Faculty Book: Gary Wilder

Gary Wilder
Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World
(Duke University Press, 2015)

Freedom Time 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. Emphasizing the link between politics and aesthetics, Gary Wilder reads Césaire and Senghor as pragmatic utopians, situated humanists and concrete cosmopolitans whose postwar insights can illuminate current debates about self-management, postnational politics and planetary solidarity. Freedom Time 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 an associate professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: NOV 16, 2015

Category: Anthropology | Faculty Books