24 February, 6–8pm
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World
By Gary Wilder
“Freedom Time is astonishing in its originality, breadth of learning, rhetorical power, interdisciplinary reach, and theoretical sophistication. It thoroughly transforms our understanding of the dialogues and disputations that made up the ‘Black’ / French encounter. With this work, Gary Wilder establishes himself as one of the most compelling and powerful voices in French and Francophone critical studies.”
—Achille Mbembe, author of On the Postcolony
Book launch featuring: Gary Wilder (The Graduate Center) in conversation with Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia), Judith Surkis (Rutgers) Fouad Makki (Cornell), and Nick Nesbitt (Princeton), moderated by Anthony Alessandrini (Kingsborough, CUNY).
Reception to follow in Room 5109
Gary Wilder is Director of the Mellon Committee on Globalization and Social Change and associate professor in the Phd. Program in Anthropology and the Ph.D. Program in History at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of The French Imperial Nation-State: Negritude and Colonial Humanism Between the Two World Wars (University of Chicago Press, 1995). His research on the French empire, French West Africa, and the Francophone Caribbean is located at the intersection of historical anthropology, intellectual history, and critical social theory.