Creolizing political theory in conversation
The creolization of theory is now an explicitly stated movement in what is at times called ‘theory from the global south.’ Its path to self-reflection as both a theory and metatheory was inaugurated at the Caribbean Philosophical Association meeting in Montreal, Canada, in 2006, where Jane Anna Gordon organized the panel Creolizing Rousseau, which featured papers by Charles Mills and Neil Roberts. The moderator was Natalija Mićunović, whose own work on theorizing connections between the Caribbean and Eastern Europe indicates the scope of the intellectual enterprise. The session led to a steady stream of writings utilizing its ideas, the result of which is that burgeoning area of research today (see, e.g., J. A. Gordon, 2009, 2011, 2014; L. Gordon 2011; Gordon and Roberts, 2015; Roberts 2015).
The aim of this critical exchange is not to review the literature on the creolization of theory but instead to explore, through a set of political theorists placing their work in conversation with...
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