Jackqueline Frost

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Dr. Jackqueline Frost is Teaching fellow in International Politics at the University of London Institute in Paris, and a member of Groupe Aimé Césaire (ITEM-CNRS/ENS), where she conducted postdoctoral research. Frost’s research centers on the political and aesthetic theory produced by militant intellectuals between France and the Caribbean from the Second World War until end of formal decolonization (c. 1940-1980). With a focus on the transatlantic circulation of ideas, she explores links between politics, philosophy and cultural production using methods drawn from intellectual and cultural history, as well as cultural studies and political philosophy. She has published on topics such as anti-nuclear and ecological struggles during the Global Cold War, the cultural policy of the Cuban Revolution and the Tricontinental, C.L.R. James and the London-based Caribbean Artists Movement, dramatic representations of the Haitian Revolution, gay liberation politics during decolonization, the poetics of antifascism in late imperial France and on Haitian socialist realism in the Third World communist movement. In collaboration with Jorge Lefevre Tavárez (Universidad de Puerto Rico), she is editing the first anthology of Haitian Marxist theory in English translation for the Historical Materialism book series. Fost’s new project, “Nuclear Imperialism and Afro-Caribbean Ecology,” examines how Caribbean societies in the midst of decolonization were influenced by the world-shaking threat of nuclear disaster. This research links nuclear imperialism, terrestrial apocalypse and decolonial ecology by interrogating the Cold War political aesthetics of Jamaican philosopher Sylvia Wynter, Cuban artist Wifredo Lam and Martiniquan poet-playwright Aimé Césaire.