Gary Wilder discusses his book "Freedom Time" (Duke University Press), which explores the intertwined political and poetic projects of Aimé Césaire and Léopold Senghor. This interview was filmed while Wilder was attending Plotting Internationalism Symposium held at Duke University in November 2013, organized by Aarthi Vadde. Donna Jones, UC-Berkeley, also participated in the conference.
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Wilder works on the French empire, colonial states, historical anthropology, and social/political theory, with a focus on western Africa, the Antilles, and Europe. He is the author of The French Imperial Nation-State: Negritude and Colonial Humanism between the Two World Wars (2005), which traces empire-wide networks of science, administration, public opinion, and literature that linked colonial reformers in French West Africa to a black public sphere in Paris. His current research project, “Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, Utopia,” examines post–World War II initiatives by African and Caribbean legislators to reconstitute France as a postcolonial federal democracy.