Space in Relation – Édouard Glissant in architecture and urban studies

*Please note, room change: this event will now be in the G22 Lecture Theatre in UCL's Pearson Building (North East Entrance) - just a one minute walk from the previous listed venue. Map here:*

Recognised as an increasingly major figure in postcolonial studies, Édouard Glissant’s commentary has in the past not been widely critiqued outside of literary and francophone disciplines.

This panel discussion aims to apply the influential writings and key concepts of French-Martiniquan poet/philosopher Édouard Glissant to urban studies, architecture and spatial practice discourse.

Building on recent exhibitions and texts that have sought to take Glissant’s work into other areas, this event will explore the application of his writing - including the books 'Poetics of Relation' and 'Caribbean Discourse' - and key concepts - such as détour and retour, errance, opacity and trace - to discourse and thinking around urban studies, architecture and spatial practice.

Speakers include Sylvie Glissant, Sam Coombes, Heidi Bojsen, AbdouMaliq Simone, and Charles Forsdick. The panel will be followed by a drinks reception and screening of the film 'Édouard Glissant: One World in Relation' by Manthia Diawara.

Preceding the panel, an afternoon workshop (14.00 – 17.00) will run for researchers and others with an interest in a deeper examination of Glissant’s work. To RSVP for the workshop element, please email

05 June 2019

18:00 -20:00

Admission: FREE

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Image: © Photo Daniel Mordzinski, 1993 Carrefour des littératures européennes, Strasbourg, Parlement international des écrivains


University College London

G22 Lecture Theatre, Pearson Building (North East Entrance), Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT


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