Reply to Miguel Gualdrón Ramírez’s review of Glissant and the Middle Passage

This is a really thoughtful and interesting review. I appreciate it so much because it engages with the possibilities of my book, but also asks some key questions - critical in formulation, though, honestly, I think they’re more a matter of clarification. It’s interesting to read readers. They find ways that your book might be significant (Miguel does that here

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Conversation with J. Kameron Carter on Glissant and the Middle Passage

The Hutchins Center at Harvard University posted the recording of my conversation with J. Kameron Carter about my book Glissant and the Middle Passage: Philosophy, Beginning, Abyss. Here it is, in case you want to listen in. I loved the conversation. In particular, I liked how the discussion moved into what I think is my coming contributions to thinking philosophy

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Conquest, Memory, Atrocity

My opening sequence in class this semester has generated the most interesting and searching discussions. I'm so happy with it.   We started with a couple of pieces to set grand, broad themes (Dussel, Mignolo), but the real content so far is, in order, Gibson's Apocalypto, Las Casas' brief report summary of Destruction of the Indies, and Carrasco's La

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