Creolizing Europe critically interrogates creolization as the decolonial, rhizomatic thinking necessary for understanding the cultural and social transformations set in motion through trans/national dislocations. Exploring the usefulness, transferability, and limitations of creolization for thinking post/coloniality, raciality and othering not only as historical legacies but as immanent to and constitutive of European societies, this volume develops an interdisciplinary dialogue between the social sciences and the humanities. It juxtaposes US-UK debates on ‘hybridity’, ‘mixed-race’ and the ‘Black Atlantic’ with Caribbean and Latin American theorizations of cultural mixing in order to engage with Europe as a permanent scene of Édouard Glissant’s creolization. Further, through a comparative methodological angle, the focus on Europe is broadened in order to understand the role of Europe’s colonial past in the shaping of its post/migrant and diasporic present. ‘Europe’ thus becomes an expanded and contested term, unthinkable without reference to its historical legacies and possible futures. While not all the contributions in this volume explicitly address Edouard Glissant’s approach to creolization, they all engage with aspects of his thinking. All of the chapters explore the usefulness, transferability, and limitations of creolization to the European context. As such, this edited collection offers a significant contribution and intervention in the fields of European Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Cultural Studies on two levels. First, by emphasizing that race and “cultural mixing” are central to any thinking about and theorization on/of Europe, and second, by applying Glissant’s perspective to a variety of empirical work on diasporic spaces, conviviality, citizenship, aesthetics, race, racism, sexuality, gender, cultural representation and memory.
Professor Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez is Chair in Sociology at Justus-Liebig University, Giessen.
Dr Shirley Anne Tate is Associate Professor in Race and Culture at the University of Leeds.
Introduction: Creolizing Europe: Legacies and Transformation Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez and Shirley Anne Tate
1. Creolité and the Process of Creolization - Stuart Hall
2. World System & the Creole, Rethought - Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
3. Creolization and Resistance - Françoise Vergès
4. Continental Creolization: French Exclusion through a Glissantian Prism - H. Adlai Murdoch
5. Archipelago Europe: On Creolizing Conviviality - Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez
6. Are we all Creoles? ‘Sable- Saffron’ Venus, Rachel Christie and aesthetic creolization - Shirley Anne Tate
7. Re-Imagining Manchester as a Queer and Haptic Brown Atlantic Space - Alpesh Kantilal Patel
8. Queering Diaspora Space, Creolizing Counter-Publics: On British South Asian Gay and Bisexual Men’s Negotiations of Sexuality, Intimacy and Marriage - Christian Klesse
9. On Being Portuguese: Luso-tropicalism, Migrations and the Politics of Citizenship - José Carlos Pina Almeida and David Corkill
10. Comics, Dolls and the Disavowal of Racism: Learning from Mexican Mestizaje - Mónica Moreno Figueroa and Emiko Saldivar Tanaka
11. Creolizing Citizenship? Migrant Women from Turkey as Subjects of Agency - Umut Erel
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