder's book Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World (Duke University Press, 2015) 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 they struggled to transform imperial France into a democratic federation, with former colonies as autonomous members of a transcontinental polity. In so doing, they revitalized past but unrealized political projects and anticipated impossible futures by acting as if they had already arrived.
Gary Wilder is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Joining him for this panel discussion are Etienne Balibar (Visiting Professor at the ICLS and Department of French, Columbia) and Gayatri Spivak (University Professor, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia), with Bachir Diagne (Chair of Department of French, Columbia) as moderator.