Conversation with Kris Sealey about her new book Creolizing the Nation (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2020).

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A conversation with Kris Sealey about her 2020 book Creolizing the Nation, which addresses the cultural, political, and historical significance of creolization for thinking about the lived-experience of migration, movement, culture mixing, and cultural production in the Americas.

Kris Sealey teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She has published widely in European philosophy, philosophy of race, philosophical questions arising from racialized experience in the Americas, and anti- and de-colonial theory in the black Atlantic. Her first book, Moments of Disruption: Levinas, Sartre, and the Question of Transcendence was published in 2013 by State University of New York Press, and her second book, which is the topic of this conversation, was published in 2020 by Northwestern University Press and is titled Creolizing the Nation.

The opening poem “Nothing to Declare,” read by Kris Sealey, was written Lauren K. Alleyne. Many thanks to the poet for permission to include this reading of this gorgeous, evocative poem.