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CCA Seminar: "Indian Ocean Archipelagoes" with Professor Françoise Lionnet


From: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 01:30pm

To: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 04:30pm

Françoise Lionnet is Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African American Studies at Harvard. In Fall 2015, she held the Mary Cornille Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the Newhouse Humanities Center, Wellesley College. She previously served as Director of the UCLA African Studies Center, and as Distinguished Professor of French and Francophone Studies. She is a Research Associate of the Center for Indian Studies in Africa at the Univ. of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, SA. Her current research focuses primarily on Indian Ocean literary, cultural, and historical studies, in relation to Atlantic and Caribbean Studies. Her most recent publications include a two-volume study of the literature and culture of the Mascarene Islands, Writing Women and Critical Dialogues: Subjectivity, Gender and Irony and The Known and the Uncertain: Creole Cosmopolitics of the Indian Ocean (both published in Mauritius in 2012). She is at work on a comparative study of creolization and world literature titled The Indies, Otherwise, and she is editing a translation project on the eighteenth-century Creole poet from Reunion Island, Evariste Parny.


In this seminar, Professor Lionnet will discuss the work of two writers from the Indian Ocean’s multilingual archipelagoes: Sœuf Elbadawi from the Comoros and Shenaz Patel from the Mascarenes. The discussion will revolve around two pre-circulated essays:

Enseng Ho, “Empire through Diasporic Eyes: A View from the Other Boat,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 46.2 (April 2004): 210-246.

Isabel Hofmeyer, “The Complicating Sea: The Indian Ocean as Method,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 32.3 (2012): 584-590.

The event will take place in room 167 of the RUTCOR building (located at 640 Bartholomew Rd. on the Busch campus) and will run from 1:30-4:30. Food and drinks provided. For access to the readings or directions to the RUTCOR building, please call 848-932-7750.


Co-sponsored by the Department of History; the Program in Comparative Literature; the Center for African Studies; the Institute for Research on Women; the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures; the Department of American Studies; the Department of French; the Department of Geography; and the Department of Sociology.


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