Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Journal Remembers Césaire, Black French Poet and Statesman

January 14, 2010

The life and works of Aimé Césaire, “the foremost Black French intellectual-cum-politician of the 20th and 21st centuries,” are explored in a special new issue of French Politics, Culture & Society, based on a symposium held at Brown last year on the anniversary of his death.

From his classic writings, such as The Tragedy of King Christophe, to his political causes, such as the elevation of France’s former West Indian colonies into full French states, Césaire was a poet, rebel, and statesman, writes Northeastern University Professor William F.S. Miles, who as an adjunct faculty member co-organized last year’s Aimé Césaire Memorial Symposium at the Watson Institute.