Re-(en)activating Aimé Césaire's Tragedies: Writing 'Theatrical Histories' as International Lawyers

Seminar/Forum

Re-(en)activating Aimé Césaire's Tragedies: Writing 'Theatrical Histories' as International Lawyers

Through an engagement with the Haitian Revolution plays and historical biographies penned by the Martinique anti-colonial playwright, poet, activist and politician, Aimé Césaire (1913–2008), this seminar attempts to make a case for (and draw out lessons in) the writing/staging of 'theatrical histories' by international lawyers. It will argue that such histories best allow us to reactivate in the postcolonial present, decolonisations past, which might help us to both inherit their vital legacies, but also to disrupt their more poisonous bequests, in particular by illuminating the particular paradoxes of postcolonial sovereignty and the price extracted by quests for 'international community'.

Presenter

  • Dr Adil Hasan Khan
    Dr Adil Hasan Khan, McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow