Introduction: Forum on Creolizing Theory


  • Lewis R. Gordon UCONN-Storrs; Global Center for Advanced Studies; Rhodes University



Jane Anna Gordon, creolization, creolizing theory, Caribbean thought, Africana political thought, global critical Caribbean thought, Rousseau, Fanon


This introduction outlines why the author assembled a community of scholars with the task not of commenting on Jane Anna Gordon’s work on creolizing political theory but instead placing it in dialogue with their own.   The idea is that the value of theory depends also on the extent to which it could be engaged as a communicative practice with other theories dedicated to a shared concern.  In this case, it is scholars committed to thought devoted to concerns of dignity, freedom, and liberation as well as the critical question of the ultimate value of doing theoretical work.    

Author Biography

Lewis R. Gordon, UCONN-Storrs; Global Center for Advanced Studies; Rhodes University

Lewis R. Gordon is Professor of Philosophy at UCONN-Storrs; Honorary President and Core Professor at the Global Center for Advanced Studies; and Honorary Professor at the Unit of the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa. His most recent books are What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought (NY: Fordham UP; London: Hurst; Johannesburg: Wits UP, 2015; in Swedish, Vad Fanon Sa, Stockholm: TankeKraft förlag, 2016), La sud prin nord-vest: Reflecţii existenţiale afrodiasporice, trans. Ovidiu Tichindeleanu (Cluj, Romania: IDEA Design & Print, 2016), and, with Fernanda Frizzo Bragato, Geopolitics and Decolonization: Perspectives from the Global South (London, UK: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017).   His website is: and he is on twitter at: