Professor of French & Africana Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University, Kaiama L. Glover is author of Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (2010); co-editor of Marie Vieux Chauvet: Paradoxes of the Postcolonial Feminine for Yale French Studies (2016); and translator of Frankétienne’s Ready to Burst (2014), Marie Chauvet’s Dance on the Volcano (2016), and René Depestre’s Hadriana in All My Dreams (2017). She is an awardee of the PEN/Heim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mellon Foundation. She is founding co-editor of the journal sx archipelagos: a small axe platform for digital practice and Co-director of the digital humanities project In the Same Boats: Toward an Afro-Atlantic Intellectual Cartography. Her most recent monograph, Disorderly Women: On Caribbean Community and the Ethics of Self-Regard, is forthcoming with Duke University Press.
René Depestre and the Poetics of the Cold War/In the Same Boats: Toward an Intellectual Cartography of the Afro-Atlantic
My proposed project consists of a manuscript, "René Depestre and the Poetics of the Cold War," and an integrally related digital platform, "In the Same Boats: Toward an Intellectual Cartography of the Afro-Atlantic." In their combination, this monograph and linked multimedia humanities platform propose innovative ways of understanding and, ultimately, teaching the impact of the American Hemisphere on the politics and poetics of the twentieth century in general and of the global Cold War in particular. Both projects aim to think about key political, intellectual, and artistic movements of this period in world history and beyond from a decisively Afro-Atlantic perspective.