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Jane Anna Gordon is Professor of Political Science, with affiliations in American Studies, El Instituto, Philosophy, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at University of Connecticut. She is author of Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement, Creolizing Political Theory, and Why They Couldn’t Wait, co-author of Of Divine Warning, and co-editor of Not Only the Master’s Tools, A Companion to African-American Studies, Creolizing Rousseau, Journeys in Caribbean Thought, and The Politics of Richard Wright. She was President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) from 2014-2017 and continues to direct the CPA Summer School and to co-edit the organization’s two book series, Creolizing the Canon and Global Critical Caribbean Studies. She is Executive Editor, with Lewis R. Gordon of the open access journal Philosophy and Global Affairs.
Drucilla Cornell is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Women’s Studies, and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She is a produced playwright. Cornell also launched The uBuntu Project in South Africa in 2003 and has been working with the project ever since. Cornell’s theoretical and political writings span a tremendous range of both topics and disciplines. From her early work in Critical Legal Studies and Feminist Theory to her more recent work on South Africa, transitional justice, and the jurisprudence of Ronald Dworkin, Cornell continues to think through new and evolving issues in philosophy and politics of global significance. Her latest title, forthcoming in the Global Critical Caribbean Thought series with Rowman and Littlefield, is called Today's Struggle, Tomorrow's Revolution: Afro-Caribbean Liberatory Thought.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Rosa Luxemburg is widely regarded as one the most important historical European woman Marxist theorists. Significantly, for the purpose of creolizing the canon, she considered her continent and the globe from an Eastern Europe that was in constant flux and turmoil. From this relatively peripheral location, she was far less parochial than many of her more centrally located interlocutors and peers. Indeed, Luxemburg’s work touched on all the burning issues of the time and ours, from analysis of concrete revolutionary struggles, such as those in Poland and Russia, to showing through her analysis of primitive accumulation that anti-capitalist and anti-colonial struggles had to be intertwined, to considerations of state sovereignty, democracy, feminism, and racism. She thereby offered reflections that can usefully be taken up and reworked by writers facing continuous and new challenges to undo relations of exploitation through radical economic and social transformation Luxemburg touches on all aspects of what constitutes revolution in her work; the authors of this volume show us that, by creolizing Luxemburg, we can open up new paths of understanding the complexities of revolution.