Migrations of the Human: Apropos of the “Community of the World” and Democracies-to-Come

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Migrations of the Human: Apropos the “Community of the World” and Democracies-to-Come

Lundi 20 mars, 17h00-19h00 | Amphithéâtre Jaurès, 29 rue d’Ulm

In Traité du Tout-Monde, Édouard Glissant draws on Caribbean poetics and his philosophy of relation to affirm the coming into being of the world as a “Chaos-monde” (Chaos-world), which arises from the explosion of “numerous cultures coming together, opposing each other, disappearing and yet surviving” thus giving shape to a “Tout-Monde” [All-World] that, while growing, is never complete (my translation; 22). In a world that appears as the “Tout-monde” of cultures, at times embracing and at other times opposing each other (Glissant 22), living with the foreigner, the stranger, the other who arrives unexpectedly, uninvited and unwelcome, and crosses borders, seas and lands, constitutes the political task of democratic politics in the present. Against the neoliberal politics that regulates the mobility and trafficking of goods and human beings by trying to appropriate the singularity of all forms of life in order to consolidate a globality of “human-consumers” [“l’humain-consomateur”] (Chamoiseau 50), a reality of a world made of numerous worlds emerges. The “Tout-monde” is made of concurrently developing collectivities and communities that resist their dispossession by remaining irregularly mobile and unaccountable to the power of state laws that often impinge on, even abrogate, basic human rights. Glissant’s “Tout-monde” (Glissant) shares eclectic affinities with what Jean-Luc Nancy and Jacques Derrida have called the “community of the world” (Nancy, “Being-in-Common” 6; Derrida, The Beast & the Sovereign II 8-9) and Achille Mbembe has identified as the “planetary entanglement”  (Out of the Dark Night). 

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Monday, March 20, 2023


Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris

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