Whither or whether postcolonial sovereignty?

Gary Wilder and Yarimar Bonilla reflect on freedom and (non-) sovereignty

Response: Thinking with Aimé Césaire

“Rather than a humanism that searches for aspects of a pre-defined universal within particular peoples or societies, he believed that particular peoples and their situated thinkers could offer their concrete forms of life as universally human ways of living a human life in a properly human fashion.

Counter-response: Césairean Transcripts

“Steeped as they are in the sober reality of their Caribbean neighbors, contemporary Antillean activists are well aware that both the projects of integration and independence have failed to deliver on their modernist economic and social promises – in the Caribbean and beyond.

Rejoinder: Historical Constellations and Political Futures (Past)

The point is not that Césaire’s specific political initiatives could or should be taken up by social actors today, but that any engagement with the problem of (Antillean) freedom might be usefully informed by, and unfolds in the space created by, Césaire’s legacy of thinking decolonization non-dogmatically.

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