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John E. Drabinski

Professor of Black Studies

(On Leave 1/1/2014 - 6/30/2014)

Departmental affiliations:Black Studies; Film and Media Studies

education : reading : writing

Ph.D. University of Memphis (1996); A.B. Seattle University (1991)

Media

Personal website and Twitter work

Teaching

I teach widely in the Caribbean and African-American intellectual traditions, with special emphasis on francophone critical theory (see my courses Marvelous Blackness, Black Existentialism, and The Afro-Postmodern). As well, I am interested in Paul Gilroy's work (see Theorizing the Black Atlantic) as a way of thinking about transnational cultural contact and cultural production in the African diaspora. My orientation is resolutely philosophical, in part because that is my character as a thinker and person, but more emphatically because I think it is important to attend to the unique philosophical voice in African-American and Caribbean intellectual life.

Research

In addition to over three dozen essays in European and Africana critical theory, I have published Sensibility and Singularity (SUNY 2001), Godard Between Identity and Difference (Continuum 2008), and Levinas and the Postcolonial: Race, Nation, Other (Edinburgh 2011, winner of the Frantz Fanon Book Prize). I am also editor (with Eric S. Nelson) of Between Levinas and Heidegger (SUNY 2011), an issue of Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy on Godard and Philosophy (2010), an issue of The C.L.R. James Journal (with Marisa Parham) on Édouard Glissant (2011), and (with Jill Stauffer, Ozlem Biner, and Sharika Thiranagama) a special double issue of Humanity on reconciliation. My current research includes a recently completed manuscript entitled Abyssal Beginnings: Glissant, Philosophy, and the Middle Passage and the beginnings of a book-length study of James Baldwin and black Atlantic critical theory. Scott Davidson and I are co-editors of the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy.