Creolizing the Canon: Philosophy and Decolonial Democratization?

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Jane Anna Gordon
Gopal Guru
Sundar Sarukkai
Kipton E. Jensen
Mickaella L. Perina


How does creolization fare as a social-scientific concept? While Jane Gordon seeks to underscore the potential such a concept might have in the social sciences and philosophy, her discussants Gopal Guru, Kipton E. Jensen, Mickaella Perina, and Sundar Sarukkai draw attention to descriptive and normative issues that need to be addressed before arguments formulating and enacting creolization processes can be brought into domains of life from which they have been historically excluded.

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Gordon, J. A., Guru, G., Sarukkai, S., Jensen, K. E., & Perina, M. L. (2020). Creolizing the Canon: Philosophy and Decolonial Democratization?. Journal of World Philosophies, 5(2), 94–138. Retrieved from
Author Biographies

Jane Anna Gordon, University of Connecticut

Jane Anna Gordon is Professor of Political Science with affiliations in American Studies, El Instituto, Global Affairs, Philosophy, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut. She is author, most recently, of Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement (Routledge, 2020) and Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon (Fordham, 2014) and co-editor, with Drucilla Cornell, of Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2021), and with Cyrus E. Zirakzadeh, of The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance (University Press of Kentucky, 2019). President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) from 2014-2016, she directs the CPA Summer School and co-edits the Creolizing the Canon and Global Critical Caribbean Thought book series. With Lewis R. Gordon, she edits the new, open access journal, Philosophy and Global Affairs.

Gopal Guru

Gopal Guru is the Chief Editor of the Economic and Political Weekly (India).

Sundar Sarukkai

Sundar Sarukkai is the founder of a public initiative Barefoot Philosophers.

Kipton E. Jensen, Morehouse College

Kipton E. Jensen, PhD (Marquette University, 1996), is an associate professor of philosophy and the director of the Leadership Studies Program in the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership (AYCGL) at Morehouse College. He previously served as assistant director of the International Comparative Labor Studies Program (ICLS). Prior to his arrival at Morehouse College in 2010, Jensen taught philosophy at the University of Botswana (2004-2008). Jensen was a visiting scholar at Harvard University in 2000 and at Emory University in 2009. His research on the role of traditional healers and faith communities in public health in Botswana was published as Parallel Discourses: Religious Identity and HIV Prevention in Botswana (2012). Jensen has also published Hegel: Hovering (2012), Howard Thurman’s Sermons on the Parables (2018), and Howard Thurman: Philosophy, Civil Rights, and the Search for Common Ground (University of South Carolina Press, 2019).

Mickaella L. Perina, University of Massachusetts Boston

Mickaella L. Perina is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a co-organizer of the California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race. Her research explores the intersections of race, identity and political membership/citizenship, public and collective memory of slavery and colonialism, race and aesthetics, and migrations and human rights discourse. She published works on inclusion/exclusion in liberal democracy theory; race, identity, and citizenship; and remembering and forgetting as processes at the interplay between official public memory and counter-memories. She is the author of Citoyenneté et Sujétion aux Antilles Francophones [Citizenship and Subjection in the Francophone Antilles] (Paris: L’Harmattan, 1997) and numerous articles.