F. Nick Nesbitt

F. Nick Nesbitt, Ph.D.

Address: Lumirova 15, Praha 2, Nusle 12800 CZ

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1. Current position

2010 – present: Full Professor, Department of French and Italian, Princeton University (USA)

2019-21 Senior Researcher, Philosophical Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences

2. Areas of specialization

Postcolonial Francophone Studies

Postwar French Philosophy and Historical Epistemology

Philosophy of Music

Political Theory

3. Areas of competence

French Language and Literature

Theories of Subjectivity

4. Previous employment

University of Aberdeen (Aberdeen, Scotland)

· Senior Lecturer in French, Centre for Modern Thought, School of Languages and Literature (March 2007-August 2010)

Miami University (Ohio, USA)

·Associate Professor of French with Tenure (July, 2004-December 2006)

·Assistant Professor of French 1997-2004.

Anglo-American University (Prague), Visiting Professor. (Spring 2016)

Charles University/Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Prague)

· Lecturer, 'Franz Kafka and the Minority Perspective: A Deleuze and Guattari summer school in Prague' (July, 2010)

Université du Havre (Le Havre, France)

· Professeur invité, Groupe de recherches identités et cultures (June, 2009)

European College of Liberal Arts, Berlin (July-August, 2006)

· Visiting Professor, International Summer University Program

Cornell University

·Visiting Assistant Professor of French (Department of Romance Studies), and Mellon Fellow (Society for the Humanities); 2003-4

Ecole Normale Supérieure, (Fontenay-aux-Roses, France)

·English Lector 1995-1996, 1992-1993

·Problematics of Post-Colonial Literature (Graduate Seminar) Spring 1996

·Jazz and American Society: A Musicological and Social History (Graduate Seminar) Fall 1992

Harvard University, Teaching Fellow 1993-1997.

5. Education

Harvard University

Ph.D., Romance Languages and Literatures, November 1997

Specialization in Francophone Literature,

Minor: Lusophone Language and Literature

M.A., Romance Languages and Literatures, May 1990

Colorado College

B.A. (cum laude) French Literature, 1987

Berklee College of Music, Performance Studies (Jazz Guitar) 1990-1995

6. Stipends, grants, awards

3-year grant from Czech Academy of Sciences; Senior Researcher in the Department of Modern Philosophy, AV ČR. 'Bolzano to Badiou' (2019-21). http://mcf.flu.cas.cz/en

Universal Emancipation selected as a Choice outstanding Academic Title for 2009.

Cornell University Society for the Humanities Mellon Fellowship, 2003-4

Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship Mentor, October 2005 (Princeton, NJ)

Nominee, Miami University Alumni Association Effective Educator Award, 2006-7

Philip and Elaina Hampton Fund for Faculty International Initiatives, co-recipient of award to establish Summer Workshop for Miami University in Guadeloupe, FWI (December 2003)

Philip and Elaina Hampton Fund for Faculty International Initiatives, co-recipient of award to establish Summer Workshop for Miami University in Dakar, Senegal (August 2000)

Edmund J. Curley Scholarship for Doctoral Studies, Harvard, 1995-96

Harvard Graduate Society Fellowship dissertation research grant, 1994-95

Phi Beta Kappa, 1987

7. Publications

7.1. Books

1. Caribbean Critique: Antillean Critical Theory from Toussaint to Glissant Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013.

2. Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, New World Studies Series, 2008. Selected as a Choice outstanding Academic Title for 2009.

3. Voicing Memory: History and Subjectivity in French Caribbean Literature Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, New World Studies Series, A. James Arnold, Series Editor, 2003.

7.2. Edited books

1. Badiou, Alain. Sometimes We Are Eternal. Co-editor with Jana Berankova. Forthcoming, Lyon: Editions Suture, 2019.

2. The Concept in Crisis: Reading Capital Today. Durham: Duke University Press, 2017. Contributors: Alain Badiou, Etienne Balibar, Emily Apter, Robert JC Young, Bruno Bosteels, Adrian Johnston, Warren Montag, Nina Power, Knox Peden, and Fernanda Navarro.

3. Sounding the Virtual: Deleuze and the Theory and Philosophy of Music. Co-edited with Brian Hulse (College of William & Mary). Ashgate Publishers, 2010. Paperback edition: London and New York: Routledge, published December, 2016.

