Édouard Glissant: The Right to Opacity 

Édouard Glissant: The Right to Opacity 

The Martinican poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant called for a “right to opacity” throughout his work. Speaking about small countries in the Caribbean in his 1981 Caribbean Discourse, he said, “We demand the right to opacity.” He would reiterate this claim in his...
Metaracial: Notes on the Thought of Rei Terada

Metaracial: Notes on the Thought of Rei Terada

Rei Terada’s concept metaracial emerges from her 2023 book, Metaracial: Hegel, Antiblackness, and Political Identity, the result of a sustained engagement with Hegel’s enduring influence on how we think about race — or rather, how race structures our thinking. In this...
Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities

Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities

Benedict Anderson’s seminal work Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism from 1983 is one of the most important accounts of the historical rise and development of nationalism. Its basic insight and argument is that...