Cornell University presents “Indigeneity, Creolization, Fugitivity: A Symposium on Caribbean Thought” 


Cornell University hosts “Indigeneity Creolization Fugitivity: A Symposium on Caribbean Thought” on Saturday, October 15, 11:00am to 5:00pm, at the Romance Studies Lounge, Klarman Hall K164 (with breakfast, lunch and a reception). See program below:

Description: “Indigeneity, Creolization, Fugitivity” names three emphases in contemporary diasporic thought that are often placed in opposition and framed competitively instead of contiguously. Engaging these concepts in new combinations, this symposium engages with a topic of broad interest for the community of scholars concerned with French studies, anti-colonial thought, and questions of international francophone Literatures and Cultures. While the tension between indigeneity, creolization, and fugitivity is far reaching across time periods and geographical locales, some of the most sustained enquiries have taken place in Caribbean studies.


Session One 11am-1pm

Alex Gil (Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Columbia University): “The Geographies of Aimé Césaire: On Place and the Hybrid Archive”

Kaiama L. Glover (Professor of French, Barnard College): “Flesh Like One’s Own’: On Poverty, the Undead, and Other Contagions”

Session Two: 2pm-5pm

Jeremy Matthew Glick (Professor of English, Hunter College): “Haitian Revolutionary Out-takes: Statecraft /Stagecraft”

Plenary Discussion and Reception to follow.


Natalie Melas, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Cornell University; Jackeline Frost, Ph.D. Student, Cornell University; and Alex Lenoble, Ph. D. Candidate, Cornell University

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