4. Toussaint Louverture: The Haitian Revolution. New York: Verso, Revolutions Series, 2008.

Associate editor:

Aimé Césaire: Poésie, théâtre, essais. A. James Arnold, Project editor. Textes en prose parus dans Tropiques 1941-1945; 'Commémoration du centenaire de l'abolition de l'esclavage' (1948); 'L'homme de culture et ses responsabilités' (1958). CNRS-éditions, 2013.

7.3 Contributions to edited volumes

'Critique de l'économie politique antillaise: Sur Glissant, Marx, et Althusser.' Forthcoming in Archipels Glissant, Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2019.

'The Axiomatic Turn: Pierre Boulez and the Cavaillès/Althusser/Badiou Continuum,' forthcoming in Sounds Senses, Yasser Elharriry, ed. Liverpool University Press, 2021.

'Preface,' in Alain Badiou. Sometimes We Are Eternal. Nick Nesbitt and Jana Berankova, eds. Forthcoming, Lyon: Suture Editions, 2019.

'Marx's Grundrisse: An Inquiry Into the Categorial Structure of Capitalism,' in The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx, Andrew Pendakis and Imre Szeman, eds, London: Bloomsbury 2019. 41-56.

'Value as Symptom: Althusserian Antihumanism in its Limits,' in The Concept in Crisis: Reading Capital Today. Nick Nesbitt, ed. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2017. 229-279.

'Fragments of a Universal History: Structures, Subjects, and Ideas in The Black Jacobins.' Volume on C.L.R. James' The Black Jacobins, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2017. 139-161.

"Critique of Caribbean Violence.' Réalités et Représentation de la violence en postcolonie. Eds. Jean-Godefroy Bidima and Victorien Lavou Zoungbo. Perpignon: Presses universitaires de Perpignon, 2016. 163-190.

'Critique and Clinique: From Sounding Bodies to the Musical Event.' In Gilles Deleuze: La pensée musique. Pascale Criton, Jean-Marc Chouvel, eds. Paris: Centre de documentation de la musique contemporaine, 2015. 187-198.

'Louverture: La Fractura de la historia' in Toussaint Louverture: Repensar un icono, eds. Mariana Past and Natalie M. Léger. Santiago de Cuba: Casa del Caribe, 2015. 28-48.

"Haiti, the Monstrous Anomaly." in The Idea of Haiti, Millery Polyné, ed. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. 3-26.

'Afterword: Vastey and the System of Colonial Violence' in The Colonial System Unveiled, Baron de Vastey, Chris Bongie, Editor and Translator. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014. 285-300.

"Preface: Escaping Race." In Deleuze and Race, Arun Saldanha, ed. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2013. 1-5.

"Deleuze, Hallward, and the Transcendental Analytic of Relation." In Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze: Colonial Pasts, Differential Futures. Lorna Burns and Birgit M. Kaiser, Eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012: 96-120.

"Which Radical Enlightenment?: Spinoza, Jacobinism, and Black Jacobinism.' In Spinoza Beyond Philosophy, Beth Lord, ed. Edinburgh University Press, 2012: 149-167.

"L'imaginaire visuel haïtien.' In Figures d'esclaves: presence, paroles, representations. Eric Saunier, ed. Mont-Saint-Aignan: Publications des universités de Rouen et du Havre, 2012. 225-237.

"Before the Law: Deleuze, Kafka, and the Clinic of Right.' Franz Kafka: Minority Report, Petr Kouba, Tomaš Pivoda, editors. Litteraria Pragensia, 2011, 87-103.

'Před zákonem: Deleuze, Kafka, a klinika práva.' (Translation of 'Before the Law: Deleuze, Kafka, and the Clinic of Right'). In Franz Kafka: A Perspektiva Minority, Petr Kouba and Tomáš Pivoda, eds. Prague: Filosofia, 2011. 129-152.

"Diasporic Politics in the Short Works of Edwidge Danticat." In Edwidge Danticat: A Reader's Guide. Martin Munro, ed. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010. 73-85.

"Critique and Clinique: From Sounding Bodies to the Musical Event." In Sounding the Virtual: Deleuze and Musicology. Brian Hulse and Nick Nesbitt, eds. Burlington: Ashgate, 2010. 159-180.

"Deleuze, Glissant, and the Production of Postcolonial Concepts" in Deleuze and the Postcolonial. Eds. Paul Patton and Simone Bignall. Edinburgh University Press, 2010. 103-118.

"On the Political Efficacy of Idealism: Tocqueville, Schoelcher, and the Abolition of Slavery" in America Through European Eyes. Ed. Aurelian Craiutu and Jeffrey Isaac. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2009. 91-116.

"The Haitian Revolution and the Globalization of the Radical Enlightenment" in Carribean(s) on the Move—Archipiélagos literarios del Caribe. Ed. Ette, Ottmar. Peter Lang: Frankfurt am Main, 2008. 39-59.

"A Singular Revolution." Memory, Empire and Postcolonialism: Legacies of French Colonialism. Ed. Alec Hargreaves, Lanham: Lexington, 2005. 37-50.

"Honte, culpabilité, et devenir dans l'expérience coloniale" in Lire, écrire la honte: actes du colloque de Cerisy-la-Salle, juin 2003," Ed. Bruno Chaouat. Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2007. 235-250.

Entries on "Aimé Césaire" and "Edouard Glissant" in the Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics: Censorship, Revolution, and Writing. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2005.

"Le sujet de l'histoire: Mémoires troublées dans Traversée de la mangrove et Le cœur à rire et à pleurer." Maryse Condé, Une nomade inconvenante: Mélanges offerts à Maryse Condé. Ibis Rouge Editions: Guadeloupe, 2002. 113-119.

"Deleuze, Adorno, and the Composition of Musical Multiplicity." Deleuze and Music. Ian Buchanan, Editor. Edinburgh University Press, 2004.

"Caribbean Literature in French." In The Cambridge History of African Literature. F. Abiola Irele and Simon Gikandi, Editors. Cambridge University Press, December, 2003.

Articles on "Negritude" (6000 words); "Guadeloupe" (2000 words); "Ignace"; "Victor Hugues"; "Hégésippe Légitimus"; Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and K. Anthony Appiah, Basic Books: October, 1999.

7.4. Articles, review articles

'Deleuze, Adorno, a kompozice hudební multiplicity' (translation of 'Deleuze, Adorno, and the Composition of Musical Multiplicity'). Kontradikce, 2 :1 (2019).

'The Slave Machine : On 'Proletarian,' Slavery, and Capital in The Black Jacobins.' Forthcoming in SmallAxe SX, Spring 2019.

'Od Kontradikce k Automaticke Subjektu [From the Moving Contradiction to the Automatic Subject]' (Special issue on Moishe Postone, in memorium), in A2, Kulturní Čtrnáctideník. #15/18.7.18: 29.

'Althusser dans l'archive de Cavaillès,' Rue Descartes, 2017.

'Marx After Marxism : Value, Critique, Crisis.' Contradictions/Kontradikce, 2016.

'Experimenting Freedom,' PMLA 131.1 (2016) 125-27. Contributions in memoriam to Assia Djebar, edited by Simon Gikandy.

'From Louverture to Lenin: Aimé Césaire and Anticolonial Marxism.' Smallaxe 48 Fall 2015, 129-44.

'La perlaboration de Cherifa, ou, l'Algérie qui aurait pu être.' El Watan (Algeria), April 15, 2015.

'Resolutely Modern : Politics and Human Rights in the Mande Charter.' Savannah Review, 4, November 2014, 11-20.

'Beyond Empire's Dialectics of (Colonial) Sovereignty: Speculative Anarchism and the Critique of Critique.' Theory and Event 18.4, 2015.

'Penser la politique avec Césaire : Décolonisation, Autonomie, Communisme.' Présence africaine. Special Issue on Aimé Césaire. 184 : 2014, 283-94.

'Revolutionary Inhumanism: Fanon's "On Violence."' International Journal of Francophone Studies, (15.3-4) 2012. Special issue on 'The Postcolonial Human,' Jane Hiddleston, editor. 395-413.

"Early Glissant: From the Destitution of the Political to Antillean Ultra-leftism." Callalloo, special issue on Edouard Glissant edited by Celia Britton. 36 (4): 2013. 932-948.

"Politiques et poétiques : les errances de l'absolu." La revue des sciences humaines, hommage à Edouard Glissant. 309.1 : 2013. Valérie Loichot, ed. 155-169.

"Edouard Glissant and the Poetics of Truth." C. L. R. James Journal. (18.1) Fall 2012. 102-26.

"From Sacrifice to Solidarity: The Truth Politics of Haitian Literature." Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 38.1 (March 2011). 14-24.

"The Incandescent I, Destroyer of Worlds." Research in African Literatures, special issue on Aimé Césaire, Adlai Murdoch, editor. Spring 2010, Vol. 41, No. 1. 121-141.

"Aristide and the Politics of Democratization." SmallAxe 30 (13:3), Fall 2009. 137-147.

"La société égalitaire sans état: Gérard Barthélémy et le problème du pouvoir dans la Révolution Haïtienne." Revue de la Société haïtienne d'histoire et de géographie: Hommage à Gérard Barthélemy. 83 (236), Janvier-juin 2009. 131-146.

"Alter-rights: Haiti and the Singularization of Universal Human Rights, 1804-2004." International Journal of Francophone Studies, 12 (1). 93-108.

"Turning the Tide: The Problem of Popular Insurgency in Haitian Revolutionary Historiography." SmallAxe, #27, 12 (3) Oct. 2008, 14-31.

"Departmentalization and the Logic of Decolonization." L'Esprit créateur 47 (1), Spring 2007. 32-43.

"The Expulsion of the Negative: Deleuze, Adorno, and the Ethics of Internal Difference." SubStance #107, 34 (2), Summer 2005, 75-97.

"Penser la révolution haïtienne." Critique 711-712 (August-September 2006), 652-664.

"The Idea of 1804." Yale French Studies. Special issue on the Haitian Revolution edited by Deborah Jenson. 107 (Spring 2005), 6-38.

"Troping Tousssaint, Writing Revolution." Research in African Literatures. Special issue on the Haitian Revolution edited by Abiola Irele. 35: 2 (Summer 2004), 18-33.

"Stepping Outside the Magic Circle: The Critical Thought of Maryse Condé." Romanic Review, Special issue on Maryse Condé edited by Kaiama Glover. 94: 3-4 (May-Nov 2003), 391-404.

"Imaginaire créateur et autonomie postcoloniale." Rue Descartes (publication of the Collège Internationale de Philosophie, Presses Universitaires Françaises), Spring 2002, pp. 65-72. Special issue on African Philosophy edited by Jean-Godefroy Bidima

"African Music, Ideology, and Utopia." Research in African Literatures, Summer 2001, pp. 175-86. Special issue on African Music.

"Antinomies of Double Consciousness in Aimé Césaire's Cahier d'un retour au pays natal." Mosaic, 33 (3) September 2000, pp. 107-28.

"Sounding Autonomy: Adorno, Coltrane, and Jazz" Telos, (116) Summer 1999, pp. 81-98.

"History and Nation Building in Aimé Césaire's La tragédie du roi Christophe". Journal of Haitian Studies, Volume III-IV, 1999. pp. 132-48

Book reviews:

Daut, Marlene. Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism. Forthcoming in French Studies, July 2019.

Khalfa, Jean. Poetics of the Antilles: Poetry, History, and Philosophy in the Writings of Perse, Césaire, Fanon, and Glisssant. Peter Lang, 2017. French Forum 73.2, April 2019.

Wilder, Gary. Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World. Contemporary French Civilization. 41.2, summer 2016, 339-40.

Britton, Celia. Language and Literary Form in French Caribbean Writing. French Studies (March 2016).

Césaire, Aimé. Solar Throat Slashed: The Unexpurgated 1948 Edition. Translated and edited by A. James Arnold and Clayton Eshleman. Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas.

"Kaiama Glover, Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon." Sx salon: a smallaxe literary platform (http://smallaxe.net/wordpress3/reviews/2011/08/30/haiti-unbound/), August 2011.

"Jeremy Popkin, They Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery." The Journal of Interdisciplinary History (42.3) Winter 2012. 491-492.

"Ashli White, Encountering Revolution: Haiti and the Making of the Early Republic." American Historical Review. (116.1) February 2011. 147-148.

"Susan Buck-Morss, Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History." Postcolonial Studies. 13 (4), December 2010, 489-494.

" Martin Munro and Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, Echoes of the Haitian Revolution 1804-2004." French Studies (forthcoming)

"Jane Hiddleston, Understanding Postcolonialism." Modern and Contemporary France (Forthcoming)

"Celia Britton, 'The Sense of Community in French Caribbean Fiction' Modern and Contemporary France (17:4), 2009. 469-70

"Christopher L. Miller, The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade." H-France Forum, Summer 2008.

