F. Nick Nesbitt

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312 East Pyne

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Tues: 1:30pm-3:30pm


Nick Nesbitt received his PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures (French) with a Minor in Brazilian Portuguese from Harvard University. He has previously taught at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and at Miami University (Ohio), and in 2003-4 he was a Mellon Fellow at the Cornell University Society for the Humanities. He is the author of Caribbean Critique: Antillean Critical Theory from Toussaint to Glissant (Liverpool 2013); Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment (Virginia 2008); and Voicing Memory: History and Subjectivity in French Caribbean Literature (Virginia 2003). He is also the editor of The Concept in Crisis: Reading Capital Today (Duke 2017), Toussaint Louverture: The Haitian Revolution (Verso 2008), and co-editor with Brian Hulse of Sounding the Virtual: Gilles Deleuze and the Philosophy of Music (Ashgate 2010).

Nick Nesbitt's work in Francophone Studies focuses on the intellectual history of the black Atlantic world. Such a project envisages the recovery, narration, and critique of discontinuous events and concepts as concrete universals.

Teaching and Research Interests

   •    Haitian, French-Caribbean and African Studies
   •    Postcolonial and Critical Theory
   •    Political Philosophy
   •    The labor theory of value and technology in the 21st century
   •    Special interest in the work of Aimé Césaire, Althusser, Fanon, Badiou, John Coltrane, and Gilles Deleuze