Moses März

Doctoral Fellow


Campus Neues Palais
building 2, room 1.10

University of Potsdam
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam

Dissertation Project

Edouard Glissant’s Politics of Relation and the Imagination of the World-Community

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 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 is a contributing editor for the Pan-African literary magazine Chimurenga Chronic and editor of the postgraduate online journal Postamble.


Chimurenga Chronic (Editorial) (2016), second German Chronic publication, published as part of the magazine of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

with Arendse, Graeme: Salut Glissant (2016). Chimurenga Chronic 8. pp. 52-55

The Invention of African Football (2016). Chimurenga Chronic 7 (books Supplement) pp. 18 - 20. Link to Article

Four Days in June (2016). Chimurenga Chronic 7. pp. 18-21. Link to Article

Fragments of Glissant (2015). Postamble Vol.9.1. Link to Article

Editorial: Transdisciplinarity, Transformation and the Humanities. (2015) Postamble Vol.9.1. Link to Article 

The Institute (2015). Chimurenga Chronic 6. pp. 35-39. Link to Article 

Zeitung und Raum. Medientagebuch: Chimurenga Chronic (2012). In Der Freitag, 27/04/2012. Link to Article

Embracing Opacity. Interview with Ntone Edjabe (Chimurenga Magazine). (2011) AfricAvenir e.V.Link to Article

Vordenker der Dekolonialisierung: Achille Mbembe. (2011) In Der Freitag, 14/05/2011. Link to Article