Philosophy and Global Affairs

Volume 1, Issue 2, 2021

Special Forum on Creolizing Social and Political Theory

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
Pages 317-332

The Archive Is Also a Place of Dreams: On Creolization as Method

This piece engages creolization as an approach to the history of philosophy and the sense of justice. Building on ancient philosophical and anthropological accounts of the institutional rituals as well as creolizing analyses by writers of the Black Diaspora, it focuses on the approach outlined by J. A. Gordon’s pathbreaking political theory. Creolization is advanced as an invitation to intensify possibilities lying dormant in the archive of our collective histories and lived experiences. An imaginary or even visual site, first, and only then as a concept, or a discursive practice.