“The Work of Man Has Only Just Begun”—Legacies of Aimé Césaire

untitledIn memory of the work of Aimé Césaire, organizers Alex Gil, Kaiama L. Glover, Brent Hayes Edwards, and David Scott extend an invitation to “The Work of Man Has Only Just Begun”—Legacies of Aimé Césaire, a Researchathon and a Forum to be held on December 5 and 6, 2013, at Columbia University, New York. This event is free and open to the public.

The Researchathon will take place on Thursday, December 5, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, at the Studio@Butler (Butler Library 208).The Forum will take place on Friday, December 6, from 10:00am to 5:00pm at La Maison Française (Buell Hall).

Description: Poet, statesman, and singular voice of the anti-colonial movements of the 20th century, Aimé Césaire continues to influence contemporary discussions of ethics and aesthetics, politics and history in this precariously postcolonial world. In an effort to contribute to Césaire’s living legacy, we have organized an online forum http://cesairelegacies.cdrs.columbia.edu in which four pairs of scholars, from a variety of disciplines, offer reflections along four different critical paths. Our aim is to think Césaire outside and beyond the usual frames, to generate provocative new ways of imagining possible Césairean futures at the close of his centenary year. We hope that you will not only join in our discussion, but also participate in our two-day event—a researchathon followed by a public forum—to be held in NYC on December 5 and 6. We hope, above all, that you will agree with Césaire that the work of man has only just begun.

Co-sponsors are the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, the Center for Study of Ethnicity and Race, the Institute for African Studies, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, La Maison Française, and Small Axe.

For more information, see http://cesairelegacies.cdrs.columbia.edu

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