frequently asked questions
1. Who was Édouard Glissant?
Édouard Glissant (St. Marie, Martinique 1928 – Paris, France 2011) is one of the most influencial thinker of the 20th century. He is the author of several novels, essays, poems, theater plays, and manifestos (click here to see his works). His work has revolutionized thought about contemporary Caribbean, French and Francophone literature and culture. Drawing from the diverse philosophical, poetic, and oral traditions in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, he questioned and reconsidered the very notion of national boundaries and cultural legacies in order to create a dialogue among civilizations across time and geographic borders.
2. What is the Library of Glissant Studies (LoGS)?
The Library of Glissant Studies is a unique tool that draws on Alain Baudot’s 1993 Bibliographie annotée d’Édouard Glissant (Annotated Bibliography of Édouard Glissant) which contains more than 1300 references. LoGS is a multilingual database dedicated to making texts by and about the Martinican author Édouard Glissant accessible and widely available. The objective of LoGS is to centralize information, in whatever original languages they may have been produced, on Glissant’s work and thought in an open access gratis website, linked to multiple physical and digital archives which contain his manuscripts, and other printed and multi-media materials.
3. Who can contribute to LoGS?
Everyone is welcome to submit materials (texts, photos, videos, events...) by completing the submission form (accessible here). The submission will be reviewed by a member of LoGS's editorial team, and will be added to our database and website once the authenticity of the information has been verified. Your name will then be added to our list of contributors to thank you for your contribution.
4. How can I join the editorial team?
Any scholars (graduate students or professors) with a particular interest and a publication record in the field of Glissant Studies can join the editorial team. New members are encouraged to be a part of one of our research groups (LoGS-Antilles, LoGS-USA, LoGS-France, LoGS-Cuba, LoGS-Japan...) or to create a new one in a different geographical area. We will also ask that the new member's university or institution endorses the project.
5. How can I use the material referenced on the website?
All the texts available on LoGS can be used, as it is our goal to encourage and help scholars to find materials to develop their research and project. In return, we ask you to add the mention "consulted/accessed on the Library of Glissant Studies". For other documents (such as manuscripts, facsimile, pictures, posters, flyers, archives, or videos) we ask you mention the source of the collection followed by the Library of Glissant Studies (Private Archives/LoGS).
6. I am working on a conference/exhibition/event on Édouard Glissant and I need information and/or original documents on a particular topic, how can LoGS help?
Our team is always happy to help develop new research and exhibition projects. Email us at glissantstudies[at]gmail.com and one of our members will help you collect the documents you need in HD. In return, we ask that our logo be present on the flyer and poster of the event.
7. How do I get my event added to LoGS social medias and calendar?
Email information about the events (date, location, poster or flyer...) to glissantstudies[at]gmail.com. A significant portion of the event must focus on the work of Édouard Glissant in order for our team to share it on our social media platforms.