The Library of Glissant Studies is a collective project which would not be possible without the help and support of dozen of dedicated individuals and institutions across the world. Our team aim at developing researches in the field of Glissant Studies by indexing information, and facilitating collaborations between scholars, students, and universities.
Co-Director and Archivist: Raphaël Lauro (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Raphaël Lauro graduated from the University of Paris-Nanterre in 2015, where he completed a doctoral thesis entitled Édouard Glissant, penseur du monde, poète de la terre (Édouard Glissant, Thinker of the World, Poet of the Earth) and taught 20th & 21st century French and Francophone literature from 2008-2014. From 2008-2011, Lauro also served as the secretary and assistant to Édouard Glissant, which included contributing to the completion of Glissant’s final work, a poetic anthology entitled La Terre, le Feu, l’Eau et les Vents. Une anthologie de la poésie du Tout-monde, which was published by Galaade in 2010. For nearly three years following Glissant's death in 2011, Lauro also classified Glissant's archives, which in 2014 were recognized as a "National Treasure" by the French Ministry of Culture and are currently housed at the National Library of France (BNF). Lauro's interest in contemporary archives and manuscripts later inspired him to establish an archive of the works of Agustín Cárdenas, a Cuban sculptor about whom Lauro is currently completing a monograph (Agustín Cárdenas, une vie de sculpteur), and of the deceased Tunisian thinker Abdelwahab Meddeb, whose previously unpublished radiophonic chronics Lauro edited for publication in 2017 (Abdelwahab Meddeb, Le Temps des inconciliables. Contre-prêches II, Seuil). Lauro has written several articles for peer-reviewed journals and participated in numerous symposiums and cultural projects on the works of Édouard Glissant, including the exhibition "Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Édouard Glissant. The Caribbean: Solitudes and Relation" at the Memorial ACTe in Guadeloupe from 2017-2018, for which he served as a scientific advisor. He is currently an assistant professor at the Université de Montréal.