Campus Neues Palais
building 2, room 1.10
University of Potsdam
Am Neuen Palais 10
The Martinican poet, novelist, and theorist Edouard Glissant (1928-2011) is commonly considered to be among the most important postcolonial Francophone writers in the fields of Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, and Philosophy. Rooted in the specificity of Martinique and the creole realities of the Caribbean archipelago, Glissant’s theory of relation endorses the type of non-totalitarian universalism endorsed by the notion of micro-cosmopolitanisms. Underlying Glissant’s literary work – including a comprehensive oeuvre of essays, novels, and poetry – is a concern with the development a ‘politics of relation’ that is informed by a poetics of the world and an awareness of its radical diversity. Since the theoretical potentials of his conception of the political have not yet been explored in my view, the central interest guiding my thesis asks how Glissant’s conception of the political can be theoretically defined. At a historic juncture where the global political field is perceived as increasingly contingent and the aptitude of established political theories is being critically re-evaluated from postcolonial and decolonial perspectives, Glissant’s political thought offers a new conceptual and normative framework from the Global South that opens up an imaginative space for new political positionalities and communities.
Moses März completed a Master’s degree in Political Science at the Free University Berlin (FU) in 2012. He then moved to Cape Town where he began the research for his PhD thesis on Edouard Glissant at the African Studies Department of the University of Cape Town (UCT). He completed his PhD dissertation in June 2020 as part of the Research Training Group Minor Cosmopolitanisms and is currently teaching at the Department for English and American Studies at the University of Potsdam. He is a senior editor for the Pan-African literary magazine Chimurenga Chronic and co-founder of the literary magazine Mittel und Zweck.