"Martin Munro, Exile and Post-1946 Haitian Literature." French Studies, (LXII, 4) October 2008, p. 298.

"Gary Wilder, The French Imperial Nation-State: Negritude and Colonial Humanism between the Two World Wars." New West Indian Guide, Spring 2007.

"Ici-Là: Place and Displacement in Caribbean Writing in French, ed. Mary Gallager." Research in African Literatures 36 (1). p. 135.

"Edwidge Danticat, After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti." Journal of Haitian Studies. 10 (1) Spring 2004. 194-96.

"Jeannie Suk: Postcolonial Paradoxes in French Caribbean Writing: Césaire, Glissant, Condé." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (Duke UP). Special issue on "Comparative (Post)colonialisms." 23.1-2. 2003. 355-56.

"Jean-Godefroy Bidima La Palabre: Une juridiction de la parole." French Forum. 26 (3), Fall, 2001.

"Renée Larier Francophone Women Writers of Africa and the Caribbean." French Forum. 26 (3), Fall, 2001.

8. Popularization: Interviews

"É urgente voltar a Marx para entender nova fase da economia," Interview with Folha de São Paolo (Brazil), September 8, 2017. http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/ilustrissima/2017/09/1918777-nos-150-anos-do-capital-professor-defende-que-voltar-a-marx-e-essencial.shtml

"Capitalism is Unfolding Exactly as Karl Marx Predicted," Interview with Olivia Goodhall, Quartz, May 5, 2018. https://qz.com/1269525/capitalism-is-unfolding-exactly-as-karl-marx-predicted/

9. Organizational activities

· Co-convener with Michael Hauser, Jana Berankova, and the Dept. of Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences: Alain Badiou: Thinking the Infinite, Alain Badiou, keynote speaker. April 11-12, 2018.

· Co-convener with Michael Hauser and Dept. of Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences: '68/89: The Philosophy of Jacques Rancière' Jacques Rancière, keynote speaker. October, 2017, Prague.

· Convener, 'Althusser Today,' a round table discussion with Alain Badiou, Bruno Bosteels, and Nick Nesbitt. Princeton University, December 2, 2016.

· Co-convener with Michael Hauser and Dept. of Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences: 'What Does the Word Materialism Mean Today: International Symposium on Alain Badiou, Materialism, and Dialectics.' September 5, 2016, Prague.

· Co-convener with Petr Kužel and the Dept. of Modern Czech Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences: 'Ideologies After the End of Ideologies,' Prague, June 15, 2016, Etienne Balibar keynote speaker.

· Convener and moderator, 'Je suis Charlie: A Roundtable Discussion,' with Joan Scott, Didier Fassin, Sophie Meunier, and André Benhaïm. Princeton, February 4, 2015.

· Convener, 'Reading Capital, 1965-2015,' an international conference with Etienne Balibar, Alain Badiou, Bruno Bosteels, Emily Apter, and Robert Young. Princeton University, December 6, 2013.

· Organizer, 'Violence and Empire: An Interdisciplinary Workshop' with Jean-Godefroy Bidima, Alberto Moreiras, and Gary Wilder. Princeton University, March 1, 2013.

· Convener, 'Haiti: Containing Democracy in the 21st Century,' a Round Table discussion with Peter Hallward, Kim Ives, Ray Laforest, and Nick Nesbitt. Princeton University, March 3, 2011

· Convener, 'Haiti and the Politics of the Universal,' an international conference on Haiti and critical political philosophy, University of Aberdeen, March 12-13, 2010

· Convener, L.P. Irvin international colloquium "Thinking Beyond Borders: Globalization and Universalism in the Francophone World." Held in Oxford in conjunction with the Collège International de Philosophie (Paris) March 21-22, 2003

· Director, Miami University Intensive Study in Paris, France Responsibilities included conception, administration, and teaching (courses on postcolonial cinema and the postcolonial construction of social space) study-abroad program investigating postcolonial Paris as a cosmopolitan site of globalization. June 2001

· Convener, Graduate Student Conference: "Postcolonial Dialogues," featuring key-note speaker Professor J. Michael Dash (NYU), December 2000

· Director, Miami Program in Dijon, France, Summer 2000F.

 

 

 

 

 

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