DAVID AMES CURTIS: BIOGRAPHY
DAVID AMES CURTIS
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David Ames Curtis
, who studied Philosophy at Harvard
University , is a Paris-based American translator, editor, writer, and citizen
activist. He has worked in the States as a multiracial community organizer in
the Carolinas and as a feminist
union organizer at Yale University . At Yale, he also directed research
for Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s Black
Periodical Fiction Project . With Gates, he established the authorship of
Nig (1859 ), the first novel published by an African-American woman.
Curtis's translations and writings
appear in American, European, and Australian journals and books. Among those
whom he has translated are: Cornelius Castoriadis, Fabio Ciaramelli, Pierre
Lévêque, Claude Lefort, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, and Jean-Jacques Lebel.
Thus far, he has translated and edited more than a million words of Cornelius
Castoriadis's writings, and he was the guest editor of a special
issue of the Australian journal of social theory, Thesis Eleven, in
honor of Cornelius Castoriadis on Castoriadis's 75th birthday.
For each of his book-length translations, Curtis writes a Translator's Foreword, each time new and each time improvised in both content and form, to express, through a philosophical reflection upon his own lived experience as a cultural worker, how he himself has been transformed by the inherently disturbing process of transforming the significations of one linguistic community into those of another.
Cofounder in 1990 of Agora International, an organization committed to furthering
the project of autonomy in all its facets, Curtis currently coordinates work
with a Castoriadis Bibliographers' Collective as part of the Cornelius
Castoriadis/Agora International Website . He has spoken on Castoriadis and
his legacy at various international conferences in France, Germany, Greece
, and the USA
. Curtis is also the Secretary-Treasurer and Administrator of the Paris-based
arts organization Mon Oncle D'Amérique
Productions as well as of the Appalachian Springs Foundation.