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Glissant and Levinas - Thinking the Relation

Date & time
Friday, May 19, 2023 –
Saturday, May 20, 2023 (all day)

  • Nathan Bell (University of Melbourne)
  • Robert Bernasconi (Penn State University)
  • Ruthanne Soohee Crapo Kim (Minneapolis College)
  • Mérédith Laferté-Coutu (Concordia University)
  • Daniel Calzadillas-Rodriguez (Penn State University)
  • Kris Sealey (Fairfield University)
  • Nelson Graves (Concordia University)
  • Vera Napolitano (University of Paris I: Panthéon Sorbonne)
  • Andrew Domzal (Penn State University)
  • Justin Wooley (University of Memphis)
  • Nicolas de Warren (Penn State University)
  • John Drabinski (University of Maryland)
  • Cost

    This event is free


    Social Justice Centre


    John Molson Building
    1450 Guy
    Room MB 14.250 and MB.9A

    Wheel chair accessible


    Glissant and Levinas: Thinking the Relation

    The conference Glissant and Levinas: Thinking the Relation, invites scholars in philosophy, English, francophone, and Caribbean literature, environmental studies, decolonial studies, and Jewish studies, to think about the major point of contact between Édouard Glissant and Emmanuel Levinas: our relation to the other, and its ethical and political significance.

    The conference proceedings will be published in the journal Levinas Studies.

    This event will be hybrid. Please register on zoom prior to the event.


    Friday, May 19th Room MB.9A

    10:00-10:15: Welcome by Mérédith Laferté-Coutu

    10:15-11:15: Robert Bernasconi (Penn State University), “The Unique and the Exotic: Segalen, Levinas, Glissant”

    11:15-11:30: Coffee Break

    11:30-12:30: Justin Wooley (University of Memphis), “Approaching the Condition of Election through Relation: Levinas and Glissant on the Imaginary of the West”

    LUNCH BREAK 12:30-13:30 (MB.9B)

    13:30 - 14:30: Mérédith Laferté-Coutu (Concordia University), “Between Glissant and Levinas’s Critiques of Rootedness”

    14:30 - 15:30: Daniel Calzadillas-Rodriguez (Penn State University), “Indigenous Philosophies and the Right to Opacity: A Challenge to the Discipline”

    15:30 - 15:45: Coffee Break

    15:45 - 17:15: First Keynote Kris Sealey (Fairfield University), “Fleshing out Relation: Alterity, Opacity and Landed Reciprocity”

    Saturday, May 20th Room MB.9A

    9:00 - 9:15: Welcome by Andrew Domzal

    9:15 - 10:15: Nathan Bell (University of Melbourne), “Glissant, Levinas, Drabinski: Universality and Humanism from the Other Shore” [ONLINE]

    10:15-11:15: Vera Napolitano (University of Paris I: Panthéon Sorbonne), “Ethics, Poetics, Apophantics”

    11:15 - 11:30: Coffee Break

    11:30-12:30: Andrew Domzal (Penn State University), “Heidegger, Levinas, and Glissant: The Problem of Dwelling”

    LUNCH BREAK 12:30-13:30 (MB.9B)

    13:30 - 14:30: Nicolas de Warren (Penn State University), “Anarchy, the Shock from Elsewhere”

    14:30 - 15:30: Ruthanne Soohee Crapo Kim (Minneapolis College), “Chaos, Myth, and Trembling: Glissant and Levinas”

    15:30 - 15:45: Coffee Break

    15:45 - 17:15: Second Keynote John Drabinski (University of Maryland), “The Time and Memory of Relation; or, Between Diaspora and Archipelago”

    17:15 - 18:30: Closing cocktail reception

    Contact: Mérédith Laferté-Coutu ( and Andrew Domzal (

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