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"Quand les murs tombent", A Transatlantic Reflection on the Creolization of the World

Join Patrick Chamoiseau and Souleymane Bachir Diagne on April 8 at 2pm EST for a tribute to Edouard Glissant.

-Event in French-

On the occasion of the 10-year anniversay of Edouard Glissant's passing, the Publishing house Editions de la Découverte and les éditions de l’Institut du Tout-Monde publish Manifestes, a collection of essays co-written with Patrick Chamoiseau on métissage and world creolization as a response to the individualism neo-liberal societies. These texts, written after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, resonate with the current climate of identity politics and criticism of multiculturalism.

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ID webinar : 989 739 42663 Passcode: 599929

Event organized by the French Consulate in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

Souleymane Bachir Diagne is a professor of philosophy and the chair of the Department of French and Romance Philology at Columbia University. He is the author of Boole, l’oiseau de nuit en plein jour (1989), Islam and the Open Society: Fidelity and Movement in the Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal (2011), African Art as Philosophy: Senghor, Bergson and the Idea of Negritude (2011), The Ink of the Scholars: Reflections on Philosophy in Africa (2016), and Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with Western Tradition (2018). His book Bergson postcolonial: L’élan vital dans la pensée de Senghor et de Mohamed Iqbal (2011) was awarded the Dagnan-Bouveret prize by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences in 2011, the same year in which he received the Edouard Glissant Prize for his work.

Patrick Chamoiseau is a French author from Martinique known for his work in the créolité movement. After studying law in Paris, he returned to Martinique inspired by Édouard Glissant to take a close interest in Creole culture. Chamoiseau is the author of a historical work on the Antilles under the reign of Napoléon Bonaparte and several non-fiction books which include Éloge de la créolité (In Praise of Creoleness), co-authored with Jean Bernabé and Raphaël Confiant. His novel Texaco was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1992, and was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. It has been described as "a masterpiece, the work of a genius, a novel that deserves to be known as much as Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth and Cesaire’s Return to My Native Land". Chamoiseau may also safely be considered as one of the most innovative writers to hit the French literary scene since Louis-Ferdinand Céline. His freeform use of French language — a highly complex yet fluid mixture of constant invention and "creolism" — fuels a poignant and sensuous depiction of Martinique people in particular and humanity at large.

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